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Return to Philly (Palomar Philadelphia)

April 9, 2011

A scant three months and change since my first visit to the Palomar in Philly, I am back near town giving a talk at Swarthmore (in combination with Bryn Mawr and Haverford with just a smidgen of UPenn thrown in for good measure). The drive to Philly was awful on a foggy, rainy day. I-95 was overcrowded. All was well with the world when a way too early to be possible checkin was facilitated by Abby Raymond (Concierge) and her fellow staff members at the Palomar. I dumped off my bag and scooted over to Bryn Mawr in the rain.

After the talk, a group of professors (two of whom I went to grad school with) drove back in to Philly for a raucous and yummy dinner at Tria. Dinner was great, but Tria needs either more space or less popularity. Fitting 5 people around a table there is a stretch. Also it seems like their demographic is 30-somethings. Am I getting old??! My favorite part of dinner was the way we ordered…in three big swaths “all the snacks, all the crostini, and all desserts.”

After dinner, those of us still standing walked two blocks down to Village Whiskey to visit Keith and witness his mixological magic. We started with my old faithfuls the Liberal and a Corpse Reviver #2. Then Keith made us a no-name Bourbon based concoction whose ingredients escape me now (for probably obvious reasons). There was some kind of Amaro with a red label which was neither Averna or Ramazotti. Must return and find out.

On review of previous entries, it appears I have been remiss in my duties to explain how to concoct my two favorite drinks. Without further ado:

The Liberal
.75 oz Bourbon (I like to use Pappy van Winkle 20 when I am feeling adventurous, but definitely something cask strength
.75 oz Sweet vermouth
.3 oz Amer Picon (or Torani Amer if you live in the states and always run out of Amer Picon. Add a dash of Orange Bitters if you go the Torani route, either Fee Brothers or Regans #6)
Stir over ice, serve up with a cherry.

Corpse Reviver #2
1 oz gin (I usually use either Hendricks or Leopold’s)
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz Cointreau
1 drop absinthe
Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a cherry.

Anyway, dinner and drinks could not be beat. And then when I got back to the Palomar (room 1610 this time), Abby had gathered the very best welcoming package I have ever experienced…all of the makings for a Picon Punch or two. Amazing.

See my previous entry on the Philly Palomar for pictures of the room and the all important shower. (Didn’t use the huge bathtub this time either!)

The Philly Palomar is great and so is Abby. Five shower heads. Looks like I’ll need to concoct some more reasons to get to Philly!

16 Responses to “Return to Philly (Palomar Philadelphia)”


  1. […] blogged about the Village Whiskey in Philadelphia before. Just got a chance to swing by again yesterday with Professor Blank for some […]

  2. Chet Ignatowski Says:

    I made a corpse reviver #2 as per the instructions above. i was dubious as I don’t really like gin, but the drink is FANTASTIC. It was so good I had another. The ingredients are easy to come by (found the Lillet Blanc at Total Wine).

    I now have Torani Amer and Fee Brothers Orange Bitters on order, and we shall see how Liberal I can be.


  3. […] Lounge for some mixology. A21 remains a very nice bar to visit in Helsinki. We had a batch of Corpse Reviver #2 and then moved on to a rum lesson. They still have no Amer Picon or Torani Amer. I miss my […]


  4. […] Liberals in the limo during the show was one of my favorite aspects of the limo idea. Somebody had lots of […]


  5. […] particular note, I had a Liberal concocted with TDL’s very own TDL Picon, concocted as […]


  6. […] favorite two drinks are the Liberal and the Corpse Reviver #2. My favorite two bars are drink in Boston and the alembic in San Francisco. But there are more […]


  7. […] the other hand, New Orleans is a great place to visit. Much fun had by all, including a Liberal or two from the doctor’s bag (sometimes yu just have to bring your own), dinner at […]


  8. […] experienced musicians. Inspired by our cocktail-drenched practice room and our usual libation (the Liberal), we named ourselves The Bitter Liberals. The cover of our new CD (also attached [see below again]) […]


  9. […] noplasticshowers, The Liberal .75 oz Bourbon (I like to use Pappy van Winkle 20 when I am feeling adventurous, but […]


  10. […] direction for the ARA practice. Post-summit was a break for apéritifs (I enjoyed a cocktail called The Liberal with a real marisca cherry… a house […]


  11. […] wasn’t long before the spirits were flowing. A Corpse Reviver #2 was served up.  I’ve never had the good fortune of sampling this beverage and I will say it […]


  12. […] On the other hand Scholz Restaurant is much less fancy and not in the same league. Food is good and the bartender is willing to play (we had them try a Corpse Reviver #2). […]


  13. […] Our first visit to the Monaco was so fantastic that it even eclipsed it’s big sister the Palomar. Well done Monaco! Thanks to GM James Adamson for queueing things up perfectly (and Steph Vogel for […]


  14. […] has not been to the Palomar in Philadelphia for a while—six years! So why not. (Just between us, the Philly Monaco takes the win when it […]


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