Apple Jack is America's original spirit and a delicious addition to any daiquiri. Apple Jack celebrates the local NY apple region and is often produced by cider-makers in the Hudson Valley. Inspired by the traditional pork and apple sauce pairing, we brought some in to experiment with. Chef Kelly "Shibumi" Jones, NYC chef turned Hudson Valley supper-club owner's sous vide heritage boston butt recipe is a perfect dish to pair with this cocktail to celebrate the iconic combination.
May 4, 2023
Red and Blue Nutcracker Cocktails
The nutcracker is to New York City's beaches and parks what the chopped cheese is to our delis — totally ubiquitous and a guilty pleasure that never disappoints. Charismatic “beachtenders” hawk these colorful and boozy concoctions all summer long anywhere crowds gather. I can’t compete with these all-stars on their turf, so I hunkered down behind the bar to come up with these love letters to these NYC icons.
Apr 7, 2023
No matter how you plan to eat your andouille, a classic Sazerac is the best way to tie the meal together. New Orleans is all about tradition — the food, the drinks, and the music all pay homage to the storied history of the Crescent City. No sausage more so than andouille, no cocktail more so than the Sazerac.
Mar 24, 2023
Watching Chefs Hannah and Q prepare a flawless ribeye, I knew the only appropriately glamorous cocktail companion could be a classic martini — just as with a delicious steak, the martini emphasizes the quality of the spirits within and the proper preparation is the picture of elegant simplicity.
Mar 20, 2023
The New World Bloody
To compliment TJ’s turkey tinga bartender Matt Botkin riffed on the Bloody Maria using Vago Elote, a mezcal distilled three times with the final distillation adding roasted black corn to round out the smoky flavor giving it a toasted nuttiness and sweetness. The higher than average proof balances perfectly with the robust flavors of tomato, chili, and brine to make the pairing a veritable New World feast!
Mar 16, 2023
Maple Bourbon Sour and Breakfast Daisy
Sometimes the kitchen and butcher counter can be united with the bar and share ingredients to produce marvelous concoctions! Today we feature a Matt Botkin original creation inspired by the ingredients already being used to make the famous glazed ham served at Clinton Street Baking Co., one of the premiere brunch spots in New York. Matt uses bourbon, maple syrup, and cinnamon sticks to produce this Sour. Then Matt adds Amaro to turn the Sour into a Daisy giving the drink another layer of complexity!
Mar 8, 2023
Cynar Negroni Cocktail Recipe
The Negroni was invented in Florence by the Italian Count Camillo Negroni in the early 20th century. He fortified his Americano drink by replacing the usual soda water with gin. The bartender added an orange peel and the Negroni was born! Recently, the Negroni has grown in popularity and is now officially part of the cocktail canon in the United States
Feb 21, 2023
New York Sour Cocktail
This is an old school cocktail in the classic tradition of only using a few ingredients. A spirit forward drink, you will want to use a nice Rye. We used Empire Rye from the Van Brunt Stillhouse in Brooklyn. We picked this cocktail because darker liquors are ideal companions for heartier braised cuts like the brisket and pairs wonderfully with our Passover Braised Brisket recipe.