Dizzy Recap: Beefeater Summer Launch, St. Germain Can-Can Classic, Zagat’s Preview of Theater and Absolut Brooklyn Launch!

 

Bartenders from all over showed how they can-can mix St. Germain cocktails. Photo by Geoff Green.

So many parties, so little time! June officially kicked off summer party season in NYC, and so far it’s been quite the bender:

Beefeater Gin launched its limited-edition Beefeater Summer  featuring hibiscus, elderflower and black currant at the Ace Hotel. This gin has balanced sweetness and can be sipped straight–clearly Master Distiller Desmond Payne knows what he’s doing. Refreshing summer cocktails by Jamie Gordon, fish and chips, and a live twitter screen made this event a hit among the bartender, blogger and cocktailian crowd.

Beefeater Summer makes for refreshing cocktails. Photo by Dustin Cohen.

Nice shaker face! Photo by Dustin Cohen.

Beefeater feels the love. Photo by Dustin Cohen.

And more love. Photo by Dustin Cohen.

St. Germain’s Third Annual Can-Can Classic brought 13 bartenders from across the states to compete in a cocktail competition judged by Dave Wondrich, Andy Seymour, Lynnette Marrero, Toby Maloney and Phil Ward. The top $5,000 prize went to of Bobby McCoy of the Eastern Standard in Boston (winning cocktail recipe below). Afterwards, St. Germain kicked off its 1920s-themed Harvest Fair Party at the Bowery Hotel, complete with sword swallowers, carnival games and a live band.

Philadelphia's Phoebe Esmon. Photo by Geoff Green.

First-place winner Bobby McCoy of Boston's Eastern Standard. Photo by Geoff Green.

Going for that 1920's look. Photo by Geoff Green.

Zagat Survey hosted this week’s much-anticipated reveal of Theater, the new Tribeca cabaret-themed cavern from Apotheke’s Albert Trummer. Also billed as a celebration of Internet Week New York, Trummer opened the doors to his not-yet-officially-open space at 114 Franklin St. featuring a bar designed to look like a stage, a VIP room behind the stage, and an upstairs balcony and DJ booth. Zacapa rum cocktails and Sigmund Pretzelshop pretzels kept this party going strong.

The Zagats toast the opening of Theater. Photo courtesy of Zagat.

Moses Laboy pours Zacapa cocktails for the thirsty crowd. Photo courtesy of Zagat.

At Theater, a cavernous space leads to a bar designed to look like a vintage stage. Photo courtesy of Zagat.

Esteban Ordonez and friend. Photo courtesy of Zagat.

And just last night, hordes of Brooklynites packed into the PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO to celebrate the launch of Absolut Brooklyn, featuring a red apple and ginger flavor (although more like a hint of ginger). With special guest Spike Lee, DJ Spinna keeping the crowd bumping, professional dancers and a steady supply of refreshing cocktails, this party was off the heeze and further proof that Absolut throws some of the best parties in NYC! For more pics, check out Ucwhateyec.com.

John Pomeroy, Nosa Garrick and yours truly. Photo by John Walder.

Guest of honor Spike Lee. Photo by John Walder.

PowerHouse Arena was packed! Photo by John Walder.

Whew! Off to drink more water and take a nap… until the next!

Elixir Alpestre by Bobby McCoy, Boston, Eastern Standard

2 oz. Bols Genever
3/4 oz. St-Germain
1/4 oz. Becherovka
1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters
6 Drops Pernod Absinthe

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin over ice and shake.  Strain into a large coupe glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

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