Don’t Give Up the Ship Review

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There’s a sexy new kid on the block in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. As a previous brothel, now turned cocktail lounge, Barely Disfigured has created quite a delicious stir since November 2017. Challenging the conventions of classic French cocktails, ‘Barely’ serves modern takes on the traditional swills. One such drink is Don’t Give Up the Ship: a combination of gin, Fernet (an Italian amaro or bitter), and sweet vermouth. At first sip, a burst of citrus greets you. Then, the harmonious blend of  gin, bitter sweet fernet, and orange bitters  shines together  for a smooth finish. This refreshing treat is one, you definitely wouldn’t want to give up.

Find out more about Don’t Give Up the Ship on POUR, where you can see how to create the drink and find out juicy stories from behind the bar.

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Peat’s Dragons Review

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Photograph by Matthew Messina

One of the few original cocktails bars in New York City, Clover Club captures the revelry of the 1920 prohibition era, with touches of modern influences. The large saloon offers overs 30 spectacular cocktails. The beverage menu is thoughtfully divided into categories, such as Stirred, Sours & Fizzes, Royales, and more. It’s almost impossible for guests to not be impressed by the library.

One favorite is Peat’s Dragons – a smoky take on a Manhattan. Although named after the children’s story, the swill is quite mature as it uses a peaty scotch whisky, (hence the name), and a smoked style Sfumato amaro. This boozy-forward bev is briskly stirred and strained into a two-part glass: part is poured into a chilled glass and the remainder, into a mini carafe cradled in crushed ice. Since Peat’s Dragons is served like such, the flavors are smooth and free to mingle, creating a frosty, long lasting sipper.


Thirsty for more? Check out Peat’s Dragons on the Clover Club episode of POUR with Beverage Director, Tom Macy.

Smoky Goodnight Moon Review

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Photograph by Matthew Messina

Meet the Smoky Goodnight Moon – a grown-up nightcap inspired by the beloved childhood story, only available at Alice’s Arbor in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Don’t let the name fool you, this smooth swill is no sleeper. It consists of all-star pairings of bourbon, spiced rum, and honey, topped off with a splash of lavender. The thoughtful balance of flavors create an inviting sipper, sure to please an array tastes.

Plus, as if that wasn’t enough to wet your whistle, there’s has an off-menu element… smoke! The smoke comes from a wooden cedar board which is scorched (by a torch!) and then covered by a lowball glass to capture the smoky goodness. Then, the shaken cocktail is poured into the glass releasing a seductive cedar aroma. The on-menu version is Goodnight Moon, but if you want the smoky wow-factor, just ask!

Check out how the Smoky Goodnight Moon is made, here on POUR.

Jet Away for Oktoberfest

It’s Oktoberfest and Samuel  Adams, in conjunction with Jetblue Airline, is kicking off the festivities in style. For the very first time, Sam Adams will sponsor an inflight beer tasting for passengers attending  the Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, Colorado.  The festival (October 5th until 7th) is the premier U.S. beer event which celebrate American craft beer and breweries at the Colorado Convention Center.

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Jim Koch (Brewer and Founder of Sam Adams)

While airborne, an exclusive tasting will be led by Brewer and Founder of Sam Adams, Jim Koch. Beer-lovers will enjoy the beloved, gold medal-winning, Samuel Adams  Octoberfest brew, known for its smooth, creamy, yet slightly sweet malty flavor. That’s not all… two additional secret selections from the iconic brewer will be savored during the flight, while passengers engage in Oktoberfest-themed activities (with many surprises!) to help the time fly by.

Interested in this unique getaway? Visit www.JetBlue.com and book your seat on JetBlue Flight No. 97 which departs from New York City’s JFK Airport at 8:22 PM on Thursday October 5th. Sit back, relax and enjoy a new mile-high experience. Prost! (Cheers!)

Tantalizing Summer Treats in NYC

The most tempting draw to dessert is that it’s not a necessity, but instead, a novelty. Desert has a special meal-completing  touch which adds to each rewarding bite. For many, dessert is hands-down the best part of dining. Sweet-tooth fanatics wouldn’t dream of ending their feast without a sugared treat, and rightly so! New York has some innovative alternatives to the typical summer frozen eats. Take a break from the typical and venture to tantalizing, drool-worthy summer  desserts around the city. A few are even dressed with Pop Rocks and paired with booze! (Seriously!)

 

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Honey Custard (top)  Carrot Cake Moon Pies (bottom)

 

The cool, creamy, and texture-focused sweets at Chef John Frasier’s veggie haute, Nix, is sure to satisfy an array of sweet-seekers. The whimsical selections such as Dirt Pudding with gummy worms, Carrot Cake Moon Pies, and peachy Honey Custard will evoke fond childhood memories while impressing grown-up taste buds. Plus, each bite or spoonful shall brighten the sunniest of summer days. Desserts at this Michelin -starred dine are not to be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel New York 

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James’ Peachtree Fizz + Palm Court Summer Verrine

 

Move over afternoon tea, booze-paired desserts have arrived in The Palm Court of The Plaza Hotel. All summer long, an exclusive NOLET’S Silver cocktail and dessert pairing menu will be offered in the iconic hotel. Relax in the picturesque Palm Court with a made-to-order gin martini served tableside from the NOLET’S Martini Cart while enjoying a decadent dessert, flawlessly created by Pastry Chef Matthew Lambie. Chef Lambie thoughtfully highlighted the sophisticated flavor notes in NOLET’S Silver Gin and paired them with two addictive desserts: Hibiscus/Violet Vacherin and Palm Court Summer Verrine. The verrine is paired with the refreshing James’ Peachtree Fizz cocktail (with peach puree and lemon juice) while the Vacherin complements the Gin Blush sipper (with Chambord and raspberry puree). This is an ideal must-visit opportunity while taking a staycation, if you don’t have a chance to escape the city this summer. These selections will be available to all until Labor Day.

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Gin Blush + Hibiscus/Violet Vacherin

 

il Buco

il Buco is of course one of New York City’s most beloved dines known for its impeccable mix of northern Spanish and Mediterranean influences. Not only are the savory dishes a thoughtful fusion of tradition and innovation, but the same creativity overflows into the desserts as well. One such selection, the chocolate ganache, is a silky, semi-sweet confection, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with Pop Rocks! The creative play on sweet and savory with a bang, is as much of a thrill to eat as it is a cold, bold summer delight.

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Chocolate Ganache

Rave-Worthy Memorial Day Mixers

Summer is knocking on the door; so, why not welcome it with a spectacular cocktail? Start the season with a sunny Peach Lemonade Punch using NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin or stir up a delish Truly Sangria for Memorial Day. Sip your way through summer with these refreshing chillers perfect for poolside, beach-side, and after-five.

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Peach Lemonade Punch

Ingredients:
750 ml NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
2.25 L Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
375 ml Elderflower Liqueur
2 Bags Frozen Peaches

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a pitcher or infusion jar and stir.

Serve over ice in a highball glass and garnish with a peach slice or raspberry skewer.

 

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Ingredients:

3 Parts Cinzano Prosecco

2 Parts Aperol

1 Dash Soda

Ice and a slice of Orange

Directions:

Add ice and a slice of orange to glass.

Pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a dash of soda. This avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom.

Quick stir and sip away!

 

TRULY Sangria (1)Truly Sangria

Ingredients:

6 oz. Truly Spiked & Sparkling Pomegranate

2 oz. Red Wine

1 oz. Brandy

1 oz. Raspberry Flavoring (ex. Monin)

Assorted citrus (oranges, etc.) and berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)

Squeeze of orange and lime wedges

Directions:

In advance, soak fruit in brandy.

Combine 6 oz. Truly Spiked & Sparkling Pomegranate and 2 oz. red wine in a red wine glass over ice and brandy-soaked fruit.

Garnish with orange slice

NOTE: To make batch sangria, use 3:1 ratio of Truly to red wine.

Hibiscus Dragon Fruit Margarita

Dragon Fruit Margarita with straw

Ingredients:

2 oz Patron Reposado Tequila

2 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice

.75 oz Cinnamon Hibiscus syrup

.50 oz Fresh Lemon

.25 oz Triple sec

Pinch of Sea Salt

2 Dashes Hellfire Bitters

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a shaking tin and fill half way with ice.

Shake for 5 seconds and strain into a hollowed out Dragon Fruit with ice.

Garnish with pineapple spikes, mint and flaming lemon half.

 

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1 ½ parts elit Vodka

1 scoop of Lemon Sorbet or another different flavor

3 parts Prosecco

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a blender with a bit of crushed ice.

Pour into a coupette and garnish with fresh lemon zest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Simply Perfect Margaritas At Home

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Patrón has announced its 2017 Margarita of the Year, the Coralina Margarita. After a world-wide search with thousands of thirst-quenching hopefuls, live voting on social media allowed imbibers to support their favorite tipples. This year’s champion beautifully showcases the oaky Patrón Reposado coupled with the Patrón Citrónge Orange and hibiscus to create an instant attraction for the most discerning of palates.

Want to try this highly coveted winner? This year, Patrón teamed with Cocktail Courier (think  Blue Apron for cocktails) to offer an opportunity to make the Coralina Margarita at home. Another top-rated marg’, the Mumbai Margarita, is also available to try. This addictive east-meets-west fusion also uses Patrón Reposado, mixed with mango puree and spicy rose syrup. I tried shaking up this tantalizing drink and it was a smashing success! Very simple to make, loaded with fresh, quality ingredients and great to taste.

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The home delivery service offers an array of seasonal cocktails, crafted by trailblazing mixologists.  All cocktail information, including number of servings, is included in the kit and easily accessible online. Kits provide everything needed for the DIY sips except for bar tools and serving glasses. The easy- to-follow directions, garnishes, and packaging is very convenient; an ideal set-up for a fabulous time!

Whether you are a spirits aficionado, or you just enjoy a superb sip, the Patrón – Cocktail Courier combo is simply perfection.

August Laura: From Dreams to A Charming Reality

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Sure, New York City has lots of glitz and glam. Huge buildings and iconic attractions are among its characteristics, but NYC wouldn’t be what it is today, without its dreamers; those who take a chance to pursue their passions with reckless abandon – or those who live by ‘YOLO’ (You Only Live Once). For generations, New York has been built by go-getters and is full of those seeking their ultimate ‘American Dream.’

The same aspirations are true for Frankie Rodriguez and Alyssa Sartor, owners of August Laura, in Brooklyn. Bartending more than 20 years combined in New York City, the couple was blessed to open their ‘dream,’ befittingly located four blocks from where Alyssa’s grandfather (an Italian immigrant) grew up. Paying homage to her grandfather, the living room style bar has been named after him. The deep familial ties are undeniable at August Laura. Family pictures and home-goods are tastefully placed around the room, creating a cozy nightcap for all guests.

Tipples are elegant, intriguing, and satisfying, at the warm neighborhood cocktail bar. Each highlight the individual ingredients whether sweet, bitter, or savory and progress thoughtfully in spirit strength. The signature and nostalgic Amaretto Sour is seriously addictive. Alyssa’s recipe uses egg white and flavorful Nocino walnut liqueur, which adds sophistication and a seductive, creamy element to each sip. Shaved nutmeg heightens the senses and is the perfect garnish for the luscious drink.

The dedicated staff at August Laura pours sippers for patrons nightly, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, while listing to stellar playlists such as Sam Smith, 90s rap, and even a live jazz duo (every Wednesday night).

In its premier year, August Laura is making its imprint because Alyssa and Frankie dared to dream. Each time a customer enjoys their drink of choice, in essence, he or she raises a glass to couple’s surreal American Dream.

Want to know more about August Laura? Check the interview and how to make the buzz-worthy Amaretto Sour on POUR.

August Laura

387 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Tidbits:

Jazz on Wednesday evenings

Pop-up Weekend Brunch: Dovecote at August Laura – Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm (featuring La Colombe coffee, coffee cocktails, and local bakery goods)