For more than a decade, Golden West Cafe has been slingin' Southwest cuisine to the denizens of Hampden and beyond, in addition to live music, comedy shows and a solid bar in the back.
Primarily a whiskey bar, Golden West's cocktail list displayed on a regularly changing rotation always showcases the brown stuff, and more often than not with a Southwest twist. Bartender Charlie Long and company are ready to debut a new set of whiskey based cocktails, one of the punchiest of the lot being the Killer Bee.
Despite the ominous sounding name, the Killer Bee is designed to be "a bit lighter for the spring and summer," according to Long. With a base of Bulleit rye and whipped up with a healthy dose of honey, lemon juice, ginger beer and bitters, the flavor is exceptionally smooth and sweet. But to achieve the all important "Golden West Stamp with some spice," as Long put it, the coup de gras is two freshly cut and muddled jalapeno slices lurking at the bottom of the cocktail. Spicy indeed.