Stockade Tavern’s benevolent bait and switch
Years of lazy bartending and rueful expectations had nearly killed the cocktail. It was the tyranny of low expectations that brought us countless watery Cosmos and cloying Long Island Iced Teas and left us with no other option than to just get drunk.
No one knows this better than Paul Maloney, co-owner of Stockade Tavern in Kingston, where the pre-prohibition cocktail washes away decades of apathetic cocktails.
For Maloney and company, their mission is to restore dignity, taste, and nuance to the cocktail repertoire, which sometimes means a gentle nudging away from amenable standards toward something a bit more inventive and expressive. We asked Maloney to provide us with his suggested alternatives to commonly ordered drinks that…well, lack a certain verve.