You’ve probably had a cocktail before. Maybe you like an Old Fashioned or an Aperol Spritz. Maybe you’re into the Moscow Mule trend. But, until you’ve had a cocktail from Station in Bloomfield, you haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of cocktails.
About three months ago, Station launched a more elaborate cocktail menu than they’ve ever done before. We’re talking cocktails with elements made in a centrifuge – yes, like you learned about in your middle school science class. They’re creating cocktails the same way their chef creates menu items, with the same attention to detail to every layer of flavor.
On the menu, you’ll find a few different types of drinks: soft cocktails, clear spirits, dark spirits, and community cocktails. Each section of the menu has about four cocktails to choose from, and they rotate every few months. Soft cocktails are like a session cocktail – they have a low ABV, so you can stay and enjoy the flavors and creativity while you chat.
Community cocktails are classic punches with a spirit, spice (like tea), citrus, and sugar. And they’re served in antique punch bowls so they’re very photogenic. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing. They’re building cocktails focusing on different cultures. They like to include elements that have meaning to them…why does this culture drink this tea, for example.
Station is also serving up siphoned cocktails. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you’ll likely recognize the siphon. Basically, you put a liquid in the bottom chamber, herbs and flavorings in the top chamber, and a flame under it to heat the liquid and infuse the flavors. Plus, they’re serving up the siphoned cocktail table-side, so it’s more than just a cocktail. Station is creating an experience, encouraging people to come together.
If the siphoned cocktail isn’t your thing, maybe a smoked cocktail is. Station’s cocktail menu is a work in progress, designed to entertain and promote conversation. Which, protip, is perfect for a first date if you’re worried the conversation might drag.
When you talk to the staff about the menu, it’s clear how proud they are of the hard work they’re putting into every sip. The bar and food programs at Station mirror each other, taking approachable ingredients and executing them in a modern way, resulting in a one of a kind experience.