Photo: La ZingaraLa Zingara in Bethel will launch a new cocktail program beginning April 1 with a menu spanning classic cocktails to their own crafted creations. The backbone of the new menu will be rooted in house made ingredients, including syrups, grenadine, fresh-squeezed juices, and (a handful of) bitters. In addition to the new cocktail program, Ecco Rooftop Eatery & Bar (located just above La Zingara) will reopen on April 1 as well.
"We are finally bringing La Zingara up to par on the cocktails that we have been doing on the [Ecco] rooftop for a while now. We are looking to bring the same quality that we bring to our food. Clean, simple drinks that utilize what is in season. Twists on the classics," said Lisa Tassone, La Zingara and Ecco owner.
Another thing to look forward to? Three Negronis on the menu. The Negroni offerings will include a house version, a seasonal interpretation (such as a white negroni in the summer), and a barrel aged take of the classic bitter Italian drink.
The team behind the bar program includes Jamie Gegeny as the main bartender for La Zingara downstairs and Matt Gray heading up things on Ecco Rooftop. David Lancaster of Skurnik helped to get the program off the ground, working with the staff on the menu.
Here are just a few to pique your interest:
Elderflower Syrup, Aperol, Greenhook American Dry Gin, or Broken Shed Vodka & Prosecco
El Dorado 3yr Rum. Fresh Lime, Giffard Frais des Bois Liquer, Basil
OLD TOM COLLINS
Greenhook Old Tom Barrel Aged Gin, Fresh Lemon, Simple, Club
LA ZING SLING
El Dorado 5 yr Rum, Fresh Lemon, Orange,Giffard Almond, Club, Bigallet Float
MY FAVORITE COLOR IS VODKA
Crop Organic Vodka, Giffard Crème des Peche, Orange, Fresh Lemon, Ginger
LOVE AND DAGGERS
Dudognon Reserve Cognac, Contratto Vermouth Rosso, Fresh Lemon, Absinthe Mist
EL BURRO PICANTE
Nuestra Soledad Mezcal, Blood Orange, Fresh Lime, Giffard Ginger, Chipolte Salt Rim