New Bartender at the Bee & Thistle
While I have a slew of favorite restaurants on the Shoreline, my neighborhood joint is The Bee and Thistle for a cozy dinner on the couch in front of the fire and their well-priced and yummy half-plate menu. I generally stick to a glass of red wine, but the new bartender, Brian Rhoo, convinced me to try his signature cocktail, the Basil Martini, a fresh potion of Citron vodka, coconut rum, Cointreau, passion fruit reduction and chopped basil.
If you haven’t been to The Bee in a while, here’s good reason to go, not only for Brian’s concoctions but the show he puts on while making them. Click here to see Brian in action. Try the Ashlawntini, too, a spirited blend of Ashlawn Farm espresso, chocolate vodka, Frangelico and Kahlua. But don’t dally, The Bee takes a winter break for the month of March. Brian shares his cocktail recipes here. Good to know: cocktails and wine are half-price for women on Tuesdays.
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100 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371
From Bee and Thistle Inn and Spa
The Bee and Thistle Inn and Spa sits nestled on five acres bordering the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, Connecticut.