PT’s at College Hill, 17th & Washburn (fondly known as the Flying Monkey, or just “The Monkey”) introduced its new cocktail menu to a select group of friends and loyal customers at a recent gathering. Already a mecca for coffee and craft beer lovers, seveneightfive invites those seeking out new liquor treatments to re-visit the Monkey.
Putting the “bar” back in coffee bar
Since PT’s is known for their coffee drinks, we’ll start here with the coffee cocktails. Offerings range from martini-style to the traditional classic Irish coffee, served of course with Jameson’s Irish whiskey. The more exotic choice though would be the Chilled Brasileiro, a blend of PT’s Cold Front coffee with Creme de Cacao, Copa de Oro coffee liqueur, chocolate and cream served over the rocks with a dollop of whipped cream. Other coffee-liquor blends include the Mocha Martini, the Night “Capp,” a spicy cappucino blend with Cinn-Fire cinnamon whiskey, Bailey’s and Coffee, and the Drunken Affagato, a real treat with a scoop of Iwig Dairy’s Vanilla Ice Cream.
PT’s “regular” cocktail menu is anything but regular. Asked by co-owner Jeff Taylor to name my favorite, the Dusty Dodge wins, hands down. Described on the menu as a hard pink lemonade, it has a nice bite that will please any drinker looking for a new go-to drink. The Caipirina, a Brazilian cocktail with mint leaves, will please anyone looking for an update to the ubiquitous mojito. The Rivera, with vodka, tequila and pineapple juice is a delicious alternative to the margarita, and will go nicely with patio-drinking at the Monkey this summer. The Top City Horsefeather, a whiskey concoction with bitters, fresh squeezed orange and ginger ale received quite the buzz in the room. The menu is rounded out with the Classic Manhattan. Billed as Jeff’s favorite, I didn’t give this one a taste, as that is endorsement enough for me!
There are many reasons to visit the Monkey: friends, open mic on Tuesday nights, Game Nights, live music events, great food, coffee, and craft beers. The cocktail menu, with drinks ranging from $6-9, certainly adds another reason to stop in for a while and enjoy.
[ Story by Rio Cervantes-Reed | Photos contributed ]