The Manhattan Cocktail Classic
I know, I know. Once again, I’ve fallen way behind on my writing. But there have been some exciting events over the past few weeks, and I want to give you a quick update. I promise to try to get some new drinks up very soon, too.
Let’s start, though, with a quick recap of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Described as “part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party,” the Manhattan Cocktail Classic included five days of seminars, parties, tastings, and other assorted revelry with some of my favorite people in all of New York City.
Due to a previously scheduled trip this past week (which I’ll tell you about very soon in an upcoming post), I was only able to enjoy the first few days of the MCC. Yet I still managed to enjoy a plethora of amazing cocktails, and great times with great friends. My weekend included the following:
The Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala An evening of music, dancing, performance art, food, and of course, a slew of cocktails prepared by some of the countries top mixologists. Among my favorite cocktails that evening were a South Side (using gin, lime, cucumber and mint) prepared by the good folks at Tanqueray, and a very refreshing mint julep prepared by the team at Bulliet bourbon. But of course, the best part was getting all decked out to spend the evening in a beautiful space with my fellow cocktail connoisseurs.
Behind the Bar at Death & Co. I’ll make no secret of the fact that one of my favorite bars in the country is Death & Co., located on 6th Street in Manhattan’s East Village. Of course, I’m hardly alone in that opinion. Death & Co. is consistently listed among the best cocktail bars in the world, and with good reason. So along with my fellow twitterati @sweetblogomine and @daisy17, I spent last Saturday afternoon learning everything there is to know about one of my favorite haunts, directly from owner David Kaplan, Head bartender Thomas Waugh, and bartenders Joaquin Simo, Brian Miller, Jessica Gonzalez, and (briefly :-p) Jason Littrell. Of course, as they shared their stories from behind the bar, they also introduced us to the new summer menu, which is going to keep me busy for quite some time.
The Three Hour Tour Organized by The Tippling Point crew (Jason Littrell, Gianfranco Verga, Paul Tanguay, and Tad Carducci), this was easily my favorite event of the weekend; in part because we were lucky enough to have simply perfect weather for a cruise around Manhattan. Of course, the cocktails didn’t hurt eaither. Two cocktails in particular stuck out:
The Scotch Fix
As prepared by Jackie Patterson of Heaven’s Dog in San Francsico:
1.5 oz Ardbeg 10 year old scotch
1oz 1:1 honey syrup
3/4oz Fresh lemon juice
The Landing Strip
As prepared by John Lermayer of The Florida Room in Miami:
1.5oz 10 Cane rum
1.5oz fresh pineapple juice
1oz coconut water
1 dash of lime juice
1 dash simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
4 sage leaves
Of course, this was just a sampling of the events that took place over the course of five days. You can find the full list at http://manhattancocktailclassic.com/events.
Many thanks to all of the amazing bartenders, brands, and enthusiasts who made the first annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic a resounding success. And thanks especially to Lesley Townsend, director of MCC, for bringing this wonderful event to New York. And special thanks as well to my wonderful friends from the cocktail world: Lindsey Johnson, Dave Harrison, Laren Spirer, Karen Nachbar, Leo Borovskiy, Lincoln Chinnery, Kathleen Reynolds, Selena Ricks, Hal Wolin, Emily Malinowski, Jenean Chapman, Jordana Rothman, and everyone else who made the weekend so much fun.