When you partake in happy hour at Speak of the Devil, there’s a good chance you’re also supporting a good cause. Kurt Hernon, who co-owns the bar with his wife, Page, says when they do have one, it’s usually tied to a specific brand, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting charity. The bar specializes in vintage cocktails, often using long-forgotten ingredients.
Here are three drinks to try:
1: Jimmy the Exploder
“It’s just a riff on an old fashioned, but instead of using Angostura bitters and sugar and creating a syrup, we sweeten the drink with a sugar called Benedictine and a cherry heering,” Hernon says.
2: 5th Street Finisher
This Scotch whiskey sour features honey syrup, lemon juice and orange bitters. “It’s kind of a classic sour, but with a little twist by mixing honey and Scotch,” Hernon says.
3: The 6/4/74
Hernon describes this rye whiskey mai tai as a “tiki drink,” with a hint of sweet pineapple and orgeat. Created around the start of baseball season, the cocktail’s name came from the date of the 10-Cent Beer Night riot at Cleveland Stadium — June 4, 1974.
Speak of the Devil
201 W. Fifth St., Lorain • 440-434-4286