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A Bizarre Evening of Cocktail Theatrics from LA's Finest Bar (Slideshow)

A Bizarre Evening of Cocktail Theatrics from LA's Finest Bar (Slideshow)

Rob Floyd's Cocktail Theatre amazes at the Melrose Umbrella Co

Starting the Evening Off Right

Without knowing more than the somewhat vague title of the show, this scene clearly wasn't what the audience had mentally prepared for.

An Environment That Could Only be Developed by Rob Floyd

They’ll take sips from one another’s glass, throwing the risk of cooties into the wind, swap drinks, exchange names and for at least the time that they are sat there, become friends.

Truly Craft Cocktails

Across the bar strangers passionately converse with one another over a set of customized, nameless drinks he and his team built to suit the customer's tastes.

The Melrose Umbrella Co.

It was a surreal evening of stories and booze that astutely combined the history and craft of cocktails, theatrical narrative, and superb drinks.

Quite a Cast of Characters

Propped along the bar like limber, sag-stringed puppets were a bulbous chested white bunny, a shredded, virile angel, and a luchador.

Cheers and Good Night

Rob and his trippy cast of mute assistants drew the show to a close with a heartfelt anecdote about his father.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


Sunset at gowanus

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Diplomatico Riserva Exclusiva)
1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe glass.

Two Wednesdays ago, I sought out the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for the night's libation. There, in the Daiquiri section was Alex Day's Sunset at Gowanus that he created in 2008. Gowanus is the area of Brooklyn settled by Dutch farmers in the 1630s, and soon the agricultural center turned industrial and became heavier into manufacturing and shipping. This led to the Gowanus Canal to become polluted with industrial waste (as well as bodies and weapons from Mafia activity). A decade ago, the EPA sought out to clean up the canal which has recently seen a return of wildlife. I, too, have named a drink after an industrial waterway region that became a superfund site -- namely, the Miller's River Milk Punch -- so who am I to cast the first stone?
The combination of rum, lime, and maple reminded me of the Mr. Howell and Kaieteur Swizzle, and the rum, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse led me to consider the Daisy de Santiago. Moreover, the rum with a hint of apple brandy and Yellow Chartreuse was a trio that Death & Co. utilized in their Puerto Rican Racer. Once mixed, the Sunset at Gowanus proffered a bright lime aroma that was countered by dark caramel and accented with a hint of herbal notes. Next, maple's richness balanced by lime's crispness on the sip slid into caramel rum and minty herbal flavors on the swallow with an apple finish.


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