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St. John’s bartender Danny Le shares the ethos behind his new harvest cocktails
“Chinched” is Newfoundland slang for full, and Chinched Restaurant and Deli in St. John’s earns the name. Over the past 11 years, the restaurant has become well-known for its locally sourced ingredients and nose-to-tail approach to dining.
Michelle LeBlanc and Shaun Hussey own the restaurant. It’s a prime spot in the city for high-quality charcuterie. Chinched puts the same level of care and detail into its cocktail menu, which LeBlanc says has come “leaps and bounds” since bar manager Danny Le joined the team earlier this year.
Le is a veteran St. John’s bartender with a passion for elevating the dining experience through cocktails. His approach to devising beverage recipes is rooted in bartending fundamentals.
“Just understanding those flavours and nuances and to be able to understand the identity of the drinks is very, very important,” he says.
He used this ethos while developing a selection of fall cocktails for Chinched. There’s no pumpkin spice here – Le avoids autumn cliches while creating beverages that evoke feelings of warmth and coziness on a chilly day.
“My idea of fall was cream, spice; really homey flavours that bring you back to the idea of fall,” he says.
Homemade mulled spice syrup and a black currant liqueur put a twist on the Bramble, while matcha spruces up a coconut daquiri. The sweet, rich flavour of Vietnamese coffee inspires the third cocktail.
Le says he designed the aroma and visuals of the drinks to complement the flavours and make the dining experience more exciting.
“I didn’t want to just do the baseline form,” he said. “I wanted to do something that would be fun.”
A new twist on fall flavours
Don’t roll up the patios or put away the deck furniture yet, there is still time to enjoy a cocktail alfresco. Just throw on a sweater and mix up one of these harvest cocktails crafted by St. John’s, N.L. mixologist Danny Le and toast the best flavours of autumn.