Brian Trottier was backpacking through Buenos Aires years ago when he met up with his sister, who worked at a Four Seasons. She put Trottier up in a room on the same floor as the hotel’s executive lounge. Trottier walked inside to find an endless supply of snacks and drinks, and ended up spending most of his stay right there, even inviting his friends from a nearby hostel over to reap the tasty “executive” benefits. “The term executive lounge has always been this moniker for pretending we’re fancier than we are,” said Trottier, who opened downtown Bend’s San Simón with his wife, Ashley, in October 2019. Tucked away in Tin Pan Alley, Trottier describes San Simón as a candlelit, romantic, bohemian bar, with no TVs, and “as a place for adults to actually talk to each other.” The menu features handcrafted cocktails, a few beers and other drinks and some cheaper options, like $3 PBRs, along with charcuterie boards to snack on. As fall approaches, stop by for a belly-warming mix of bourbon and ginger with the Executive Lounge cocktail. A visit to San Simón is as good of an excuse as any to pretend we’re fancier than we are.
- 2 oz. bourbon
- ½ oz. ginger rosemary simple syrup
- ¼ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
- 4 mint leaves, plus 1 sprig of mint
- 3 sprays of peated scotch
- Shake together bourbon, syrup, lime and mint leaves. Double
- strain over a big ice cube and use an atomizer or spray bottle to do three sprays of peated scotch. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Ginger Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 cup of fresh ginger juice
- Fresh rosemary
- 1 cup boiling water
- ½ cup sugar
- Steep fresh rosemary in hot water for three minutes. Remove the rosemary and add the sugar to the hot water. Mix the hot sugar water with the ginger juice to create ginger rosemary simple syrup.