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Monday, July 1, 2013

Vintage cocktails are everywhere now and with the revival of the 1950’s & 1960’s culture mixologists and patrons are enjoying and embracing the pleasures of a well made cocktail. For me, there is no better book on the subject than Assouline’s Vintage Cocktails by Brian Van Flandern. Whatever your palate desires, Mr Van Flandern, head mixologist at the Bamelmans bar at the Carlyle explores the lost art of mixing the perfect drink with simplicity and sophistication.  This is a delightful, 138-page book filled with step-by-step instructions and pictures of these intriguing libations. It is a must-have for your home library. 

New York City is full of talented mixologists and bar-keepers that ensure that each cocktail is hand-crafted with only the best local and rare ingredients.  From bitters to rare herbs and spices there is no ingredient too small to add flavor and enhance the quality of each concoction. Movies and Television series have also played a significant role in globalizing the new found popularity of the pleasures of a vintage cocktail. Just watch an episode of Mad Men and you will immediately feel the urge to hold a Gimlet or a Dry Martini in your hand.

As my taste for certain things have changed, I find myself visiting places that are familiar. When it comes to enjoying a nice cocktail in the company of friends my two go-to places are the Grand Bar at the SohoGrand Hotel and Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel. I typically enjoy visiting these bars in the mid-afternoon on days off. The atmosphere is more relax and I feel that I can enjoy a good conversation with a friend while sipping one of their vintage concoctions. From a Moscow Mule to a Dirty Martini, I highly recommend their cocktail menus and service! So the next time you find yourself with some spare time wandering the streets of Soho or the UES, try walking into one of these two bars and ask for a vintage cocktail.

-Oscar Garcia

Dirty Martini Recipe:                                    

3oz of Gin Rinse of Dry French Vermouth (Dolin Dry) 2 Dashes of olive Brine

Rinse the glass out with vermouth and then stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish traditionally with a set of three Spanish cocktail Olives.


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