It was a cold, sunny Winter day in early Spring as we made the short drive to Bolton Landing. Along the way, we decided that if the bartender didn't know how to make the Lady's Slipper drink we alluded to in earlier blogs, we would order something else instead. As we approached the entrance to Frederick's, we passed by the expansive deck, longing for the days when we will be able to sit outside.
The smell of popcorn greeted us as soon as we entered. The warmth of the fire from the fireplace stretched across the massive, cozy room. We sat at the end of the large, L-shaped bar, affording ourselves the best view of the establishment. The bar appeared to seat about 14 people comfortably. I deduced that by counting the barstools, in case you want to try this on your own. The room was adorned in classic Adirondack style with ceiling beams, rich wood and bear spattered fabric, but we detected a nautical sub-theme in keeping with classic Lake George style.
We ordered the Lady's Slipper and proceeded to tell Pam, the bartender, how to make it. She searched the extensively well-stocked bar and we offered a few substitutions for the ingredients she didn't find.
After trying Frederick's version of our version of the Lady's Slipper, I reviewed their Drink Specials menu and decided to try one, consisting of ruby red vodka, lemonade, club soda and a splash of cranberry, garnished with a slice of lime. It was tasty and summery and just didn't fit my mood. I would proceed to try their high-end margarita, again delicious and not suited to my mood, which was becoming adaptable by the time I finished it.
I didn't drink very much, but as Kim drove home, it occurred to me that I drank too much. Maybe there's some truth to not mixing a variety of drinks. Perhaps I should have accepted Pam's offer of complimentary homemade veggie soup that was warming by the fire. But, as I sipped my margarita, I just couldn't embrace the idea of vegetable soup. The day was riddled with oxymorons - I should have had the soup.
High Peaks Pammie
OUR MISSION - WE'RE PUBLISHED! Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 marked the Premier of our new book, Happy Hour in the High Peaks: An Adirondack Bar Guide. The hardcover, 160 page book can be found at bars and bookstores throughout the Adirondack Park or order online at www.happyhourinthehighpeaks.com. You'll find a list of our book signings on the Events page and where to buy the book on our Retailers page. The book contains reviews of 46 of our favorite bars in the Adirondack Park, and 46 drink recipes with an Adirondack twist. As a companion to the book, we have also published a 46er Passport so that you can follow the Happy Hour Trail to become a Happy Hour 46er and make new friends along the way. Summit Tour t-shirts will be for sale at our book signings or available online. Whether you are a native, resident, or visitor, you'll find 46 more reasons to visit the ADIRONDACK PARK!