What to Drink at Monument Lane: The General James Wolfe


Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too.

The drink: General James Wolfe

The bar: Monument Lane (103 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich Village, 212-255-0155 )

The price: $14

The ingredients: Laphroaig Scotch, orgeat, honey, and a half rim of toasted, crushed almonds and salt.

The buzz: The inspiration for the name of this peaty little number was, like a number of the other drinks on the menu, an old map of Manhattan dating to 1767 found in the restaurant. So, who was General James Wolfe, anyway? A quick Wikipedia search reveals the British officer was best known for defeating the French in Canada. How he ended up as a smoky-sweet-salty sip from a glass is unclear. But the weighty mouthfeel of the liquid and substantial texture of the garnish suggest he was not a man to be trifled with. This one isn’t quite Scotch 101, but it’s a gentle introduction to the spirit should you be looking to venture into its territory. If you get in over your head, just wave the white flag of the almond-salt rim for a quick and tasty rescue.

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