Lawless Distilling drink
While Lawless Distilling’s cocktail room officially opens this Thursday, June 23, I happened to hear that they were opening their Friends and Family practice night to the public last Saturday, and as I was out and about, I dipped in.
Lawless is a relatively new distillery in Seward, but after a year selling Tippling House Vodka and Greenway Gin, they are just now launching their cocktail room. That’s big news, because it’s being run and operated by the Bittercube guys.
Lawless Distilling drinks
Beware the low low lighting, Instagrammers.
One of the coolest things about the project is the playfulness of it, the way it brings cocktailing back to the hangout, leaving much of the serious pretension of mixology outside the door. Of course there’s tiki, because: tiki. I had to start the night off with a gold-painted coconut (Kosevich is self-described as obsessed with edible spray paints) holding a drink called Green Isaac’s Special with gin, demerara sugar, cherry bark vanilla bitters and coconut water for a nutty and refreshing drink. Tiki is just one of three sections on the menu. The Highballs section includes a sub-category called Hecho en Mexico. Basically what they do is pop the top on glass bottles of Mexican Coke, Orange Fanta, Squirt and the like, remove a bit of the soda and replace it with mixers and vodka, then recap the bottle: Pepped up pop for you. I tried the Squirt which had agave nectar, lime, salt & pepper solution, and Jamaican #2 bitters added, and next time I’m going Orange Fanta with Curacao and blackstrap bitters.
Cocktails are the third section and include a “French 75” with Champagne syrup and seltzer, a martini with “dry vermouth” that’s been made with no wine, and Ms. Badu with vodka, clarified milk punch, and peach bitters. Within this section there’s also a shot for you to play mixologist. The DIY Daisy provides you with a card that you fill out and hand to the bartender. Choose Your Own Adventure with spirits, liqueurs, syrups, and bitters: I did citrus infused vodka, grapefruit liqueur, coconut syrup, and orange bitters and I did well.
Lawless Distilling DIY Drink
Another thing of note, there are no windows in this bar. It’s a smallish room in a warehouse nestled in Seward (down the block from The Hex and Memory Lanes), with white cement block walls and yet, it felt cozy. It actually reminded me of a Japanese cocktail bar where space is a premium and you make the small amount you have do your bidding. “We really just want it to bring people together, the neighborhood people and those driving in. We always just wanted a relaxed place to hang out,” said Nate Karnitz, one of the owners. Go and gather, starting this Thursday.