December 2014/January 2015 55 Newish, hip and usually packed, this small, modern-woodsy joint downtown has an outstanding cocktail program created by owners/local mixologists Stephen Shelton and Jimmy Marino, who serve up carefully made original creations as well as their versions of some drinks from top bartenders across the country. Sip on Shelton’s Cool as a Cucumber, which combines high-end sake, craft gin, vermouth, house-made elderflower syrup and citrus bitters. Or try a whiskey flight or some barrel-aged gin. The Lex’s version of The Zeinie is frequently ordered, blending silky armagnac with maraschino liqueur, fresh lime juice, artisanal pineapple syrup and bitters. A growing number of patrons let Shelton and Marino select cocktails to accompany a multicourse meal featuring the wonderful, seasonal creations of chef Philippe Breneman, formerly of Dio Deka. A destination in its own right, the small menu is divine all the way through desserts like chocolate mousse pie. The only downside is the Lex’s popularity, but those waiting on the front patio for a table inside can still sip a sensational drink or two. 40 N. SANTA CRUZ AVE., LOS GATOS; 408/354- 1600; THELEXLG.COM LEXINGTON HOUSE LOS GATOS COFFEE AND CIGARETTES SIP ON SHELTON’S COOL AS A CUCUMBER, WHICH COMBINES HIGH-END SAKE, CRAFT GIN, VERMOUTH, HOUSE-MADE ELDERFLOWER SYRUP AND CITRUS BITTERS.
South Bay Accent - Dec 2014/Jan 2015
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