What to Drink at William Hallett: The Speakeasy


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

​​​The drink: Speakeasy

The bar: William Hallett (36-10 30th Avenue, Astoria, 718-269-3443)

The price: $9

The ingredients: Bourbon, absinthe, and bitters, stirred and served on the rocks

The buzz: Yawn, you might be thinking in the face of yet another Prohibition-themed potable. But the name of this cocktail is really the most gimmicky thing about this bar. The bar itself — “casually elegant,” as the website accurately describes it — is a solid neighborhood joint with a gastropubby vibe. The cocktail list is brief and the drinks made without fanfare. The Speakeasy, a simple three-ingredient concoction, boasts no small-batch spirit or designer bitters — although the orange twist does get caramelized over an open flame before your eyes before it’s dropped into the glass. The result is surprisingly Christmasy, super-spiced. Deck-the-halls cinnamon and cloves with a sweet bourbon bite.

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