Daniel Cahill burns a slab of hickory using a handheld blowtorch and flips a whiskey glass face-down on its surface. After allowing a few minutes for the tumbler to fill with smoke, he turns it upright and adds Redemption bourbon, plus a few other key ingredients.
Cahill, who owns the 1920s-themed cocktail club The Blind Pig, which opened in December on White Plains’ Martine Ave, explains that the process for crafting the Overruled — a drink that’s a smokier spin on the classic Old Fashioned — is mostly the same every time. Cahill is meticulous about mixology: “I don’t care if this bar is full to the brim. I’m not giving you [the Overruled] any other way,” Cahill says. “Because of that attention to detail, we’ve had an influx of really talented bartenders.”
Every Tuesday, Cahill and co-owner James Brennan gather their staff to brainstorm. They take inventory of what liquors they have in stock and discuss which to work into the menu. These workshop sessions are how cheekily named drinks — including the Well Slapped Arse and Daddy Jazz Hands — were born. But Cahill’s favorite to concoct is The Secret.
Angostura bitters are combined with honey, lemon, Tito’s vodka, egg whites, amaro, and just the right amount of ice (too much slows the aeration of the egg whites), then poured and garnished with lavender bitters.
This is the first bar owned by either Cahill or Brennan, who are both native to Ireland. “Our goal is to introduce a person to a drink they didn’t have before and for them to enjoy it,” Cahill says. “That’s the best.”