Elsewhere in the Liquiverse

Agave spirits take center stage at Bowery Hotel tonight, June 5.

Agave spirits take center stage at Bowery Hotel tonight, June 5.

 

  • Now that we’ve survived the great lime crisis of winter 2013-’14, it’s time to raise a glass (or several) of agave spirits at tonight’s Arte Agave at the Bowery Hotel. Featuring more than 100 different varieties of tequila and mezcal, the event also celebrates Latin American culture with food, music, and art. A limited number of tickets are still available, $120 for VIP entry at 7 p.m., or $85 for general admission at 8 p.m. Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003.
  • There’s still time to partake in the second annual Negroni Week, organized by Campari and Imbibe magazine, which promotes Negroni-drinking (like we needed encouragement) and philanthropy across the country. Hit up participating NYC bars through June 8, and a portion of proceeds from each delightfully bittersweet concoction sold goes to the bar’s charity of choice, such as Meals on Wheels, Coney Island Recovers and Food Bank of New York City.
  • Summer is here, and for New Yorkers, that means weekend escapes from our sizzling concrete abodes. If you’re heading to the Hamptons via the Jitney, or taking a Grand Central train Upstate or elsewhere, the W New York on Lexington has a Summer Friday happy hour special for you. From 1 to 3 p.m., order a cocktail at the W’s Living Room and receive a complimentary tote bag designed by artist Shantell Martin full of summer goodies like Kiehl’s sunscreen (while supplies last). Even if you’re staying in town, cocktails such as the Lemongrass Drop (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, St-Germain, lemongrass syrup, lemon juice, pineapple, mint) should put you in a sunny mood.  W New York, 541 Lexington Avenue (at 49th Street), New York, NY 10022.
Beach tote designed by artist Shantell Martin.

Beach tote designed by artist Shantell Martin.

File Under: Hot Dates – Cambalache, One Night in Argentina!

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The Dizzy Fizz is proud to be a media partner for  Cambalache – One Night in Argentina, a cutting-edge celebration of Argentine wine and culture blasting some much-needed South American warmth to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar warehouse in Williamsburg on April 16 & 17.

This two-day event, coinciding with World Malbec Day on April 17, is not your typical wine tasting. Expect a multi-sensory experience showcasing the passion, complexity and contradictions that define Argentine culture. Guests can indulge in empanadas, Argentine beef, dulce de leche ice cream, wine-based cocktails, and of course, unlimited malbec and other wines from 26 of the top Argentine wineries.

In addition you’ll be invited to witness infamous Argentinian graffiti artists painting murals at an outdoor street party; venture into a rustic estancia to drink traditional ‘mate’ tea with authentic Argentinian cowboys; dance Nuevo Tango in a Buenos Aires nightclub; get a lesson in street slang to stir up trouble in downtown Buenos Aires; learn the unconventional art of pairing wines with music with a couple of English professors; and hear a bass-heavy global electronic music set by DJ Uproot Andy.

Tickets are available for $80, and for a limited time, Dizzy Fizz readers can use the code VINO to save $20 on pair of tickets, bringing the price to $140.

Included in your Cambalache ticket is the chance to win a set of two airline tickets to travel from New York-JFK to Buenos Aires on Aerolineas Argentinas plus three nights accommodation at the Pan Americano hotel. Winners will be announced each night at 9pm at the event and must be present to win.

Wednesday, April 16, and Thursday, April 17, 6 to 11 p.m. each night. 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn, 11222.

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File Under Hot Dates: Speed Rack is Back!

Erin Reece, Miss Speed Rack 2013.

Erin Reece, Miss Speed Rack 2013.

Some of NYC’s fastest female bartenders will go shaker to shaker on Sunday, Dec. 15 for the third season of Speed Rack. The annual competition, which kicks off in NYC and tours nationally, was founded by industry vets Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix to raise funds for breast cancer research. (They have raised $160,000 to date!) Contestants from bars such as Raines Law Room and Mayahuel will compete in timed heats to make rounds of cocktails in front of a panel of judges featuring cocktail pros such as Julie Reiner (owner of Flatiron Lounge and Clover Club), Dave Wondrich (cocktail historian and writer), Jim Meehan (co-owner of PDT) and Aisha Sharpe (cocktail consultant). The New York winner will go on to face other regional winners in a national throw-down in May of 2014. Not only do attendees get to support this amazing cause and lady bartending, they also receive complimentary punch throughout the evening as well as treats from local food vendors. Sunday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m. at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St., Brooklyn. $30.

Dizzy Gift Guide 2013

While it's too late to order UK designer Kate Broughton's classic cocktail gift wrap in time for Christmas, how lovely would it be to use this later in the year?

Although it’s too late to order UK designer Kate Broughton’s classic cocktail gift wrap in time for Christmas, how lovely would it be to use this later in the year?

If you are anything like me, you have lots of cocktail lovers on your holiday gift list (and you are also one yourself). What are the holidays about, if not spreading the love? While your hunt for Pappy’s may prove fruitless,  here are some cocktailian gift ideas that should be readily available at fine shops (or online retailers) near you. Cheers to the holiday season, and may your glass always be half full!

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For the whiskey drinker who likes their poison on the rocks, ice sphere molds ($12.95 for a set of two) are an essential accessory. Not only does a globe of ice look impressive, it melts more slowly and evenly, leading to less dilution.

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Spirits connoisseurs know that absinthe won’t make you hallucinate (that’s just a myth), but at 106-148 proof, the anise flavored hooch demands to be served properly.  This stylish absinthe glassware set ($24 without spoons, $48 with) is made in the classic Belle Epoque style with 1-ounce reservoirs so you can easily measure your desired absinthe-to-water ratio.

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Restoration Hardware might not be the first place you think of for bar accessories, but their vintage hotel silver bar collection ($29-$79) is almost as charming as real vintage flea market finds. Cast brass with a soft patina, these shaker tins and tools recall a simpler era.

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Nothing dresses up a home bar quite like a crystal decanter. Anthropologie has a nice range to choose from, such as this quilted crystalline decanter ($68) that begs to pour something strong and delicious.

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If you are looking for a DIY gift, you could easily make your own brandied cherries — but if you are short on time and ingredients, these all-natural maraschino cherries ($7) will be welcomed by any fan of the Manhattan or the Mai Tai.

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For the beach bum on your list, these faux bamboo straws ($7.95) are the perfect addition to tiki drinks. Pair with a set of tiki mugs ($22.41) for the full effect.

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Speaking of beach bums, the one and only tiki drink historian Jeff “Beachbum” Berry returns to publishing with the release of “Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them” ($34.95). A compendium of vintage Caribbean drinks, this epic collection of recipes shares the stories behind the spirited history of the West Indies.  Of the 77 recipes in the book, 16 of them are “lost” and have never been published in any form, and another 19 have never been published in book form before.

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For the novice drinker getting started in the worlds of bourbon, rye, and Scotch, Whiskey: Instant Expert ($13.21) is a handy field guide to all things whisk(e)y. Learn the lingo, dive into the histories of famous Scottish and American distilleries, get buying tips, cocktail recipes, and more.

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Drinks by the Dram is a genius business idea making high-end whiskey (and other spirits) more accessible for the masses. Tasting sets feature 3oml wax-sealed bottles of otherwise rare and expensive bottles. For instance, their Regions of Scotland tasting kit ($57.06) includes a sample of Glenfarclas 40 year old, which retails for $499 for a 750ml bottle. You’ll want to place your order soon if you want it to arrive before Christmas, as this company is based out of the UK.

silver banded punch bowl
For the party host on your list, this silver banded punch bowl ($129.95) is not only the ultimate crowd-pleaser, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Add a copy of Kara Newman’s Cocktails for a Crowd ($13.91) full of punch recipes, and you’ll ensure your name is always on the guest list.

Dizzy Recap: The 4th Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar!

Photos by David Stewart.

Photos by David Stewart.

New Yorkers were treated to a rousing holiday cocktail experience at the Fourth Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar on Saturday, November 23 at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. The sold-out affair attracted 400 guests who enjoyed an unprecedented array of holiday punches, nogs and wassails made by some of NYC’s best bartenders, each competing for the top title in a friendly Punch-Off.
First Place Punch was The All American Punch by Elayne Duff representing George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey. The punch featured Dickel 12, Bulleit Rye infused with Lapsang Souchong tea, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Pom fall syrup, Aperol, lemon juice, Pom juice, apple cider and Angostura bitters. Nearly 20 spirits purveyors competed for the title, as selected by judges Kara Newman, spirits writer and author of Cocktails for a Crowd; Damon Boelte, bar director at Prime Meats and host of “The Speakeasy” on Heritage Radio Network; and Brian Miller, veteran bartender and owner of Double Windsor Consulting.Additionally, with many top punches to choose from, the crowd voted to select a mezcal punch as People’s Choice for additional bragging rights. The Whoa Mama by Montelobos Mezcal featured Montelobos Joven Mezcal, lime juice, pomegranate molasses and ginger beer.

Kara Newman, Elayne Duff, Brian Miller and Damon Boelte (L-R)

Kara Newman, Elayne Duff, Brian Miller and Damon Boelte (L-R)

Hosted by  The Dizzy Fizz, this rollicking walk-around tasting was set in a rustic winter woodland scene and guests paired their festive libations with carved beef brisket, pulled pork sliders, cole slaw and pickles by Mable’s Smokehouse.More than $1,000 was raised to benefit  Children’s Aid Society, a non-profit supporting some of NYC’s neediest children. Also benefiting CAS, pie by bakeries such as Butter & Scotch and Cutie Pies NYC was sold by the slice and a silent auction featuring cocktailian artist Jill DeGroff donated funds to the charity. Guests also brought new toys for Toys for Tots and non-perishable food for Food Bank NYC.

Sponsors included: Rhum Clement, G’Vine Gin, Bulleit Bourbon, Sorel, White Pike Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder, Montelobos Mezcal, Art in the Age Spirits, Tuthilltown Spirits, Four Roses Bourbon, Iceberg Vodka, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Excellia Tequila, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, 300 Joules, Cockspur Rum, The Irishman Whiskey, Tap 357 Maple Rye Whiskey, Molinari Sambuca Extra, The Famous Grouse, Averna Amaro, and more!

For punch and cocktail recipes from the event, please visit holidayspiritsbazaar.com

The All American Punch.

The All American Punch.

Whoa Mama punch.

Whoa Mama punch.

Winter Harvest punch.

Winter Harvest punch.

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Hot Buttered Rogen's Rum.

Hot Buttered Rogen’s Rum.

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Pumpkin Punch.

Pumpkin Punch.

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Gentleman's Agreement cocktail.

Gentleman’s Agreement cocktail.

Caribbean Cabin Fever punch.

Caribbean Cabin Fever punch.

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Dream Street by Jill DeGroff. (sold)

Dream Street by Jill DeGroff. (sold)

Beef brisket by Mable's Smokehouse.

Beef brisket by Mable’s Smokehouse.

S'more Pie by Butter & Scotch.

S’more Pie by Butter & Scotch.

Guinness Bailey's Irish Cream Pie by Cutie Pies NYC.

Guinness Bailey’s Irish Cream Pie by Cutie Pies NYC.

Guests brought gifts for Toys for Tots.

Guests brought gifts for Toys for Tots.

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For more photos from the event, please visit The Dizzy Fizz on Facebook.

 

Announcing: The 4th Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar!

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Raise your cup for a cozy introduction to the holiday season at the Fourth Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar on Saturday, November 23 at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. Sip your way through an unprecedented array of holiday punches, nogs and wassails made by some of NYC’s best bartenders, each competing for the top title in a friendly Punch-Off. An expert judging panel will choose the Best Bowl, and the crowd will help pick a People’s Choice award for additional bragging rights.

Hosted by  The Dizzy Fizz, this rollicking walk-around tasting will be set in a rustic winter woodland scene. Guests can pair their festive libations with pulled pork sliders, cole slaw and pickles by Mable’s Smokehouse.

General Admission is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $50. Subscribers to Urban Daddy Perks will get the scoop about a VIP hour starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring Mable’s famous sliced beef brisket. Use the code EARLYBIRD to save $10 before midnight on Sunday, Nov. 3!

A portion of proceeds benefits  Children’s Aid Society, a non-profit supporting some of NYC’s neediest children. Also benefiting CAS, Brooklyn Farmacy is selling pie for $3 per slice and there will be a silent auction of cocktailian art and photography. Guests are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for CAS or non-perishable food items for Food Bank NYC.

Sponsors include: Rhum Clement, G’Vine Gin, Bulleit Bourbon, Sorel, White Pike Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder, Montelobos Mezcal, Art in the Age Spirits, Hudson Whiskey, Half Moon Orchard Gin, Four Roses Bourbon, Iceberg Vodka, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Excellia Tequila, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, 300 Joules, Cockspur Rum, The Irishman Whiskey, Ron Abuelo, Molinari Sambuca, Averna Amaro, and more!

 
Must be 21-plus to attend. Please drink responsibly.

Saturday, November 23, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11201. All ticket holders must be 21+ with valid ID. For more information, please visit holidayspiritsbazaar.com.

File Under: Hot Dates

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry of The Dead Rabbit, named World's Best New Cocktail Bar at the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail. (Photo: Hanna Lee Communications)

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry of The Dead Rabbit, named World’s Best New Cocktail Bar at the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail. (Photo: Hanna Lee Communications)

The annual spirits industry mecca known as Tales of the Cocktail recently wrapped up in New Orleans, and once again, the NYC bar community cleaned up at the Spirited Awards. Brooklyn’s Clover Club took home Best American Cocktail Bar and Best High-Volume Cocktail Bar while bar owner Julie Reiner won Best Bar Mentor, NoMad Hotel (bar program by Leo Robitschek) won Best Hotel Bar, Saxon and Parole (bar program by Naren Young) won Best Restaurant Bar, and The Dead Rabbit took both World’s Best New Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu while Jack McGarry won International Bartender of the Year. Check out the full list of winners over on Good Spirits News.

On the heels of their big triple-win, The Dead Rabbit is partnering with Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema to launch their new series, “Spirits, Dinner and a Movie” this Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. Featuring Gangs of New York–Martin Scorcese’s 2002 fictional/historic look at the Five Points gangs in 1863 New York–the menu will be served at key moments during the film.  Guests will enjoy creative food and drink pairings such as “The Dead Rabbit” (rabbit terrine, whiskey aspic and torn bread) with the “Bill the Butcher” (Redbreast 12 year old Irish Whiskey, poire eau de vie, lemon sherbert, Dead Rabbit Orinoco bitters, mace tincture, boiling water and fresh grated nutmeg). Tickets are $95. 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn.