We’ve always been a fan of the Summer Movie Nights at mad46, the rooftop bar on the 19th Floor of Midtown’s Roosevelt Hotel. The alfresco screening series is back for another go round starting next Tuesday, June 11, when the property will show Men in Black III to kick off its series. There are about three showings a month through October, and this year’s lineup included good offerings like Dazed and Confused (June 18) and Dirty Dancing (August 20). You can get more info on the lounge’s Facebook page.
When you’re looking for a new cocktail recipe for that summer party, just look around. We spent some time scouring bars across the land for ideas to amp up those summer beverages, and came away with 8 trends you can easily incorporate into your warm-weather cocktail creations. You can take a look at our trend roundup here, in our latest article for Tablespoon.
We are fans of BoozeCarriage, a new alcohol delivery service that is like the Seamless Web of hooch (with the two you really never have to see the harsh light of day outside your apartment). The service just launched a fun wine club that will hook you up with packages curated by experts that you can have delivered either weekly, bi weekly or monthly. Each shipment contains two or three bottles, you can choose if you want only red or white, or if you want a variety, and you can even pick when it’s delivered, because not being home when the booze delivery guy rings is just way annoying. There are three tiers of pricing depending on the quality of wine you’re hoping for. There’s standard for $24.99, premium for $49.99 and elite for $74.99. Get info and join the club here.
We recently dropped by new tapas joint Plan B in Nolita and came away impressed, and not just about their off-the-wall selection of small plates (including sausage made of python, which is actually must tastier than it sounds). We liked their drink list, which was created by Clover Club’s Ivy Mix along with Plan B bar manager Tess Sawyer. Our favorite libation was the restaurant’s take on a Negroni (which we are currently addicted to, in case you haven’t noticed by stalking us on Instagram).
The drink comes topped with an edible, candied flower and instead of Campari it makes use of prickly pear juice, a good swap for those drinkers who may be put off by the signature brand’s bitter appeal. It’s dubbed the Un Diferent Negroni and is a mix of Fords Gin, prickly pear, Carpano Antica and bitters. And yes, it does pair well with the python.
There's an endless debate these days about what to call your friend behind the bar. Is he a bartender? A mixologist? A plain old barman? Well, subterranean hot spot Cherry thinks they have the answer. Their sake sommelier is Chris Johnson, and he goes by term "Sake Ninja." Badass indeed. He's just created a few cocktails that should pair well with the venue's Eastern-influenced menu. We particularly like the recipe for The Noisette, which combines soba tea with Buffalo Trace bourbon, a mix that's as bold as calling your barman a ninja. Check out the recipe below:
Courtesy of Sake Sommelier Chris Johnson and Head Bartender Warren Hode
Yield: 1 Serving
2 oz Soba tea
1 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1/4 oz Agave
2 dashes Walnut bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
Add all ingredients to rocks glass with ice and stir
Garnish with large orange twist
Gotham Bar and Grill is one of those old-school charmers that you always meant to get to but never end up actually dining at. Well, that changes now, at least for the drinkers out there. The bar has enlisted Jeremy Hawn as their new mixologist and he's unveiling a refreshed list of cocktails that make use of seasonal ingredients and pair with chef Alfred Portale's fare.
Hawn comes from Marea and in addition to drinks like the Hook and Blush, a mix of Greenhook Gin, Dolin Blanc, strawberry rhubarb jam and rhubarb bitters, he'll also be making his own amaro, which will be used in a cocktail dubbed The Brooklyn. This mix features a grain spirit infused with 20 roots, bark, herbs and spices. The new lists makes its debut tomorrow, so head by and finally cross this one off our list.
On May 30, you can get your drink on for science. That’s when the World Science Festival sets up shop at The Bell House, and you’ll be able to indulge in this drinkable feast from 6:30 to 8 PM. Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular architect and brewmaster Sam Calagione will be exploring ancient beers and giving you a taste. Ancient ales will be reconstructed, including a 3,500 year old Nordic grog. You can get more information about this beertastic event, and the World Science Festival, here.
Ladies and gentlemen, we've worked as a bartender before, but for some reason, we never came up with this simple and smashtastic trick for making our own crushed ice. And we've tried to make mint juleps with regular ice cubes, which news flash, just doesn't work. Scope the video above to see how it's really done. Smashy-smashy!
If you’re stranded in Midtown at the start of your weekend, one new happy hour will keep you well fed and lubricated until you can escape to friendlier areas of town. China Grill just announced a new deal that will provide a sweet cap to end your week. The storied resto wants to bring the happy hour buffet back to this hood - from 4 to 7 PM there will be free snack and dim sum, along with drink specials for $7 a pop. Expect bites like shirmp and lobster dumplings with sweet chili sauce. It’s a classy joint - so stop by and have one too many at 60 West 53rd Street before heading south of 14th Street to rage.
Jersey drinker are all about light beer (there’s no better way to rock out to Bon Jovi), but we’re still surprised to learn that the state hasn’t had a working distillery since prohibition. The craft spirits craze has infected urban areas like New York City, but it turns out that no one had applied for a license to operate a distillery since the bootleg era, even though it was technically legal and a path for a license existed. Well, that was until the founds of Jersey Artisan Distillery came along - they are up and running now in the pursuit of a Garden State rum label, and promise that other spirits are next if financing comes through. The Star Ledger has an in depth look at the new venture, and it’s worth a look for both spirit lovers and for anyone who is gutsy enough to take their hand at craft distilling. Check out the article here.