BUBBA’S NEW TASTES

Chris Diebel, Connie Wimer and Sherryl Viars at Bubba's.
Chris Diebel, Connie Wimer and Sherryl Viars enjoy time well spent at Bubba’s.

Christopher Diebel held a steadfast vision for the lounge of his restaurant, Bubba—Southern Comforts: The lounge had to be its own draw — a captivating space unto itself and not merely a spot to wait for a table.

The always tasteful Ms. Wimer is a favorite of ours at dsm.
The always tasteful Ms. Wimer is a favorite of ours at dsm magazine.

Soft seating arranged in conversation clusters, a glistening chandelier, and two-story windows overlooking 10th Street helped Diebel achieve that goal, as did a cocktail menu of creative takes on that Southern classic, the mint julep.

These days, however, we’re inclined to like the lounge even better, thanks to a few recently unveiled cocktails. Our favorite of the newbies, of course, is the “Ms. Wimer,” created in honor of dsm magazine founder Connie Wimer.

The deliciously devious Milk Money is all sweetness and innocence. Then it hits you.
The deliciously devious Milk Money is all sweetness and innocence. Then it hits you.

Patterned after Connie’s favorite cocktail — a classic Negroni (gin, sweet vermouth, Campari), the new cocktail mixes gin, extra-dry vermouth and Cocchi Americano (an aromatic Italian apéritif).

The trio of ingredients offers the same sort of refreshingly bitter and intriguingly herbaceous appeal of a Negroni, but with one key difference: While the Negroni is brilliant-ruby in color, the “Ms. Wimer” is a sparklingly elegant white-blond — like its namesake. Diebel tells us he plans to introduce additional cocktails dedicated to local personalities — perhaps two to four each year, he says.

Other dashing new cocktails include a smooth Sweet-Tea Julep (with Tennessee bourbon and a brewed sweet tea), the Smoked Watermelon (with Mezcal, salted watermelon, lime and basil) and the dangerously sneaky (take our word for it) Milk Money. The latter tastes like a milkshake, but is made mostly of booze (Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon, Kahlua, Crown Royale Vanilla and a splash of club soda).

Bubba is at 200 10th St., 257-4744; bubbadsm.com.

— Written by Wini Moranville, who covers food and dining in dsm magazine and online at All Things Food DSM.

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