Southwark‘s warming whiskey cocktails are a retro treat at this old-school neighborhood haunt known for slow food and strong drink. Reviving rather than inventing cocktails, its barmen favor American straight rye to anchor classic recipes. Solid Old Overholt bumps Canadian blends out of the $5.50 well, while sassy, pineapple-splashed Algonquins seem almost stately with Rittenhouse Rye. Michters Single Barrel makes a Sazerac that evokes nostalgia for New Orleans, but the real deal is a Manhattan made with rare Hirsch 13-year-old straight rye-a trip back in time.
701 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This story appears in the print issue of August 2008.
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