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.
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.