Zimmerman travels the country promoting, and seeking out, great drinks. “In my travels as a ‘wine guy,’” he says, “I started seeing big and small markets around the country with a cocktail scene, and we were still behind. Our goal was to bring a dedicated cocktail bar to Orlando.”
His vision swiftly spread to area stand-alone bars (“I call it a bar, whatever that means”) and an ever-growing cadre of restaurants with craft programs. All hands at Courtesy muddle, mix, and infuse local ingredients with spirits both popular and obscure. “We started with a menu of the classics; now, we haven’t done a classic, in print, in I can’t remember how long.” The menu flips four times a year, and there are twice-monthly cocktail classes.
Zimmerman’s view of the horizon anticipates excitement about raicilla, the unsteamed tequila cousin with an umami aroma and unexpected overripe lemon brightness; and low ABV offerings built around madeira, vermouth, and wine-based cocktails.
“Our tagline,” Zimmerman says, “is ‘The pleasure is ours. The Courtesy is yours.’”
1.5 oz. St George Terroir Gin
.5 oz. Montenegro
.75 oz. Sunflower Orgeat
.5 oz. lemon
2 dash Mace tincture
Bar spoon Smiling Goat Fig-Cardamom jam
Garnish: lemon peel and clipped mint