over 35 degrees Celsius in May. Whatever, we just want some booze. This week: Wild Wild West cocktail at The 1515 West Chophouse & Bar.elcome to our column where we look at what’s good to drink around Shanghai. And because it’s Friday. And also becauseit’s
If you’re thinking Will Smith in a top hat battling villains on a steampunk robot spider, stop right there. That dubious 1999 movie remake (thankfully) isn’t the basis of this cocktail at The 1515 West steakhouse.
Instead, it’sthe original 1960s television series “The Wild Wild West” that inspired this cocktail of the same name. Created by new bar manager Mochammad Fadli, it’s one of nine signature drinks that references the show’s depiction of the American frontier. “It’s about the journey, cowboys, and detectives,” the Indonesian bartender said. “I want the drink to have aclassic American style.”
The Wild Wild West is a mashup of two old-school cocktails, the Manhattan and the Toronto. Both are whiskey-based, which Fadli sticks to with a 1515 West-exclusive Elijah Craig bourbon infused with popcorn butter. Both cocktails meet again in two Italian bitter liqueurs: the Manhattan’s vermouth, which Fadli replaces with the artichoke amaro Cynar, and the Toronto’s Fernet Branca. The drink is sweetened with a homemade syrup made from corn, and the leftover corn pulp is salted, spiced, and dehydrated into a tortilla chip garnish, alongside a Manhattan-soaked cherry.
You’re meant to have a bite of the chip before having a sip, and the drink tastes ebulliently spicy and herbal before the richness of the butter takes over. It’s like the liquid equivalent of traveling from forests of Michoacan to a strip mall in the Midwest, or Will Smith paying tribute to a TV classic by rapping “wicka wicka” with “wild, wild west.” Guess there’s no escaping that.
Wild Wild West (¥118)
50ml Fat-washed popcorn butter bourbon
5ml Fernet Branca
5ml Corn syrup
2 Dashes aromatic bitters
Shake all the ingredients together over ice and serve in a cocktail glass with a corn chip and cherry.
The 1515 West Chophouse & Bar
4/F, 1218 Middle Yan’an Road / 延安中路1218号4楼