Cocktails & Spirits

Albert Trummer's The Drawing Room: Fire, Elixirs, and Prescription Potables

Albert Trummer prefers being called a pharmacist to a mixologist. And, he's correct, in a fashion.

Long before there were pills to be popped to assist your sleep, give you energy, or help you "get it up," pharmacists prescribed tinctures, elixirs, and potables that "cured what ailed you." Some of them were backed in the centuries-old science of herbal medicine. Others were purely snake oil. And most of them were alcohol-based. In fact, Peychaud's bitters were invented by a local New Orleans pharmacist named Antione Amedie Peychaud. His bitters were the roots of the Sazerac cocktail, which was used as a cure-all for everything from nerves to insomnia.

Trummer is a modern-day version of these pharmacist/bartenders, only his laboratory is behind the bar of the Drawing Room, which recently opened at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. The bar is decorated in warm sepia tones, so when you arrive you actually feel like you're walked into an old movie.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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