Dispatches From The 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic
Scott Rosenbaum, our Spirits Strategist, attended The 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic, which he writes about here. Thanks Scott!
This May, New York played host to the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, a multiday event that celebrates all forms of mixed drinks and spirited libations. While the kick-off gala relied heavily on theatrics (let’s just say that many parties at the New York Public Library don’t have stilt walkers), the next four days maintained a fantastic balance between the educational and the celebratory.
T. Edward’s was proud to see two of its new spirits producers–The Noble Experiment NYC and Industry City Distillery–actively involved throughout the event. Both mixed up cocktails at the Friday evening gala; The Noble Experiment NYC shook up some Old Man Cubas with its Owney’s Original Small Batch Rum, while ICD wowed with its Industry Brooklyn, a drink that Men’s Journal called one of the weekend’s best.
Stephanie Schneider of Huckleberry Bar (pictured right)
On Saturday, Bridget Firtle of The Noble Experiment NYC and Peter Simon of Industry City Distillery led cocktail enthusiasts through the process of crafting great cocktails with local spirits at an event held in Williamsburg at Huckleberry Bar. Bar co-owner Stephanie Schneider guided participants in making Jack Sparrows, a delicious and refreshing combination of Owney’s Original Small Batch Rum, Green Chartreuse, Lime Juice and Cucumber Syrup. For those who missed out, here’s the full recipe:
1.5 oz. Owney’s Original Small Batch Rum
.75 oz. Green Chartruese
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Cucumber Syrup (a simple recipe can be found here )
Dash of Absinthe
Lime Slice, for Garnish
Shake all the ingredients except for garnish over ice. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with lime slice.
Peter Simon of Industry City Distillery (left) with Bridget Firtle of The Noble Experiment NYC (center)
Monday was dubbed Brooklyn Day and celebrated the burgeoning craft distillery movement in that borough. The festivities rounded out with the Independent Spirits Expo on Tuesday. Both Bridget and Peter were on hand to pour, taste and talk about what makes their spirits uncannily unique. The whirl-a-gig revelry was much enjoyed by all. Next year the Manhattan Cocktail Classic celebrates it five year anniversary. We look forward to seeing what surprises they have in store.