Nic Cage-inspired cocktail menu does not contain bits of real Nicolas

Nicolas Cage laughs at a cocktail party
“Yes, I’ll have a Raising Arizona, please”
Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan (Getty Images)

If you had to assign a flavor profile to Nicolas Cage’s finest art film, National Treasure (2004), what would it be? A “hard-start julep” with rye whiskey, PX sherry, Demerara rum, and fresh mint, perhaps? That’s one recipe currently available at Grand Army Bar, a Brooklyn outpost that just launched an all-new Nicolas Cage-themed cocktail menu for the summer.

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According to a press release sent to The Takeout, the menu consists of 14 new cocktails created by the bar’s beverage director and head bartender. The menu includes a few different riffs on martinis, Old Fashioneds, spicy margs, negronis, tiki drinks (including the Moonstruck, a local aperitivo spritz with pisco, rhubarb, and grapefruit), and the Raising Arizona, a vodka Collins with yuzu, toasted sesame, and salted plum. There’s even a spritz on tap known as “Nic Cage Champagne,” which sounds equal parts tasty and violent.

The reasoning behind the Nic Cage-themed menu remains unclear; however, the bar is reportedly known for its self-described “irreverent cocktail menu themes,” including My Little Pony, Gilmore Girls, Sade songs, monster trucks, and the state parks of Oklahoma, just to name a few. If you want to stop by for a taste of Cage, Grand Army Bar is located in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood. The fancy-ish menu also includes oysters, sashimi, and cockles, in case you’d like to sip a Raising Arizona while surrounded with upscale seafood. Nicolas Cage probably won’t be behind bar—but if a $16 cocktail makes you feel close to the actor, I say go for it.

Staff writer @ The Takeout, joke writer elsewhere. Wrangling dogs and pork shoulder in Chicago.

DISCUSSION

yourmomandmymom
Darth Fabulous

Looked at the menu. They missed the most obvious one of doing a Wicker Man themed cocktail using honey.