‘Tis the season for holiday cheer and hailing in the new year! While January will bring about a surge of decluttering, housecleaning and clean eating… we’ve still New Year’s to celebrate. We thought we’d help out by doing a bit of field research to hunt down some of the best cocktails in Staunton.
Craft Cocktails with a Twist
If you’re looking for a craft cocktail with a southern twist, then look no further than Zynodoa. This stylish restaurant is tucked just steps away from Staunton’s renowned Blackfriars Playhouse and specializes in farm to table southern cuisine.
The night we stopped by we chatted with Macon, cocktail enthusiast partially responsible for developing the unusual drink offerings on the menu. We tried the Beverley Beau, a smokey and tangy blend of Knob Creek rye, vermouth, hickory syrup and grapefruit juice. Big brother to the previously popular, slightly more refined Beverley Belle, the cocktail was set off perfectly by a garnish of dried sour cherries.
As we sipped and snacked on house made cheddar crackers (to die for), Macon filled us in on the process of developing the cocktail menu. New drinks are added throughout the year, often inspired by locals who frequent Zynodoa. In fact, another perennial favorite on the menu, The Unencumbered, a gin and cucumber concoction, was added after repeated special-orders.
If cocktails aren’t to your taste, check out Zynodoa’s carefully curated wine list. It’s packed full of plenty of local selections and Zynodoa provides staff with a semi-annual six week wine course, so you’ll be sure to have an able resource for recommendations.
Make reservations online for the 2015 New Year’s Even Prix Fixe Menu.
Zynodoa | 115 East Beverley | Facebook
Going Old School
Looking for something a bit more traditional? Sorrel’s, located in the lobby of The Stonewall Jackson hotel, offers up a casual menu with a cozy fireplace and lovely view of the striking marble lobby.
The Blue Ridge Martini is a fine choice at the Stonewall. We tried two different versions, one exactly as on the menu — blue ridge vodka, elderflower liqueur and champagne — as well as a special ‘off-menu’ version with a bit of Blue Curacao for extra zing.
The Stonewall Jackson is a truly cozy, laid back place to grab a quick pre-theater drink to start out your evening!
Sorrels Lounge at The Stonewall Jackson Hotel | 24 South Market Street, first floor lobby | Facebook
Live Music and Margaritas
Our final stop was at The Baja Bean, long-time staple in downtown Staunton. Baja Bean specializes in craft beer — 12 taps — with a great selection of margaritas! If you’re in the mood for margaritas, friendly bartenders and live music then Baja Bean in Staunton is the place for you.
We sampled Baja’s best selling margarita — the Cat’s Meow. Super tasty with a shot of grapefruit juice, it’s easy to see why this is the best-selling drink at the Baja! If grapefruit juice isn’t to your taste, then try the Taltos ‘Rita, blood-red from a splash of red wine!
The Baja Bean | 9 W. Beverley | Facebook
Looking for something to do this New Year’s Eve?
There’s plenty to keep you busy this New Year’s in Staunton!
Zynodoa four course prix fixe dinner | Details
Ava Wine Bar Black and White Ball | Details
Frontier Gala at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel | Details
Melissa & The Growlers at Byers Street Bistro | Details
Maybe Tomorrow at The Clocktower | Details