Mata Hari Jewel, Por Do Sol, Chrysanthemum, 19th Century
For optimum sampling purposes, I find that getting shot-sized versions of a bar's regular cocktails really does the trick. We started out with the Mata Hari. For a drink that includes absinthe, it was insanely smooth and a bit sweet, and not scarily harsh at all. This was a lot like an absinthe mojito. For the Por Do Sol, our waiter lit a chunk of orange peel with a lighter, rubbed the glass rim with it and then tossed it inside the drink. Very showy! A sweet orange scent accompanied what turned out to be the strongest of the four drinks. If you need a tropical drink with enough of a boozy kick to massage your mouth, this one is for you. The Chrysanthemum scent was similar to the previous drink, but the taste was drier. It was also pretty strong, but so smooth that you barely notice. Our last shot, the 19th Century, had a crisp lemon scent that matched the taste. It was sweeter than the Mata Hari, but still definitely for adults; while smoothness again tempered that strength. Each of these drinks was so smooth and incredibly well-crafted that drinking them was like driving a perfectly designed Italian sports car; you really have to experience them to believe their awesomeness.