José Andrés to Open 'Cocktail Lab,' Barmini
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After many days of anticipation, José Andrés has announced his newest project — and it's one we can certainly toast to. Popping up next door to minibar, Andrés will open "Barmini," a "culinary cocktail lab," on Feb. 15. (Consider it a Valentine's Day present for your cocktail-loving heart.)
Eater reports that Barmini will have 100 seasonally changing cocktails on the menu; and in fitting Andrés form, the drinks will have plenty of infusions, emulsifiers, carbonation, espumas, and extractions. Some sneak peeks of the cocktail menu: the "Mezcaleros Brew," a mezcal, kina, honey, and Belgian tripel beer cocktail, and the "Big in Japan," a cocktail with Japanese whiskey, salers and suze, and a mezcal marshmallow.
Barmini will also have some barfood, including a butternut squash meringue and an interesting take on the Philly cheesesteak. With cocktails ranging from $14 to $20, and bar foods ranging from $6 to $20, it's clear that Barmini is the more affordable option compared to minibar — that is, if you can get a table. And with that, we'll leave you with an Andrés quote that is sure to become a classic in a short manner of time: "You can eat to live, but also, you can drink to survive."
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