Jay Swift’s New American pacesetter in the Old Fourth Ward has become an incubator for talented, up-and-coming bartenders: The restaurant’s former mixologist James Ives went on to cocktail stardom in New Orleans. Kevin Bragg is the current promising bar manager, creating intricate drinks with housemade tinctures and forlorn names like The Cries of Silent Men and Rider, Shadow, Wolf.
Drink This: John Chapman (the given name of Johnny Appleseed), made with Laird’s apple brandy, brown butter tincture, lemon, and a sage-infused Pinot Blanc reduction.
621 North Avenue NE, 4thandswift.com
This listing originally appeared in our June 2012 issue.