The drink: I Hear Banjos
The price: $11
The ingredients: Midnight Moon Junior Johnson’s Apple Pie Moonshine, bourbon, homemade spice apple bitters, and applewood smoke
The buzz: This cocktail employs a lot of smoke and mirrors — literally — the bartender traps applewood smoke on top of the cocktail with another upside-down glass; the idea is to let the smoke waft up to your nose while you take that first sip. But the flavors in the drink are simple, rustic, and perfect for a cold winter’s night. I Hear Banjos is served at the Wayland, where the men are bearded and plaid-clad and the drinks match that vibe. This particular cocktail is on the sweet side, so if you’re partial to the Old-Fashioned variety of whiskey drinks, ask the bartender to make it with less moonshine and more bourbon.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 17, 2012