Any excuse to drink right? Well let’s celebrate one of the most exciting days in history… the Repeal of Prohibition! We have 80 years of celebrating to do and I am here to help you figure out where to libate on this boozy holiday– ok so not too boozy, let’s keep it classy. Walking around NYC, bars are as prevalent as nail salons so how can you be sure to ring this holiday in properly? Read on…
Whiskey Blue is offering a “Prohibition style” secret, off-the-menu Moonshine Cocktail Flight. Umm done! A great way to start off the night, this flight of moonshine will prepare you for any NYC drinking shenanigans to come. You may even want to share that one but be sure to have your own Old Forester’s Whiskey Blue Special Anniversary Old-Fashioned (longest drink name ever…but worth it).
Whiskey Blue: 541 Lexington Ave., 212.407.2947
If you’re already uptown might as well stay uptown (but not for too much longer). Head over to Whiskey Park and pick up a flask– yes a flask, of Widow Jane. Handcrafted in Red Hook, Brooklyn this is definitely one of my favorite whiskeys– and no it’s not just because it’s made in Brooklyn.
Whiskey Park: 100 Central Park South 212.307.9222
After after work:
Ok that’s enough of uptown, your next stop is the Village Voice Holiday Spirits Tasting Event in Long Island City. With over 25 distilleries and wineries from New York and beyond, this event is a no-brainer. Call it a party to get in the holiday “spirit” or to celebrate the repeal of prohibition, but let’s face it, all that alcohol + dj’s + hors d’oeuvres = endless scenarios that you will not want to miss!
Village Voice Holiday Spirits Tasting Event
After after after work:
Ok, so I could easily send you to Hotel Del Mano, Death and Company or Golden Cadillac (my favorite drinking spots), but I won’t. Only for tonight I am sending you home to mix up a few of your own prohibition style drinks (meaning whiskey). Invite some friends and call it a speakeasy. You will surely impress if you mix up a few of these…
Bulleit Rye Sazerac
1.3 oz. Bulleit Rye
1 tsp. demerara syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
5 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Stir over ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass.
George Dickel Rye Old Fashioned
1.3 oz. George Dickel Rye
1 maraschino cherry
0.25 oz. bitters
1 sugar cube
1 splash water
1 slice orange
1 lemon twist
In an old-fashioned or rocks glass, muddle sugar, bitters and water. Add ice cubes and George Dickel Rye. Garnish with lemon twist, orange slice and cherry.
Crown Royal Black Manhattan
1 oz. Crown Royal Black
0.25 oz. Cragganmore Distiller Edition
0.25 oz. sweet vermouth
1.25 oz. simple syrup
0.25 dashes of bitters
1 piece maraschino cherry
Stir all together in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Please enjoy your repeal parties responsibly and don’t forget to #trendsontrends with all of you drinking adventures