Event Recap: Campari Negroni Week Kickoff Event at Lovage Rooftop

We hope you guys had a wonderful time celebrating the fifth year of Campari Negroni Week because we certainly did. We had the pleasure of celebrating the apéritif at the Negroni Week VIP kickoff event with Imbibe Magazine at Lovage, the rooftop bar with 360-degree views. The Campari Negroni Week kickoff event featured several cocktail stations, where guests enjoyed several variations of the Campari cocktail.

The evening was a journey through many modern day interpretations of the Negroni cocktail, in various forms. We started our Campari Negroni Week cocktail journey with the Mai Tai Unigroni, a delicious concoction created by Joshua Anthony Campbell of Leyenda. This Negroni version of a Mai Tai was one of the favorites of the event’s guests, it was definitely one of ours.

For our next cocktail, we wanted something out of the world that would transport us (and our tastebuds) to another dimension, and the iridescent Galaxy Negroni Sbagliato, by Naren Young of Dante, was the perfect galactic cocktail to get us there.

We took a break from cocktails to enjoy one of the amazing Negroni edible treats, including the Negroni Pop Tarts from Scotch & Butter, Negroni Donuts from The Doughnut Project, and the most delightful Negroni Gelatin Balls.

After we had our fill, we continued on to our next cocktail, a frozen delight called the Frogoni, created by Julie Reiner, of the Clover Club. This slushy cocktail, whose ingredients included Campari and fresh strawberries, was the perfect way to cool down.

The flow of cocktails didn’t stop as we moved on to enjoy a few more libations. This time we went for the more classic Negroni cocktails. First up was The Red Planet Negroni, a classic looking drink boasting bold flavors by Leo Robitschek from The Nomad (you may remember his name as the creator of the amazing Red Velvet Swing cocktail from our holiday event with Campari).

Our next and last cocktail of the evening was the Classic Negroni, the perfect end to an event honoring the iconic cocktail. With the help of Mr. Negroni (and an ever-flowing Negroni fountain), we savored the simple, sophisticated cocktail as the event came to an end.

And that, dear readers, is how we celebrated Campi Negroni Week. We hope you had a great time honoring the week long event as well.

 

 

National Doughnut Day with Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC

Is there anything better than the deep-fried and sweet mounds of yumminess that are doughnuts? If there ever was a sweet treat to be celebrated, it is doughnuts. It’s impossible to dislike them, and thankfully we got to properly celebrate the dessert! In honor of this very important desert food, acclaimed mixologist Adam Seger hosts Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC, the newest hotspot located in New York’s South Street Seaport EVERY Thursday evening. The months’ old bar (it’s just a little over 6 months old) is lively and intimate all at once. We had the pleasure of partaking in this amazing blend of confectionery and cocktail heaven just in time for National Doughnut Day.

These alcohol-infused, bite-sized doughnuts bring new meaning to the term Amuse-bouche because your mouth (along with your taste buds and stomachs) will be so happy once they indulge in these boozy doughnut holes. Our night’s indulgence included two types of doughnut holes, Old-fashioned Glazed, and Double Valrhona Fleur de Sel (chocolate covered holes topped with sea salt). What makes these doughnuts “drunken” are the accompanying boozy sauces and sides including the decadent Bourbon Dulce de Leche Sauce, Boyd & Blair 151 Vodka Cardamom Whipped Cream, Pimm’s Spiked Mango, Pineapple, Habanero Marmalade, Dark Rum & Cognac Chocolate Sauce, and last but certainly not least, a boozy Cereal Milk Ice Cream.

Fair warning to those of you who will no doubt enjoy this experience, these boozy sauces, and sides do not have “essence of alcohol” or “flavored with alcohol”, these are made with full on booze, you can definitely get tipsy off this experience. The whipped cream and marmalade by themselves are enough to knock you off your sober feet. To experience Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC, you’re escorted to a secret room behind a bookcase called the Green Room, a dimly lit hidden enclave few will notice if not paying attention.

Surrounded by bottles of alcohol, walls filled with photos of iconic, framed photos, and a vast library of infused spirits curated by Master Bartender and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, created with The Tuck Room’s Heizenberg machine, you and your guests will greatly enjoy this modern speakeasy’s secret room.

All this was enjoyed at the end of this adventurous evening. Our evening of Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC begun with some very interesting and amazing Heizenberg infused cocktails. We decided to go with whatever cocktails were placed in from of us by the wonderful and attentive bar staff, Adam called it “Autopilot”.

The cocktails we enjoyed included the DrinkupNY, consisting of Balsam Magnolia Blossom Oolong New York Aperitif Wine, Perrier, and lemon; a modern interpretation of a Sidecar, featuring an infusion of Luxe Pierre Ferrand, California Nectarines, Nutmeg, and Sage with a float of Prosecco on top; a libation inspired by an English cocktail with Ginger bitters, Chartreuse, Cognac, and Fresh Lemon Juice; and a cocktail infused with Tequila, Fresh Cherries, Pomegranate, and lime. Since man can’t live by cocktails alone, we dined on wonderful starters by James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard.

REUBEN CROQUETTES

These savory balls of yumminess were the perfect foodie delights to begin our culinary journey with The Tuck Room NYC. Each bit is filled with delicious crispy pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and sits upon a “thousand island” sauce.

BRIOCHE CRUSTED CRAB CAKES

Just when I thought I’d tasted heaven with the Rueben Croquettes, the crab cakes, which featured Old Bay Remoulade, Frisée + Citrus Salad, and Yuzu Vinaigrette took that feeling to another level.

SPICED + SWEET PORK BELLY WRAPS

Last but not least on the foodie adventure before our sweet tooth journey begun was the above pork belly wraps featuring Butter Lettuce, Nuoc Cham Caramel, Limes, Radishes, Jalapeño, Fresno Chile Aioli, and Cilantro.

All this was enjoyed while sitting at the bar, listening to what could only be called as the perfect classic bar music, as episodes of BarTales (the new single-city documentary series featuring Dale DeGroff, Gaz Regan, Adam Seger, and David Wondrich) plays on the flat screen directly above. This entire evening felt like we crossed something off our bucket list. We promise you will enjoy everything about Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room. So if you’re looking for an amazingly delicious and intoxicating foodie experience, head over to the South Street Seaport and indulge in a night of Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC.

NYC Event Alert: You’re Invited to Campari’s Fifth Annual Negroni Week

There’s much to celebrate next week, and we plan on raising a glass, a spoon and an appetite as tribute. For those of you not familiar, Campari’s fifth annual Negroni Week kicks off on Monday, June 5th. Negroni Week, presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, is a week-long international Campari cocktail celebration from June 5th-11th, that brings bartenders, restaurants, and Campari lovers together to celebrate one of the world’s greatest cocktails, the Negroni.

Commemorating its fifth year, Negroni Week will be celebrated at 6,000 bars and restaurants around the world, who will be mixing classic Negronis and Negroni variations for a great cause. This week-long event not only celebrates one of the world’s great cocktails, like the one featured below, it also helps to raise money for charities around the world.

The Red Planet Negroni Created by Leo Robitschek, The NoMad (NYC)


1 oz. Campari
1.5 oz. Cinzano 1757
2 oz. Bulldog Gin
Clarified Milk Mixture*

Follow instructions below to create clarified milk punch. Serve in a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with two star-shaped orange twists.

*Clarified Milk Mixture
3 oz. Milk
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1.5 oz. Spice Rooibos Tea Syrup
1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice
Heat up milk until just under a simmer. Take the pot off the heat and add the lemon juice. Stir slowly until the curds and the whey separate. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Pour all of the ingredients slowly through a superbag until the punch becomes clear, and the repeat the filtering process.

Some of the delicious treats and concoctions Negroni fans will be able to enjoy during the week-long celebration include classic Negroni cocktails, the above Red Planet Negroni cocktail, Mai-Tai Unigroni cocktail, and Galaxy Negroni Sbagliato cocktail.

Galaxy Negroni Sbagliato Created by Naren Young, Dante (NYC)


1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Cinzano 1757
Cinzano Prosecco to top
Pour Campari and Cinzano 1757 over ice in a collins glass that has been sprayed with a chamomile tincture. Add 3 dashes of chamomile tincture and a pinch of edible silver glitter. Top with Prosecco.

Other delights include a Grapefruit Negroni Creamsicle from Tipsy Scoop (pictured directly above); Negroni Ice Cream Sandwiches ($8.00) from Breakroom 86 + Coolhaus, an almond biscotti cookie sandwich with coconut Campari ice cream;

Negroni Pop Tarts ($6.00 each), classic treats filled with a Negroni custard and topped with an orange and Campari icing, and sprinkles, from Butter & Scotch; Negroni Nuggets; and Negronuts, Negroni donuts filled with Carpano Antica Whipped Cream, topped with Campari Glaze and drizzled with Orange Compote, from The Doughnut Project.

A portion of proceeds from Negroni Week goes to the charity of the vendors choice, such as City Harvest, Mercy Corps, and the WILD Foundation. Will you be partaking in the week-long international celebration? How will you be celebrating Campari’s fifth annual Negroni Week?

Uncork and Unwind: An Evening with MWC Wines

We’re lucky enough to preview and be introduced to a variety of products and brands and of course, we’re more than happy to share these new introductions with you. Recently we headed down under for some amazing wine from Central Victoria, Australia, that is new to the US market. Say hello to MWC Wines, which we had the pleasure of enjoying at Aussie-owned restaurant, Banter NYC in Greenwich Village.

MWC Wines, part of the Mcpherson Wine Co., a family owned and operated winery in Victoria, AU, are a collection of soft, savory earthy wine styles with a European influence. The MWC Wines are rustic style, full of interesting and complex characters – made for those who love great, honest wines. Available varietals include 2015 Pinot Gris, 2014 Shiraz Mourvedre, 2014 Pinot Noir, 2015 Pinot Noir, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2015 Shiraz Mourvedre, all of which retail for under $20.00.

As huge fans of white wines, we were extremely happy to indulge in MWC’s only white wine, a complex, textural and slightly savory Pinot Gris with aromatic nuances of pears, lychees, and exotic spice, with hints of spicy pear and red apple that appear on the palate. Although we were more than happy to drink the delicious Pinot Grigio all day, we decided to be more open and try some of the reds – the MWC Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and Pinot Noir 2015 to be exact (we didn’t try the Shiraz).

The MWC Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is a perfectly balanced, medium bodied wine that displays notes of rich black fruits and berries complemented with elegant oak and a nuance of chocolate. It features a firm, smooth tannin structure, and finishes with an enduring length of ripe fruit and cedary oak. We usually find Cabs too oaky and woodsy but we found the MWC Cab delightfully balanced with the ideal level of sweetness thanks to the blackcurrant. It is neither too sweet or too dry and oaky; this is a red we’d definitely revisit.

Lastly, the MWC Pinot Noir 2015, our favorite of the two reds we tried. This heavenly red boasts an aroma of intense plum, cherry and strawberry fruit with a hint of spicy oak, a finish of vibrant plum and dark stone fruits with some firm acid, beautiful tannins, and integrated oak. A pleasantly smooth red from start to finish.  We loved it so much, we may have had multiple glasses throughout the evening. And now thanks to Hudson Wine Brokers, the US Distributor for MWC Wines, we’ll be able to enjoy all three varietals locally. We look forward to enjoying several more glasses of Australia’s MWC Wines.

 

Cocktail Courier and Patron Tequila’s Cinco de Mayo Party in a Box

Don’t you wish you could sit back, relax and enjoy delicious drinks with friends this Cinco de Mayo without having to maneuver through crowded bars to find the perfect cocktails or even endure ridiculous stress levels trying to play hostess to friends and family? What if all the ingredients you needed to create the perfect Cinco de May cocktails were delivered to right you, perfectly packaged in a box? We’re here to tell you, that wish is available to you thanks to Cocktail Courier and Patron Tequila’s Cinco de Mayo Party in a Box.

So how does one go about being lucky enough to get one of these Cocktail Courier and Patron Tequila’s Cinco de Mayo Party in a Box? On May 5th, all you have to do is tweet #PatronMyCinco to purchase a Patron Tequila Party in a Box (available in select cities) and it will be delivered straight to your doorstep within an hour of purchase from Cocktail Courier. Cocktail Courier is a premier online cocktail delivery service bringing the craft cocktail experience to the comfort of your home or work with its on-demand cocktail kits featuring drinks made by top local, professional bartenders. A few extra lucky select fans in each city will be surprised by a live mariachi band that will show up to complete your Cinco de Mayo party!


The Cocktail Courier and Patron Tequila’s Cinco de Mayo Party in a Box includes all the ingredients you need to make the newly-crowned 2017 Patron Margarita of the Year – the Coralina Margarita, created by Mexico City bartender Riesler Morales. Ingredients for the Coralina Margarita include Patron Reposado tequila, hibiscus, and red wine, a Patron branded shaker, cups, napkins, chips and salsa to complete your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Why pay $12.00 -$15.00 each for watered down drinks, when you can enjoy your own delicious creations in the comfort of your own home for about $7.00 a glass.

This Cinco de Mayo, free yourself from the crowded bars and watered-down drinks and enjoy the Cocktail Courier and Patron Tequila’s Cinco de Mayo Party in a Box to your heart’s content. We know what we’re going to be doing this Cinco de Mayo, what about you?

Coralina Margarita Crowned Patron Tequila’s 2017 Margarita of the Year!

It seems so long ago that we shared the amazing event that was the Patrón Tequila 2017 Margarita of the Year event and competition. Seven bartenders from around the world battled it out with their take on a modern margarita, check out our Exclusive Patron Margaritas for International Margarita Day coverage. After enjoying all of their creations, guests voted for their favorites and left the final decisions to the illustrious judges. Well, the votes have been tallied and a decision has been made. After a long deliberation (the event was two months ago), Patron Tequila finally has their 2017 Margarita of the Year winner. And the winner is……. the Coralina Margarita, created by Mexico City bartender Riesler Morales.

Razorfish – Patron

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
.75 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.75 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Red Wine (Mexican, or other)
+ Sugar-salt rim*
Combine Patrón Reposado, Patrón Citrónge Orange, simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker tin; add ice and shake vigorously. Strain mixture into a chilled cocktail coupe rimmed with sugar-salt rim.* Carefully float red wine on the surface of the cocktail and garnish with a lime wheel.

*Sugar-salt rim:
Pulverize .25 cup dried hibiscus (that’s a flower for those not in the know) in a spice grinder. Add in a .25 cup of sugar and a .25 cup kosher salt, then pulse the mixture until combined.

Riesler wanted to craft a cocktail that had the simplicity and elegance of a classic Margarita, but with the interesting and unexpected ingredients that marry so nicely with Patrón tequila (check out the man in action in the photo above). The Coralina Margarita was inspired by an ocean sunset (that’s easy to see with its dual colors that mirror the sky at sundown), combining the oaky notes of Patrón Reposado, perfectly balanced with the citrusy flavors of Patrón Citrónge Orange, together with red wine and hibiscus.

Cocktail lovers, you’ll definitely want to try this winning cocktail. You should definitely check out the recipe above. This margarita was a favorite, definitely in our top five. We want to know, is this the winner you predicted? Share your thoughts on the Patrón Tequila 2017 Margarita of the Year winner with us.

Sip Pink: Enjoy VieVité Rosé French Wine this Spring

There’s much to look forward to in the spring season – warmer weather, blooming flowers, and drinking rosé wine. While we’ll always enjoy the first two, it’s the third that really has us excited for it is officially the season of enjoying rosé wines. The rosé we’re really excited for and ready to enjoy is the delicate and smooth VieVité Rosé french wine – VieVité (white label), and the limited cask VieVité Extraordinaire (black label).

Since it’s resurgence in 2012, rosé wines (the classic ones, not to be confused with the sweet, blush-colored White Zinfandel that was popular in the 80’s) have become THE wine to celebrate the spring and summer seasons. A perfect example of a classic rose is VieVité Rosé french wine. VieVité Rosé (pronounced Vee-Veetay) is created at Domaine Sainte Marie, a renowned vineyard in the acclaimed Côtes de Provence region in France, dating back to the 18th century and known for its true expressions of Provencal Rosé wine.

VieVité Rosé is produced from grapevines averaging 25 years old and offers a fresh and delicate aroma of tropical fruit (peach, grape, and apricot), cherries, and strawberries coupled with subtle notes of spice to create a satisfying sensation on the palate, which boasts a well-structured fruit and balanced acidity that creates a crisp and delicate finish. VieVité Rosé’s grape varietals are 30% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan.

The VieVité Extraordinaire wine is sourced from 80-year Grenache grapevines with grapes that are hand selected and produced in smaller quantities, capturing the attention of true rosé connoisseurs for its opulent fruit flavors and exuberant panache. This deliciously vibrant Rosé delights with its intense and well-balanced fruit flavors, dominant with strawberries and berries, spices and herbal notes, and structured with an intensity that highlights the old vines it is made from. VieVité Extraordinaire’s grape varietals are 85% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, and 5% Rolle. This perfected rosé wine lingers on the palate for a long, satin finish.

Both VieVité and VieVité Extraordinaire are available across the United States in fine restaurants and bars, luxury resorts and hotels, as well as wine boutiques. Are you ready to have an essential experience with VieVité Rosé french wine?

Gran Patron Platinum Tequila Margarita: The First Ever Platinum Margarita

Ever wonder what a $100 margarita tastes like? To officially welcome the spring season, we present a one-of-a-kind margarita created by bartender Rael Petit at the NYC cocktail bar, Delilah, and made with the limited edition Gran Patron Platinum Tequila Margarita. We know Platinum is one of the rarest and purest precious metals in the world, and the limited edition Gran Patrón Platinum Tequila, a crystal clear, triple distilled and oak rested tequila which boasts a smooth and full-bodied flavor, is the perfect main ingredient for the first-ever Liquid Platinum Margarita.

Liquid Platinum Margarita
2 oz Platinum Patrón Tequila
1 oz Dolin
2 dash rose water
.25 oz agave syrup
.5 oz lime juice
Stir all ingredients with ice for 30 seconds then pour in a mixing glass. In a mixing glass add:
1 bar spoon edible platinum color
1 pinch xanthum gum
Stir for 10 seconds, then pour in your coupe glass. Garnish with an edible orchid using edible silver sprayer marshmallow flavored.

Each Liquid Platinum Margarita includes Gran Patron Platinum Tequila ($200 per bottle, made from the finest 100% Weber Blue Agave), edible silver flakes, rare rose water and topped off with an edible silver orchid. The liquid even swirls around by itself – it’s magic in a glass!

What makes this spring season extra special is for a limited time, (March 20th – April 30th), the Gran Patron Platinum Tequila Margarita will be offered off the menu for $100 per glass, at Delilah, for those in the know. For those of you who want to add your own bottle of limited edition Gran Patron Platinum Tequila to your home bar, head to www.patrontequila.com to find the closest location near you. Each bottle is hand-numbered, made from crystal and comes housed in an elegant case.

What do you think of the Gran Patron Platinum Tequila Margarita? Are you ready to sip on this precious metal? If you’re up to indulging in this out of this world concoction, head over to Delilah cocktail bar before April 3oth.