Boozy brunch-lovers rejoice! The popular East Village watering hole, Drexler’s, launched its all-new weekend brunch menu this past weekend. Known for its Louisiana flare and live music, Drexler’s new creative cocktails highlight why it’s favored among locals looking to grab a drink. With exposed brick walls, whitewashed ceilings, and an iron bar counter, it has a trendy, warm, and rustic look and a casual vibe. Downstairs is a low key lounge that houses a piano and more intimate seating.
Since everyone knows that no true New York City brunch can be had without some chic cocktails, the new weekend only menu introduces an innovative selection of daytime specific drinks such as traditional Bloody Marys, classic mimosas, and special “Beermosas,” which are made with a pilsner brewed exclusively for Drexler’s from the Brooklyn-based Kelso Brewery. In addition, five other inspired cocktails were added to cater to more adventurous drinkers: the Bloody Caesar, Paloma, Bramble, the Americano, and the much anticipated Mediterranean Bloody Mary.
The Bloody Caesar, made with George Green Chile Vodka, horseradish, and a nice dose of Tabasco sauce, certainly has a kick to it. The spicy drink features a bold horseradish flavor, so unless you’re a fan of spice, steer clear.
The Paloma is for tequila-lovers. With Tromba Blanco Tequila and Jarritos Grapefruit soda, this refreshing drink is a bit tart and citrusy. As someone who actually likes tequila, I enjoyed the sweet, lime flavors alongside the smokiness of the salt they incorporated into the drink. The flavors complemented the tequila well.
The Bramble is also a fruitier, sweet cocktail that’s made with Beefeater Gin. Topped with a blackberry, this pretty pink and bubbly drink is one that will soon become a favorite among gin-drinkers.
The Americano is made with Campari and a smooth vermouth, reminding me of a fizzy version of the classic negroni. With orange flavors and some spice, this strong cocktail, which is a lesser-known classic, will undoubtedly get your morning — or afternoon — started with a buzz.
Finally, The Mediterranean Mary is one of the most unique drinks I’ve tasted. The strongest flavors come from the olive tapenade. If you don’t like olives, you won’t like this cocktail; luckily, I do! In combination with seasonings such as basil and oregano, it tastes similar to a spiked tomato pasta sauce; however, don’t let that deter you. Garnished with a tasty skewer of coppa calabrese, mozzarella, and a ripe cherry tomato, this drink has a complex mix of flavors and is a savory, fiery cocktail that shouldn’t be over looked.
As for food, Drexler’s offers a variety of charcuterie boards that include both meats and smoked salmons, and fresh bagels baked by Black Seed Bagels. If you’re looking to warm up, the restaurant also serves The Gumbo Bros chicken and sausage-filled gumbo. Come for the breakfast bites and stay for the cocktails and lively atmosphere!