File Under Hot Dates: Thursday’s Cocktails Are For Lovers!

Come one, come two, lovely cocktails are for you!

Come one, come two, lovely cocktails are for you!

Single? Coupled? It’s complicated? Who cares! Everyone feels lovely with a romantic cocktail in hand. New Yorkers can celebrate the enchanting effects of the eternal icebreaker at Cocktails Are For Lovers, a red-hot walk-around-tasting party brought to you by yours truly from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at AstorCenter.

Sip endless love potions, aphrodesiac elixirs, dessert cocktails, effervescent punches, seductive slings and fragrant fizzes served by some of the hottest bartenders in NYC. Pair your tantalizing tipples with small bites by Filipino gastropub Jeepney including pulled pork adobo sliders. Bacon bakery Baconery will dish out savory sweets. Sexy beats by DJ Tomas Moves and burlesque performers will keep things interesting.

A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $45, while Urban Daddy Perks will provide a VIP experience.

Sponsors include: Rhum Clement, Ardbeg Whisky, Sandeman Porto, Pallini Limoncello, G’vine Gin, June Liqueur, Excellia Tequila, Aperol, OR-G Persimmon Liqueur, Voli Light Vodkas, Xante Brandy Pear Liqueur, John B. Stetson Bourbon, Killepitsch, Pisa Italian Liqueur and more!

Want a preview of what you’ll be tasting Thursday night?

Love Potion:

0.75 oz. June Vineflower Liqueur

Fill with Alfred Gratien Champagne

Cherry garnish

The Islay Affair by Jonathan Pogash, the Cocktail Guru:

1 1/2 oz. Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky

1 oz. blackberry puree

1/4 oz. simple syrup

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

Directions: Add ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.  Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish: sage leaf

pomegranate-cocktail

Visit cocktailsareforlovers.com for tickets and more information. Until then, lovelies!

Dizzy Recap: ¡Gracias! At The Summit Bar

The Gracias! NYC bar industry thank you party at The Summit Bar was colorful, spicy and delicious! All photos by Leo Borovskiy, Lush Life Productions.

Summer solstice may be around the corner, but the hot party season is here! Lots of recaps in the pipeline, but first I have to give you the word on ¡Gracias! at The Summit Bar, held Sunday night. I hosted my first punch party there in December, and then threw the big punch affair at Ramscale Gallery during Manhattan Cocktail Classic, so naturally, third time around was quite the charm. The turbulent storms that were forecasted held off, and by sunset the bar was full of bartending industry insiders, writers and cocktail enthusiasts from NYC and beyond.

The Summit Bar’s Hamid Rashidzada and Greg Seider wanted to thank the cocktail community for their support since opening in the fall of last year, so of course I agreed to join in the showing of gratitude–The Dizzy Fizz has had phenomenal launch as well! And since the party fell during the same weekend as the Gourmet Latino Festival (recap to come), we decided to offer Latin-themed punches created by Seider. The punches featured Corralejo Tequila, Ilegal Mezcal, Leblon Cachaca, Ron Zacapa Rum, Pisco 100 and a myriad of Latin spices and flavors. The invite-only event also featured tacos, Latin dance music spun by DJ Kimiko and a piñata full of fun surprises. (Which I wholeheartedly busted open!)

A big fat gracias to all who came and made the night a sizzling fiesta!! Special thanks to: Carmen Operetta, Abigail Gullo, Leo Borovskiy of Lush Life Productions, and the entire staff from The Summit Bar!

Gracias! Punch Recipes by Greg Seider at The Summit Bar

Multiply proportions by number of servings:

Cinnamon Girl

1 ½ oz. Leblon Cachaca
¾ oz. Mexican cinnamon-infused agave nectar
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
Dash grapefruit bitters
2 oz. ginger beer

Ilegal Activity

 1 ¼ oz. Ilegal Mezcal Reposado
¾ oz. Pisco 100
1 ½ oz grapefruit, cilantro and jalapeno pepper puree
½ oz. Dimmi liqueur
Splash soda water

Succulent Senorita

2 oz. Corralejo Blanco Tequila
1 oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz. agave nectar
¾ oz red pepper puree
Dash orange bitters
Slice muddled cucumber

 From Dusk ‘Til Diablo

1 oz. Zacapa 23 year Rum
1 oz. Chilean Cabernet
½ oz. black pepper and clove-infused agave nectar
½ oz. lemon juice
1 oz. coconut water
Dash Fee Bros’ whiskey barrel-aged bitters

Peruvian Passion

2 oz. Pisco 100
2 oz. pineapple and Serrano chili pepper puree
¾ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. fresh lime juice
Dash orange bitters
Splash soda water

Greg Seider, doing what he does so well!

About to hit an ass!