It can get awfully quiet downtown on Friday night. The commuters leave in a mass exodus around 6 in what seems like a ghost town. Most of the stores close, and many of the little lights that make up the city's iconic skylight go out, but if you make your way east, you can find some pockets of life, some sanctuaries of fun if you will. You don't have to go to the Yacht club, the Hancock, or some other palace in the sky where the city's elite rub elbows at night, no, there is a place where even the common man can have a good night downtown. This downtown night spot of the proletariat is, of course, Plymouth Bar and Grill.
Like many others, you've probably made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier and exercise more. But what about drinking better? Cocktails are loaded with sugar and more calories than you want to know, but we've scoured the streets for the best alternatives to your every day cocktail. Below is a list of healthy cocktails that you don't have to feel guilty about drinking.
Sparkling Lemon Lime Margarita
5,4,3,2,1...Happy New Year!! Okay, so it's not quite New Year's yet, but we sure are getting into the spirit. The perfect way to toast to a brand new year is with an alcohol-soaked, delicious cocktail. We've rounded up the most scrumptious libations, from champagne beverages, to colorful concoctions, and yes, we've even thrown in a jello shot for good measure. Check out the list below and decide how you want to get your groove on in 2013.
French 75 (Courtesy of Spice Market)
1 oz. St. Germain
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. Plymouth Gin
1 ½ oz. Cava Dibon
As the years seem to slip through our fingers, with the world feeling a little crazier at every moment, it seems we have yet to lose our interest in looking back toward the crafty days of yore. Maybe it’s our desire to appear perfect—with our jobs, relationships, homes, culinary abilities, the list goes on and on—just like our mothers and fathers before us. It’s an “I can do it all, all by myself!” attitude that can get us in trouble. Until we find the tricks.
Can you believe it's already December? The holiday season is in full swing and we're here to help you start your holiday shopping with the perfect stocking stuffers! Check 'em out below and beat the holiday craze! It'll be here before you know it!
For the bling-crazy: Nothing says 'look at me' like beautiful jewelry. These suede wrap bracelets ($138) from Alexandra Beth are the perfect addition to any female's collection of stones, complete with actual rocks, shimmering geodes. Looking for something to adorn those dainty fingers? Margaret Elizabeth makes gorgeous rings, like this pear shaped pink amythest for only $88. Make someone really happy by blinging up their stocking this year.
It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!
Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).
We're gearing up for the transition to Fall and it's clear that New Yorker's already have the itch to don their best fall wear, but we're still not ready to let summer slip away just yet. The obvious solution to keep the spirit of summer alive is through these refreshing cocktails that can be found right in New York City or made right from home!
There’s nothing like sipping on a refreshing drink with summer fruit, so make sure to get your final fix of Gastro Bar at 35th’s Strawberry Fig Shrub -- Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka and a touch of Brooklyn gin shaken with fresh strawberry puree and fig balsamic vinegar, served on the rocks with a splash of fizz.
Remember when you were a little kid, coming home from school in the rain, dodging bullies, soggy and tired, and your mom would set you up with a steaming bowl of tomato soup and a...grilled cheese martini? No? Bet it would’ve made those hours of studying fly by.
Your savory sandwich wishes and vermouth dreams can be fulfilled at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, now open in the Flatiron. The Seattle-based cheese making store and restaurant, which opened its first Manhattan location in June, is a “living museum where visitors witness the 5,000 year-old art of making cheese.” And eating cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.
Every year, the American Lung Association brings us the highly successful Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival and this year the 8th Annual Festival this past Saturday the 26th was no exception!
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival's night began in the VIP reception area which was sponsored by MARTINI®. The VIP area entitled patrons first access to enjoy signature cocktails provided by MARTINI® and a full spirit bar courtesy of Bacardi USA. The cocktails were paired with wonderful music and fantastic variety of amuse-bouches. This year for the first time, DEWAR’S® Momento D Lounge joined in on the festivities. The lounge brought an exclusive experience to the event with a red carpet entrance for photo opportunities.
Now here’s a cocktail that will take you from now to New Years. The Freizenet’s Carta Nevada is a sparkling wine that’s not too sweet, not too dry. Whether you make it now or later, you have has a sour fruity taste retains its flavor.
The Blue Velvet 3/4 oz. Blue Curacao 1/2 oz. Fresh Sour 3 1/2 oz. Freixenet Carta Nevada
Simply mix together the ingredients in a 10 oz. chilled Martini glass with no ice. Garnish with orange zest and serve. Goes down as smooth as velvet.