I recently went to Bemelman's for the first time. I loved the place, but didn't love the cocktails as much as I thought I would. I guess because I had heard that Bemelman's was in many ways the birthplace of Audrey Sanders creations like the Gin Gin Mule, the Jamaican Firefly, and the Old Cuban, I was expecting the drinks to be almost identical to those at the Pegu Club. I was expecting the kick of home-made ginger beer. I was expecting the long ice cubes, running the length of the high ball glass, keeping the drink cold without watering it down. I ordered the Gin-Gin Mule(still one of their signature drinks according to the menu), and was given a drink that tasted more like a gimlet. And not that it matters so much, but they just filled the glass to the brim with ice.
Anyone have any insight? I should note that I still had a great time at Bemelman's. You can't beat drinking what still amounted to great cocktails(even if they were $19 a pop) in such a beautiful space, while listening to a jazz duo go to town on the piano and sax(even if it was a $15 cover).