LUXE Modern Wine & Cocktails in Westport is focusing on mixology education this fall and winter just in time to get your bar fully stocked and your skills sharpened for the holiday entertaining to come. Cocktail Classes will be held on 10/29, 11/19, 12/17, and focus on the following subjects: Setting up a home bar, basic bar tools, basic cocktails with mixers; basic cocktails Spirits, punch and cocktails for a crowd, how to create your own signature cocktail, and prepping your home bar for a cocktail party. To RSVP, leave a message for LUXE @ 203 349 5039 or message on facebook.
I recently stopped by there to test of a cocktail or two myself and fell in love with both the process and the presentation of their newest cocktail, the Last Man Standing. It drank like a swift kick to the curb, followed by a warm and apologetic embrace. We've been friends ever since. The Last Man Standing is a heady combination of Willet Rye, Old Olo Rosso Sherry and Benedictine, stirred together with a large cube of ice and served in a smoked brandy snifter, garnished with a lemon peel that has been soaking in allspice dram (they originally tested this with a single malt scotch soak, making it a bit peatier).
Owned by former technology executive Robert Reilly with bartender Jamie McGowan helping to hold down the fort, LUXE has filled the need in Westport for that all important pre and post dinner drinks spot. Reilly has always appreciated wine, make his own blend at home, but it was a book by his wife that sparked a love of cocktails. The NOLA Ramos Gin Fizz in the "The Modern Mixologist" is responsible for what Reilly's "discovery that what I love about LUXE is bringing the cocktail culture to Westport and making cocktails that exceed peoples expectations."
Convening in sleek and smartly designed bar with friends or grabbing a glass of wine with a plate of charcuterie and cheese, LUXE's strength is its thoughtful selections of wine (both by the glass and bottles) and growing list of inventive cocktails.
LUXE Modern Wine & Cocktails is located at 190 Main Street, Westport. Hours are, Tue-Thur 5 pm to 1 am, Fri-Sat 4-1, Sunday 12-9 and Closed on Monday.