The Prospect Lounge at the Padre Hotel has been bringing a highly unique experience to local club-goers for some time now. You feel like you’re being pampered as soon as you enter and see a gorgeous bar covered in colored glass and two stories of pure excitement, completely decorated with plush couches, large pillows, huge windows, and tufted walls.
Much like the rest of the hotel, posh service is always on the menu and a dance floor and a dj keep the party going into the wee hours of the morning.
Keeping in step with this wonderful atmosphere is the roster of fun drinks that they serve, which is always evolving. “We like to change up the selection regularly and offer different flavors,” asserted Food and Beverage Manager Zachary Heidrich. Some of their newest selections (which are always made with fresh ingredients) are the Jalapeño Mango Margarita, Strawberry Mojito, and a delightful little gem that he was able to share with us.
“The ‘Man’hattan is great if you like whiskey,” Heidrich said. Furthermore, this particular drink will make you especially happy if you also enjoy bacon. “We cook the bacon till it is really well done, and with the coating on it, which basically turns it into candied bacon, it doesn’t get soggy unless you let it sit for a very long time.”
We are thinking it won’t have the chance! This very special drink starts off a little sweeter, but then ends with a strong bourbon bite. However, we discovered that if you nibble on the bacon while you drink (and, really, why wouldn’t you?), the sweetness of that amazing garnish mellows the bourbon flavor out very nicely.
Don’t let the punny name throw you, though! Plenty of ladies have ordered it, loved it, and lived to tell the tale. CHEERS!
Prospect Lounge ‘Man’hattan
- 1 3/4 oz. Dry Bourbon
- 3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 oz. Smoked Maple Syrup
- Small Bacon Strip
- Vanilla Glaze
Cook bacon strip till well done and cover with vanilla glaze. Freeze until hardened like candy and keep in freezer until drink is prepared. Combine remaining ingredients and 1/4 oz. of the syrup into a martini shaker filled with ice and shake until cold and well blended. Use the remaining 1/4 oz. of the syrup to glaze the inside of a martini glass. Strain mixture into martini glass and garnish with the bacon strip.