August 13, 2020

Happy Hour Explorers: 9 Drayton

Nestled in downtown Savannah on Drayton, almost to Bay Street, is 9 Drayton. In the place that I will forever think of as Zunzi’s 2, is a new, upscale restaurant.

img_4268The menu looks pretty fancy,and when in a fancy bar, I order a fancy thing.

The Happy Hour at 9 Drayton is Tuesday through Sunday, 4-6 pm. Their website claims they have “fabulous drink specials,” but from our exploration, we found that the Happy Hour deal was only $2 off drinks. This means that while the beer is affordable, specialty cocktails are still going to run about $10.

I chose the Little Hummingbird, which is a champagne cocktail, because it was a fancy place, so I ordered a fancy thing. The drink itself was tasty, champagne with elderflower liqueur and a maraschino cherry. We were there just as the bar opened at 4 pm, so we were the only customers on that particular rainy afternoon.

IMG_3803Based on the set-up of the dining room, it appeared that they might have live music as well during dinner hours.

In terms of Happy Hours, I think we have found better deals in town.

Champagne Cocktail

(The Classic)

Type in Champagne cocktail into a Pinterest search, and you will be bombarded with absurdly complicated ideas of Champagne based recipes. From Champagne soaked gummi bears to a Champagne Brunch Bar, I wholeheartedly endorse the idea of drinking more champagne. However, a classic cocktail is very clearly prescribed, once again by the International Bartenders Association (IBA):

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/3 oz Cognac
  • 3 oz Champagne
  • 1 Sugar cube


Here’s where it gets complicated, because you can’t just mix it all together and call it good (my favorite preparation method).

Add bitters to the sugar cube and drop that sucker into the bottom of the champagne flute. Because you no doubt have a champagne flute handy and would not drink sparkling wine out of a jam jar like some kind of heathen. (yes, I would).

Add the cognac, then gently (gently!) pour the chilled champagne (“…cold as Valley Forge. Colder if you can get it.” ) over it, garnishing with a cherry and an orange slice.


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