Cocktail Skills On Point: Scribner's Prospect Restaurant, Hunter
Earlier this month, Merritt and I enjoyed a deliciously refreshing weekend retreat at Scribner’s Lodge with Yoga for Bad People. Though every aspect of the weekend was absolute perfection, the candle-lit, family-style dinners, finely crafted cocktails and the lingering brunches post morning meditation were the absolute highlights to my foodie self.
Every dish that we were served at Scribner’s onsite restaurant Prospect, was cooked to perfection and don’t even get me started on their craft cocktail situation. Honestly, if I were to start ranking restaurants on their cocktail skills, Prospect’s incredible bar would serve as my gold standard. While most bars are lucky to have one skilled mixologist, Prospect boasts at least three that I can vouch for!
After our first yoga session, we were welcomed to the retreat with a cocktail at Prospect’s beautiful circular bar. If you know me, you know that I am an absolute SUCKER for a signature cocktail. The welcome drink we were served was staff favorite the Fern Gully. This delicious and attractive little cocktail is one to write home about (I actually did send one of the restaurant’s postcards to my husband that exclusively described this cocktail.) Before I get carried away, let’s just say that it’s a lime and gin cocktail with a surprise ingredient that packs a punch.
In perfect harmony with the rest of the Scribner’s property, Prospect’s design is cozy and rustic with a subtitle Scandinavian undertone. The corner behind the bar hosts a cozy cast-iron stove and a handful of wooden stools that seem to be whispering, “stay a while.” If you prefer, you can sit at the bar, sipping and gazing out at the breathtaking view of the Catskills and Hunter Mountain or step out onto the wrap-around cedar deck and warm up by the fire pit. I can’t even imagine what the view would look like during leaf season or under a blanket of snow!
The meals were included in our retreat package and I enjoyed every bite from the first course on the first night (a scrumptious curry zucchini soup) to the deliciously fresh farewell brunch. Understandably, (it was, after all, a wellness retreat to prepare our minds and bodies for summer) the retreat menu was primarily vegetarian. But, the chicken smelled so good the first night that a few of us couldn’t help but order a dish to share off the regular menu and it was absolutely to die for. So good that “exploring the regular menu” is towards the top of my growing list of -Reasons to Visit Scribner’s Again.
Until next time, I will keep trying to recreate the delicious Fern Gully in an effort to recall some of the essence of Prospect. But no reproduction of a cocktail will capture the expansive views, the interesting staff and the energizing yet tranquil vibes of an evening at Prospect. This gem of a restaurant alone is enough to make me willing and excited to do that eight-hour drive again.
Chef Joseph Buenconsejo sources many of his ingredients locally, which makes this Alpine-inspired restaurant, with its 270-degree mountain views, a truly immersive Hudson Valley experience.