Hands on the clock, as measured by those in the mixology world, move quickly. By now the barrel-aged negroni is the stuff of legend, and for me, the stuff of habit. At Citizen Public House in Old Town Scottsdale, I haven't not ordered a barrel-aged negroni in years. Not, at least, between three and six every day, when the barrel spouts flow quicker, and do so for five dollars a pop.
Shelby Moore Beverage Director Brandon Casey presents the Fernet-chu Picchu.
But old habits die hard, and aged habits must become fluid. So I was pleased to see that after some considerable time, Citizen Public House Beverage Director Brandon Casey was making some moves on a barrel-aged menu that had seen very little change (a julep, I think, was added a couple season ago). Such is the nature of aged things, I suppose -- they tend to stick around for a while.
New creations -- not one, but three -- were announced over Instagram about a week ago, so I headed on in to chat with Casey and, hopefully, to change my ways.More »