The Intoxicologist

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Myth Cocktail Lounge & Agavero: Where Legends Begin

Call it legend or lore, the tucked away cozy cocktail bar Myth actually exists in a thriving little alcove in The Old Market at 1105 Howard Street in Omaha, Nebraska. Amid big business chain restaurants and long time sports bars that cater to specific market types, this small cocktail lounge has met the calling of a clientele that is difficult to pigeonhole and, quite frankly, appears would rather not be.

On any given evening there may be an elderly woman with her daughter and grand daughter sipping wine and a cosmopolitan at one corner table while a bachelorette party is quietly beginning their evening festivities at a small sofa nook. Through the door may enter a couple on their first date taking seats at the bar next to a regular who chats amiably with the owner Brian and one of the friendly bartenders Bryan or Joel. Meanwhile other couples and singles mingle in a fashion that does not read any particular stereotype at all. It is just a mix of people having a good time in a low key, sophisticated bar where jeans or suits are the norm.

There is a small TV hanging over the bar area, but it is rarely tuned in as this is not a sports bar. The music playing in the background at Myth comes from local bands that have toured through and often play at Myth on Tuesdays and Thursdays any given week. These artists are posted on the Myth MySpace page along with a calendar of Myth performance events.

Myth’s bar is particularly intriguing if you take the time for more than a glance along the back wall. Quite a few bars of Myth’s size have a marginally stocked bar with the typical offerings. Most bars will carry the run of the mill well stock liquors and then there will be the call liquors; three or four tequilas, three or four vodkas, one or two rums, one or two gins, and most likely one of each scotch and whiskey. Myth goes the extra mile. Myth’s back bar looks like the kind of bar a person would like to stock in their own home. It is not what is usually seen in a typical small commercial bar. There are high end vodkas made from potatoes, some flavored with double espresso, and a very new one coming made from corn. There are enough selections of whiskeys to do a drink comparison with them if you wish. Myth stocks some of the liquors and liqueurs people hear about, but have not had the opportunity to try. What it all adds up to is fabulous drinks and a relaxing atmosphere for an unmistakably good time.

A little something I was pleasantly surprised to learn about at Myth was Agavero tequila liqueur. Agavero is a blend of 100% agave anejo and reposado tequilas with an addition of Damiana flower. Damiana flower is indigenous to the mountainous region of Jalisco. Legend maintains that the essence of the Damiana flower stirs up the emotions in people. Whether it is the flower or the essence blended in this tequila, it is difficult to say, but at 64-proof, consuming too much could certainly stir an emotional response in the weak of spirit. The result of blending of Damiana with 100% blue agave tequila is a smooth, vaguely sweet tequila that mingles rather nicely with Patron for margaritas or champagne if you dare for something a bit more frisky.

If you are up for a place with sophistication without an air of pretentiousness to it, check out Myth in The Old Market.

Champagne Agavero

1 ounce Agavero
Brut or Extra Brut Champagne
Lime Wedge

Pour Agavero in champagne flute. Top off with champagne leaving room for squeezing the lime wedge and dropping into the champagne. It is advantageous to chill the Agavero for the purpose of this drink. Thank you to Brian at Myth for introducing me to Agavero and this particular cocktail!

Agavero Margarita

2 ounces Patron Reposado Tequila
1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 ounce Agavero
Salt for Rimming
Lime Wedge for Garnish

Run lime wedge around rim of margarita or double old fashioned glass. Dip rim of glass in salt. Fill glass 2/3 full of ice and set aside. Place Tequila, lime juice, and Agavero in a cocktail shaker filled 1/3 full of ice. Shake until frothy; approximately 15 seconds. Strain into salt rimmed glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

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