By Sarah Crosland -
November 20, 2015
Kanvas Gallery opened quietly last week in uptown Charlotte. The team behind the cocktail bar and small-plate lounge has plans for an opening event with a little more fanfare in the New Year. But you’re not going to want to wait that long to pay this stylish spot a visit.
Albert Moore, James Jeffries and Henry Schmulling are the masterminds behind the chic, modern space. With a combination of backgrounds at popular Charlotte spots like Pisces and Soul Gastrolounge, they’re focused on creating innovative dishes to pair with craft cocktails.
Translation: Henry Schmulling (who you may know as the talented mixologist behind the bar at Pint Central), designed The Port of Spain cocktail ($14) to pair perfectly with James Jeffries’ glazed duck breast small plate. It’s a creative idea and one that works well—especially with the restaurant’s ever-changing menu of small plates and drinks.
But the most innovative part of Kanvas may be its hours. It’s only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, but on those evenings the full kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. Until now, most post-midnight dining in Charlotte was confined to casual diners and, let’s face it, Fuel Pizza. Duck breast is a pretty big step up.
Once you’ve tasted these cocktails, though, you’re going to want to pull up a stool at the bar at any time of day. Below, Schmulling shows how to create and offers his recipe for The Port of Spain, a rum cocktail with cilantro syrup and raspberries that is irresistibly smooth.
The Port of Spain
Muddle lime slice and 3-4 fresh raspberries in cocktail shaker. Add ice, 1.5 ounces of Zaya Grande Reserve Rum, 0.5 ounces of Cocchi Vermouth and 0.5 ounces of cilantro syrup. Shake mixture and double strain into cocktail glass. Add expressed sprig of cilantro as garnish.
Kanvas Gallery, 525 E Sixth St #117, Charlotte.
Photos: Sarah Crosland
Video: Kennan Banks