Lucky

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One of the most creative Virginia Cider Week events is a cocktail competition between three Roanoke restaurants, Lucky, Local Roots, and River and Rail. The restaurants all create a cocktail that features Foggy Ridge Cider, and at the end of the week a winner is decided by most cocktails purchased. Many of Maddy’s Roanoke friends rave about Lucky, so my mom and I made reservations on Monday night so we could try their Colonel Pippin.

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Lucky is nestled on Kirk Street in downtown Roanoke and serves French/American comfort food. Although the menu is pretty meaty (my mom and I are both vegetarians), we were impressed by the effort put into the non-meat options. We both ordered small goat cheese and beet salads, “chicken fried” Twin Oaks Tofu, and the Colonel Pippin, of course! The food was absolutely delicious; the Colonel Pippin took some getting used to…

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The Pippin is made with Foggy Ridge Pippin Gold (a dessert cider), corn whiskey, yellow chartreuse, bitters, and lemon. Mostly, we tasted the whiskey. The presentation gave me high expectations; the Pippin is the color of lemonade and served in a small cocktail glass garnished with a sliver of orange peel. It isn’t a bad cocktail- it’s made with quality ingredients and is stiff, yet drinkable- but the cider isn’t detectable. If you’re a liquor person, you would probably love the Pippin. Since my mom and I are beer and wine people, we were a tad disappointed. That being said, when we reached the bottom of our glasses we were warm and giddy, and considered getting another round. 😉

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For dessert we stuck with the apple theme and ordered apple crisp with buttermilk ice cream. Let me be the first to tell you that this baby is a little ramekin of heaven. Tender, juicy apples are blanketed by a crumbly, brown-sugar-sweetened crisp, and a dollop of rich ice cream melts perfectly on top. This final course confirmed our verdict on Lucky: we came for the cocktail, but we’ll come back for the food.

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7 thoughts on “Lucky

  1. Ahh when I first read this post I had such high hopes for the cider cocktail! Well, I will just have to try and come up with my own! xoxo

  2. […] The Pippin is made with Foggy Ridge Pippin Gold (a dessert cider), corn whiskey, yellow chartreuse, bitters, and lemon. Mostly, we tasted the whiskey. The presentation gave me high expectations; the Pippin is the color of lemonade and served in a small cocktail glass …read more […]

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