Alder bar director Kevin Denton's dinnertime drink menu includes what I contend is a mighty nifty feature: the option to order several of the cocktails as "shorts." You get less than a full drink and pay half of the full price. For instance, you can have yourself a Bloody Mary tasting by ordering a trio of shorts. Our favorite: the Yellow Light, a bright, savory-sweet combination of pineapple, yellow pepper, and jalapeño tequila.
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"We're definitely not doing anything Modernist or molecular like we might do at WD[-50]," says bar manager Kevin Denton. "This is supposed to be the kind of bar you could just drop by and order a couple quick drinks and a bite to eat, so we want to keep that quick, simple aesthetic." Despite their unique flavors, these drinks that are meant to be drunk, not pondered.
Wylie Dufresne's wd~50 is known as a place of relentless experimentation. So perhaps it's to be expected that bar manager Kevin Denton has just as much fun with the cocktail menu. He showed us 6 of his favorite drinks: some with cold-smoked spirits, some with centrifuged infusions, and some that grow as you drink them.