When: January 9, 2016, 6:30 PM
Verdict? Not recommended
The Lounge at Steakhouse 55 is a casual bar in the Disneyland Hotel. It’s a different entity and menu from Steakhouse 55: the Lounge is a cocktails-and-appetizers operation, a place to get a drink and a snack while you wait for your Steakhouse 55 reservation.
The Lounge has a handful of “signature cocktails” on its menu. Many of these (the Manhattan, the Aviation) can be found at other restaurants around the resort, but one – the Scofflaw – I hadn’t seen before. And so, given the mission of this blog, it was time to give it a try.
In terms of appearance, this looks a helluva lot like an Aviation. It’s an accessible, not-too-opaque purple liquid, served up.
In terms of flavor, my initial reaction was very positive. This drink is rye, vermouth, lemon juice, and grenadine. The mouth feel is good, and the drink doesn’t taste medicinal (unlike many rye drinks I’ve tried). It’s almost like grapefruit juice, served with a small twist of lemon.
Unfortunately, the Scofflaw overstays its welcome. My initial burst of happiness with the drink – hey, this is really good … do I want another? – faded as I drained my glass. There was nothing “wrong” with the thing, but it just failed to break out. Unlike, say, the Smoked Turkey, there’s not enough of a signature flavor to make me crave a second one.
So: not recommended. This is a capably-made cocktail, but the overall experience just isn’t competitive with other cocktail options on the menu. I’d say: keep looking.