The Howard is a historic and elegant event space located in the heart of Oshkosh. The building, built in 1927, hosts private and community events. On Thursday and Friday evenings, the basement of the venue opens up to the public for bowling, craft beverages, and...
Head downtown and surely you’ve heard of Ambassador. Located just off of College Avenue downtown Appleton on Appleton Ave, this unique cocktail bar is situated across from Houdini Plaza. I have definitely neglected going here, with it located next to Shear Chaos (yes I get my hair cut there and yes I am shamelessly giving them a shout out too, check them out!)
Under new ownership by the main Ambassador himself, Corbin, I felt it was proper time to stop in and see what he had to offer. It was years since I’ve last been here, so my memories of the place were muddled at best. I arrived early in the evening, so I had my choice of seats at the bar. I grabbed a spot and looked over the menu, contemplating what cocktail would be my first victim of the evening.
Looking over the menu intently, I asked Corbin to surprise me and make something fun and unique. All too often I want my taste buds challenged and wanted to see what he had up his sleeve. Behold, “The Drug Runner”, his unique perspective on the classic Moscow Mule. Since stopping in to sample his wares, this cocktail has made its way onto the menu. This variation used tequila instead of vodka, but definitely set the bar high for the rest of the night. I almost didn’t want to imbibe this drink due to how magnificently beautiful it was.
While I was sipping and enjoying my cocktail, I did bring along a colleague of mine to sample as well, giving us a wider range of cocktails to try and enjoy. Enjoying Gin forward drinks, the first option was the Pacific Waters. This cocktail, with its gorgeous hue of blue, was spectacular and refreshing at the same time.
After savoring our first round of drinks, we worked on the next round of drinks. I wanted something bourbon forward and got a variation of the classic Bee’s Knees, but with Bourbon instead of Gin. My counterpart selected the Anti-Social Social Latte, being entranced by the Coffee Bitters and Cold Brew coffee concoction. As expected, the Bee’s Knees went down in a very silky smooth manner. The Anti-Social Social Latte balanced the coffee with some honey and nutmeg. This combination made for an excellent sipper, allowing you to take your time and enjoy the contrasting flavors.
Having enjoyed my cocktails for the evening, I did have to call it quits. If you haven’t been down yet or its been a while, I highly recommend stopping down. If you’re courageous like me to challenge Corbin to whip something up on the fly or if you want to sample the drinks on his menu, you are in for a treat and a great time.