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ITHACA, NY — Monks on the Commons is already making a name for itself with soulful food and sinful cocktails, and Roland Coggin is still shaking things up, literally and figuratively, behind the bar.

Now, you’ll find an extra page of cocktails dubbed “Heretical Secrets” — original concoctions and a nod to Monks’ name.

The “Secrets” page is built as a testing ground for new ideas, a space for short runs of interesting cocktails. Expect this cocktails on this list to turn over quickly, so if something catches your eye it’s best to order and not wait for your next visit!

For this first batch, we tested Le Grand Amour and the Preceptory.

Le Grand Amour is a variation of “bittered sling”, pre-dating the cocktail as we know it, made with a touch of local South Hill Cider Pommeau.

The Preceptory is a smoky twist on an Old Fashioned, apple wood-smoked in front of your eyes.

See both being made in the video below.

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Monks On the Commons

120 S Aurora St, Ithaca, NY |14850 | (607) 272-2111 An inspired menu of modern American cuisine with a Southern flair, complemented by an extensive list of wines, brews and spirits with a local focus....