Pick Your Own: Orchard Fresh Old Fashioned
Perched in the heart of Olneyville Square in Providence, there’s a swingin’ little cocktail joint named Justine’s. Art Deco–inspired chandeliers aglow, here, the spirit of the Golden Age of classic cocktails is alive and well.
Proprietor Mike Sears has hit the mark with a genuinely accessible $6 classic cocktail menu, opening minds and expanding palates with cold, crisp martinis, briny Gibsons and irresistibly aromatic Manhattans.
Bartender Cara Boyd has been behind the bar at Justine’s since day one, March 2013, and she’s a whiz when it comes to mixing up Old Fashioneds. The Old Fashioned is the original cocktail both historically and by definition: bitters, sugar, water (ice) and spirits. In Boyd’s Newton’s Old Fashioned, crunchy sweet Gala apples ballast an acerbic blend of Angostura and Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters. Bold, spicy bourbon and the buoyant essence of cardamom uncoil as you sip, revealing perhaps the true power of an Old Fashioned: that you’ll never experience the same sip twice.