Middle West Spirits
If you’re unfamiliar with Middle West Spirits, now’s the time to get acquainted with the distillery. From OYO Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey to Vim & Petal Dry Gin, their collection of small batch, award-winning spirits deserves a place on your bar cart. Earlier this month, the brains behind Middle West opened their restaurant Service Bar, which is helmed by chef Avishar Barua, who previously worked at New York’s Mission Chinese and WD-50. The menu is inspired by his Bangladeshi roots and Midwestern upbringing, and features dishes like tongue-numbing lamb dumplings, and pimento dip with pork rinds and barrel-aged hot sauce. Of course, there are also delicious cocktails made with Middle West Spirits, like 24 Carrot Magic—a mix of OYO Vodka, sherry, Suze, spiced pear liqueur, carrot anise shrub and black pepper.