Get Jigger With It
Going down South King Street is part of my daily commute, and I have always noticed Pint + Jigger’s giant sign. So, I finally decided to pay a visit to the popular pub.
The dimly lit bar is small, but it’s fully stocked with both familiar and not-so familiar alcohols, along with “Lucky 21” beers on tap ranging from amber ales to dry stouts. The menu also lists 48 other beers. For those of you who, like me, tend to prefer cocktails, there is the Freigeist Abraxxxas, which tastes similar to cider.
While making my way to the bar, I was greeted with the intoxicating smell of beef and barbecue sauce, as Pint + Jigger also serves food that includes The Pint + Jigger Stout Burger, Black & Bleu Sliders, Pork Belly Confit and Beer-Battered Fresh Fish and Fries. The menu also features a suggested craft beer pairing for each dish.
Once at the bar, I chatted with the bartender about the best cocktails, and I was directed to The Threesome, which is served in a bottle and contains bourbon, scotch, mescal, Ramazotti and Bénédictine. (Ramazotti is an amaro, and Bénédictine is an herbal flavored liqueur produced in France.) Other popular choices include Mesquite Smoked Manhattan with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Carpano Antica, orange and Angostura bitters and mesquite smoke; and the 5th Amendment, which is loaded with Evan Williams Bourbon, yellow chartreuse, Fernet and lilikoi bitters.
The menu is filled with cheeky descriptions, like, “You have the right to this whiskey drink in silence!” for the 5th Amendment, and, “Who wants to sleep with the same drink every night?” for a cocktail called Polygamy.
My choices for the night included the Talventi (pictured) with rye whiskey, Campari, cold-brewed coffee and house vanilla cream, and the Misbehavin with house-infused Marasca cherry spirit, lilikoi, lemon bitters and lime juice. In Talventi, the cold-brewed coffee is strong enough to mask the whiskey, without dulling the warmth from the alcohol, and the vanilla cream balances the bitter flavor with sweetness. According to the bartender, the coffee is cold-brewed for 72 hours and is a mix of Kona coffee and intense Guatemalan.
As for the Misbehavin, those with a sweet tooth will appreciate its fruity flavors. The cherry spirit is made in-house and tastes similar to the cherry juice in Maraschino jars. (A spirit falls somewhere between gin and vodka in taste and bite.)