Vickers Debuts Kicked-Up, Redux Cocktails for a Cool Summer 2015

The Exton restaurant will have you yearning for drinks of old.

Mixologists understandably embrace go-to liquors and liqueurs—think Fireball and RumChata—to bring new cocktails to the bar scene. But, what about old friends like gin, bourbon, vodka or campari, plus the squeeze-of-this, the dash-of-that, that made cocktails epic?

Vintage cocktails are back in a big way at Vickers in Exton, a cozy upscale restaurant with an approachable menu and Downton Abbey-style service. No need to hit Philly or New York when Vickers’ impeccably trained staff awaits to delight you with food and drink.

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Sip on old standards done to perfection like the bourbon, bitters and fruit-infused old-fashioned or the cognac, Cointreau and lemon-kissed sidecar. But in the heat of summer, why not try something classic yet bright, like the Rose Collins? This riff on the Tom Collins is a magical mix of Aviation gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, organic cold-pressed rosewater and a splash of club soda. It’s not too boozy, with a hint of vanilla, and comes neatly garnished with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Equally refreshing is the Pama Ginger Martini, creatively crafted with Stoli vodka, pomegranate, ginger, fresh-squeezed orange juice and a candied ginger garnish. The pom is subtle and the ginger pleases with a sweet yet savory finish. Just as delicious: Seasonal signature cocktails are $3 off during happy hour.

You may find yourself at Vickers for fine dining, a business lunch, a special event or bar bites. But you’ll leave with a new appreciation for old-time cocktails done classically or with a twist. Stop by Monday–Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; Monday–Thursday 5:30 to 10 p.m. for dinner; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11 p.m. for dinner; or 5:30 p.m. daily for cocktails. Closed Sunday.

Vickers Restaurant, 192 E. Welsh Pool Rd. (on the corner of Gordon Drive), Exton, (610) 363-7998

from left: Pam Ginger Martini, rose collins//photos by nina malone

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