Dizzy Recap: The Holiday Spirits Bazaar!

Aerial dancer Callie Peck shakes it up at the Holiday Spirits Bazaar. Photo by John Walder.

The Dizzy Fizz rang in the holiday season with a bangin’, boozy bash — the first-ever Holiday Spirits Bazaar! From gravity-defying aerial dancers to an antique truck parked inside to endless amounts of holiday punches and cocktails, this was truly one spectacular affair. Thanks to everyone who made their way to The Green Building in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and helped raise nearly $1,000 for the Museum of the American Cocktail. Let’s do it again next year!

A huge thanks to the Sponsors: Denizen Rum, Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch, Tempus Fugit Spirits, Vermont Gold & White Vodka, Cockspur Rum, Classic & Vintage Spirits, Purity Vodka, Square One Organic Spirits, Haus Alpenz, FAIR Trade Spirits, Scorpion Mezcal, Redemption Rye, Don Q Rum, Hudson Whiskey, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Pipeline Brands, Highland Park Single Malt Scotch, Chairman’s Reserve Rum, Castries Peanut Creme Liqueur, Pasternak Wines and Innis & Gunn Cask-Aged Beer.

As well as the Vendors: Fette Sau BBQ, SkimKim Foods, Emily Thompson Flowers, Kara Newman, Jesse Tobin and Elisabeth Prescott.

Special thanks to: The Green Building staff, John Pomeroy, Damien Good, DJ TomasMoves, John Walder, Leo Borovskiy, Callie Peck, Libby Gowen, Anne Louis Marquis, Tina Tassels, Mary Elizabeth Van Hagen, Carmen Operetta, Sara Gorelick, Sharon Festinger, Elke Swakhammer, Matt Sparacino, Drink Up NY, The Summit Bar, WTF Coffee, Martin Pham, and Jill & Dale DeGroff.

For more photos, please visit the Facebook pages for The Dizzy Fizz and Lush Life Productions. Want recipes from the event? Click here.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Hats by Jesse Tobin. Photo by John Walder.

Kimchee Bloody Mary Mix by SkimKim Foods. Photo by John Walder.

Tulip bulbs by Emily Thompson Flowers. Photo by John Walder.

Highland Park's Queen Mary cocktail. Photo by John Walder.

Hudson Whiskey and Solerno punch. Photo by John Walder.

John Freeman pours Innis & Gunn Cask Aged Beer. Photo by John Walder.

Damien Good & yours truly. Photo by John Walder.

Emily Thompson Flowers. Photo by John Walder.

Anncherie Saludo, Jane Elkins & Ren. Photo by John Walder.

Duane Fernandez of Don Q Rum. Photo by John Walder.

Burlesque performer Tina Tassels. Photo by John Walder.

Solerno's table setting. Photo by John Walder.

DJ TomasMoves. Photo by John Walder.

Jim Meehan, friend and Michael Klein with Highland Park.

David Clelland, Carmen Operetta, friend & Jennifer Kramer with Auchentoshan. Photo by Lush Life Productions.

Gable Erenzo, Hal Wolin, Brett Martino and Megan Manning. Photo by Lush Life Productions.

Gabriel & Mariana Cardier and Emily Malinowski. Photo by Lush Life Productions.

Jill & Dale DeGroff. Photo by Lush Life Productions.

Simon Ford and Elba Giron. Photo by Lush Life Productions.

The scene at The Green Building. Photo by John Walder.

Don’t Miss The Holiday Spirits Bazaar!

Come one, come all to the first-ever Holiday Spirits Bazaar, taking place tomorrow, Dec. 11, at The Green Building at 450 Union St., Brooklyn. VIP admission starts at 4 p.m. for $25, and regular admission is from 5 to 10 p.m. for $20 (purchase tickets here). A portion of proceeds from this holiday cocktail tasting and shopping extravaganza, brought to you by The Dizzy Fizz, will benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail.

Get inspired to host a spirited party of your own as you sip holiday drinks by fine brands such as: Denizen Rum, Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch, Tempus Fugit Spirits, Vermont Gold & White Vodka, Cockspur Rum, Classic & Vintage Spirits, Purity Vodka, Square One Organic Spirits, Haus Alpenz, FAIR Trade Spirits, Scorpion Mezcal, Redemption Rye, Don Q Rum, Hudson Whiskey, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Pipeline Brands, Highland Park Single Malt Scotch, Chairman’s Rum, Castries Peanut Liqueur and Innis & Gunn Cask-Aged Beer.

Need to get some holiday shopping done? We have some amazing vendors such as: Fette Sau BBQ selling pulled-pork and brisket sandwiches, Emily Thompson Flowers selling wreaths and and table centerpieces, Etsy craft designers Jesse Tobin and Elisabeth Prescott selling accessories, SkimKim Foods selling kimchee bloody mary mix, and author Kara Newman signing and selling copies of her book, “Spice & Ice!”

And don’t miss out on a silent auction to benefit MOTAC, featuring: artwork by Jill DeGroff, jewelry by Aroc Urtu, vintage French absinthe and liqueur posters, a three-night stay at Lenell Smothers’ Casa Coctel in Mexico, a Tuthilltown Distillery gift pack, and more!

Plus DJ TomasMoves on the decks, gravity-defying dance performance, and plenty other surprises!

Hope to see you there!

Must be 21+ to attend. Please drink responsibly.

Photo by Lush Life Productions.

 

Dizzy Recap: 2nd Annual Repeal Day Ball in D.C.

 

NYC crashed the DC Repeal Day Ball in style. From left, Crystal de Canton, Lindsey Johnson, Jill DeGroff, Jason Littrell, Lisa Hare, Eryn Reece, Jen Craig, Dale DeGroff, Simon Ford, Sue Leckie, and myself and Elba Giron are front and center. Photo by Leo Borovskiy of Lush Life Productions.

“One cannot have too large a party. “--Jane Austen

Lately, I have had an amazing stroke of good fortune when it comes to attending events and traveling new places.  [Well, there I go, I’ve probably jinxed myself now.] I’ll ask the universe to make something happen, and what do you know, at the last possible minute, an invite magically arrives. [Maybe next I should ask for a raise!] Such was the case this past weekend, when it was suddenly posed on Friday afternoon that I help the Lush Life Productions crew with their video and photo coverage of the D.C. Repeal Day Ball held Saturday night. I was planning on spending the weekend volunteering with kids in Harlem and otherwise bundling up on my couch. [It’s ok, there’s lots of NY Cares volunteers willing to play dodgeball with 9-year-olds.]

I scrambled to find the right dress for the swank black-tie affair, hopped into the LushLifeMobile with Lindsey Johnson, Leo Borovskiy, and Jason Littrell, and away we were, braving the first blizzard of the season to get to our nation’s capital in time so that we could document it for the Museum of the American Cocktail. Being part of the press crew meant that we got to attend the event from the pre-opening stage, watching as the PS7’s crew impressively pulled together all of the necessary details for the gala, all the way to the after-party at brand new bar The Passenger. Let’s just say I got a little *dizzy* towards the end, although it was nothing too serious or worth calling my parents about.

PS7’s bar manager, Gina Chersevani, chef/owner Peter Smith, along with the D.C. Craft Bartender’s Guild, showed all of us New Yorkers who made the trip that the District truly knows how to let loose 1933-style. From the magnificent punches, egg nogs, and classic cocktails served by all-star bartenders, to the red-and-black sequined ladies in pearls and feathers and the gents in suits, bowties, and a few sporting real (and some costume) mustaches, to the swingin’ jazz band, Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs, D.C.’s 76th anniversary of the end of Prohibition was a knockout soiree.

The “toastmaster” of the ball, mixologist and blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, Ore., has made it his ongoing mission to have Repeal Day recognized as a national holiday for years now, so he was the choice host. He kept us all entertained with drinking quotes from renowned cocktailians who couldn’t make it, such as Dave Wondrich and Gaz Regan, as well as historical quotes and more tawdry quips from the crowd. Derek Brown, Dan Searing, and Owen Thompson of the D.C. Craft Bartender’s Guild dressed up as the Founding Fathers, which added some revolutionary spirit to the occasion (as in, “Spirit of ’76”).

There was a leading cast of mixology all-stars both behind the stick and in attendance, which was a treat for me since I didn’t make it to this past summer’s Tales of the Cocktail:

King Cocktail, Dale DeGroff, served the “Cocktel Jerez” (Jameson Irish Whiskey, Lustau PX Sherry, Lustau Dry Oloroso Sherry, Angostura Bitters, flamed orange peel) from the heart of the kitchen, which I found especially charming. His queen, Jill DeGroff, signed copies of her whimsical, soulfully-illustrated tome of bartender and musician caricatures and colorful stories, “The Lush Life: Portraits from the Bar,” which was just released in time for the gift-giving season. Ed Hamilton, founder of Ministry of Rum, mixed ti’ punches made with 100-proof rum straight from Martinique, sugarcane syrup (which you must try if you haven’t yet, and can purchase here), and a small squeeze of lime, mixed with a swizzle stick. The Tippling Bros’ Tad Carducci made a cheerfully-garnished “Gussied-Up Bread Line” (Averna Amaro, G’Vine Floraison Gin, fresh lemon, ginger beer, cranberries). Todd Thrasher (how cool is that name), mixologist at PX in Alexandria, Va., crafted a “Veritas” (Benedictine, Laird’s Applejack, homemade apple bitters, walnut water, fermented apple, cider air) which I had two of and was as amazing-tasting as it sounds. Adam Bernbach of D.C.’s Proof delivered a unique and impressive hot drink, the “Pisco in Winter” (butter-infused Macchu Pisco, citrus-spice syrup, and hot water, garnished with an Angostura-cinnamon marhsmallow, yum). Rachel Sergi of Againn meticulously strained the “Thank U-Tah,” (Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila, Luxardo Maraschino, Leopold Bros. Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur, fresh lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, egg, cinnamon tincture, and Fee Bros. Aztec Chocolate Bitters–whew) into a frothy flip. Philadelphia’s Christian Gaal, bartender at Apothecary and Noble American Cookery,  shook up some drinks as well, and there were other punches and nogs and delightful-looking things that I wanted to try, but as you can imagine, water eventually became a necessity.

By the time we sauced revelers arrived at The Passenger, which mixologists and brothers Derek and Tom Brown opened late last month, it was bustling with an already-packed crowd and the scene was in full swing. I had a punch that included dangerously good ingredients I can no longer remember, champagne spiked with rum, and a most refreshing dark beer, the Butternuts Moo Thunder Stout, which had notes of espresso and malty goodness. Oh, and the company was great–met Marshall Fawley of Scofflaw’s Den and made lots of new D.C. friends. Let’s just say it’s a good thing that D.C. bars close at 2 a.m. because I’m not sure some of us (myself included) needed to continue riding the express train to Overindulgence.

I must apologize for not writing down the food menu that was offered, but every hors d’oeuvre and appetizer I tried melted in my mouth, and I hope to check out PS7’s dinner menu next time I’m in D.C. After doing a little post-event research, I discovered that PS7’s is across from the historic first meeting place of the Anti-Saloon League, which launched the crusade for Prohibition. For more photos, check out The Washingtonian, keep an eye out for We Shoot Cocktails photos coming soon here, and if you’re friends with us on Facebook: there will soon be a few extras in my album, be sure to scope the lovely Lush Life Production’s album (and video here), and for shots of more NYC-D.C. love and Sunday’s bartender brunch, check out Jason’s snap-happy album–he stuck around D.C. longer than the rest of us.

Most of all thanks to Lush Life, Dale and Jill DeGroff, and all of the amazing D.C. bottlerockers. Repeal Day is the bartender’s holiday, and I was honored to celebrate it with some of the best in the country. Hope to see you again next year!

Dizzy Recap: World Cocktail Day

 

 

Dale DeGroff, King of Cocktails. Photos by Bobbi Misick.

Dale DeGroff, King of Cocktails. Photos by Bobbi Misick.

 

Between birthdays and my first road race, it’s taken me a hot minute to recap last week’s World Cocktail Day fundraiser at Pranna, and I think my liver’s still quaking. About 20 star mixologists and hundreds of thirsty followers celebrated the grand bittered sling in style. Invitees were ensured a dandy buzz as teams of five bottle-rockers served drinks each hour of the event. Some planned ahead and brought their own syrups, while others mixed drinks impromptu.

 

Here’s a rundown of the tipples I tasted: Gary Regan’s Plymouth Pull (Plymouth Gin, Gran Marnier, Navan Vanilla Cognac, Angostura bitters), Simon Ford’s blueberry cocktail (Plymouth Gin, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, muddled blueberries, lemon juice, simple syrup, sparkling sake), Jason Kosmas’ Tom Collins (Plymouth Gin, lemon juice, aloe juice, simple syrup, soda water), John Lermayer’s gin cocktail (Plymouth gin, muddled cucumber, ginger juice, lemongrass syrup, lime juice), Leo DeGroff’s Jezebel (muddled strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, Sagatiba cachaca, lemongrass syrup, honey, lime juice), Erin Williams’ Cointreau Cup (Cointreau, muddled mint, cucumber and strawberries, Hendrick’s gin, lime juice), Charlotte Voisey’s Hendrick’s Smash (Hendrick’s Gin, Angostura bitters, mint, agave nectar, lime juice), Aisha Sharpe’s tequila cocktail (El Tesoro Reposado Tequila, muddled pink peppercorns, Navan Vanilla Cognac, grapefruit juice, lemon juice), Misty Kalkofen’s Tap Treasure (El Tesoro Reposado Tequila, maple syrup, Navan Vanilla Cognac, Angostura bitters, lemon juice), Julie Reiner’s Clover Club (Hendrick’s Gin, homemade raspberry syrup, dry vermouth, egg white, lemon juice), Audrey Saunder’s Plymouth Mojito (Plymouth Gin, muddled mint, simple syrup, Pernod), Dale DeGroff’s louched Pernod Absinthe, David Wondrich’s adapted Old Fashioned (made with choice of Hennessy Black or 10 Cane Rum, Angostura bitters, dash simple syrup, lemon twist), Allen Katz’s whiskey cocktail (Yamazaki 12 Year Single Malt, Domaine de Canton, Gary Regan’s Orange Bitters, simple syrup, lime juice, sparkling sake), Gardner Dunn’s whiskey cocktail (Yamazaki 12 Year Single Malt, tamarind syrup, agave nectar, lemon juice, ginger ale), Naren Young’s Pisco Punch (Pisco, pineapple gum syrup, lime juice, lemon juice), and several others, including drinks by Ben Clemons, Andy Seymour, and Jamie Gordon, although my notes got a little illegible at that point. It was a fantastic evening in honor of the artistry and talent responsible for the cocktail renaissance. Check out my Flickr page for more photos by Bobbi Misick.

 

 

 

Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club.

Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club.

John LeMayer of The Florida Room.

John Lermayer of The Florida Room.

Jason Kosmas of Employees Only.

Jason Kosmas of Employees Only.

Aisha Sharpe of Contemporary Cocktails.

Aisha Sharpe of Contemporary Cocktails.

Colin Asare-Appiah, Brand Ambassador, U'Luvka Vodka.

Colin Asare-Appiah, Brand Ambassador, U'Luvka Vodka.

Charlotte Voisey, Brand Ambassador, Hendrick's Gin.

Charlotte Voisey, Brand Ambassador, Hendrick's Gin.

Gardner Dunn, Brand Ambassador, Yamazaki Whiskey.

Gardner Dunn, Brand Ambassador, Yamazaki Whiskey.

A pomegranate and bourbon cocktail.

A pomegranate and bourbon cocktail.

Cheers!

Cheers!