Crave's Japalac is a throwback to pre-Prohibition days


Japalac $8.95

Crave West End 1603 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park 952.933.6500 website

The renaissance of classic cocktails continues, this time at Crave in St. Louis Park. From the alternate universe that is the West End complex, this drink is a bit of a takeoff of a dry Manhattan--rye whiskey was used to prepare the Manhattan before Prohibition, and bourbon was used after-- given a splash of fruity sweetness to tame the rye's burn. This cocktail recipe also dates to pre-Prohibition--the recipe can be found in The Old Waldorf- Astoria Bar Book.

Crave's Japalac is very true to the original recipe, using rye whiskey, orange juice, raspberry syrup, and dry vermouth. The scent is a little bitter, like Campari, but the fruity notes fill in the gaps and make this drink whole and balanced--not too strong or too sweet. An excellent sip on a sunny day, and would also be a good winter warmer--thus the beauty of these versatile flavors. The original was served straight up, which might be a good choice so the ice melt doesn't change the flavor.

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