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MCC Kicks Off Tonight

Year 2 has dawned upon us and the action gets underway tonight in the Big Apple. I’m referring to the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, a five-day festival through the vast concrete jungle of New York City that includes a variety of educational seminars, tasting events and not-to-be-missed parties.

Tonight’s main attraction is The Gala, where the Classic will once again take over the sprawling main branch of The New York Public Library.  Encompassing four stories, two city blocks and over 25,000 cocktails, the Gala will once again be the starlet of the Cocktail Classic.

I’d love to hear what other events people will be attending so please share with me some of the highlights on your own calendars! I’ll most certainly be at the Gala tonight (and intermittently around the city for the rest of the festival) so tweet me up @stephaniejerzy if you’d like to say hello and share a drink.

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Highlights from the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala

Dan Warner hides in the dimly-lit, yet festive, Beefeater Summer Gin bar at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala.

The multi-day festival that was the 1st annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic has come and passed and I was lucky enough to participate in a sampling of the events and educational seminars that the Big Apple’s biggest cocktail party had to offer. Pernod Ricard USA invited me along for the opening gala on May 14th, for the introduction of Beefeater Summer Edition, a lighter style gin specially designed to reflect the more relaxed style of summer drinking. The bar also featured Beefeater 24 which was introduced to the market last year and has successfully launched throughout the country.

At the Beefeater bar resembling a summer garden, I had the opportunity to finally meet Dan Warner, Global Ambassador for Beefeater. We had a chance to chat across the bar about the unique flavor profile in the Summer Edition gin, which features the addition of elderflower, black currant and hibiscus botanicals. Along with Warner, Kenta Goto of Pegu Club NYC and TJ Lynch of The Breslin served punch and stirred martinis to order for the 2,500 guests in attendance. Want the recipes? You got ‘em:

Demsond Payne, Master Distiller of Beefeater Gin with a Summer Gin Punch at the MCC Gala. Photo Courtesy Pernod Ricard USA.

Summer Gin Punch

5 parts Beefeater Summer Gin
1 part St Germain
1 part Maraschino
5 parts Chilled Green Tea
1 part Lime Juice
5 parts Prosecco
Method: Add ingredients to Punch Bowl with Ice Block
Glass: Punch Bowl
Garnish: Pineapple sticks, strawberries, lemon wheel, pink grapefruit wheels, mint sprigs

How perfect does this sound for your Memorial Day festivities coming up?!

24 Martini
5 parts Beefeater 24
1 part Lillet Blanc
2 dash orange bitters
Method: Stir all ingredients until ice cold and strain into glass.
Glass: Coupe
Garnish: Grapefruit twist

Steve Raye, and I at the Gala.

Beefeater’s summer gin was certainly a hot topic throughout the gala event. But what other ground did I span over the four stories of the New York Public Library? I got to connect face-to-face with some of my awesome online cocktail friends, play “Where’s Waldo?” with others, and sample a slew of beverages (oh, and I did I mention that there were Oompa-Loompas roaming near the front entrance?!). Not a bad gig, right? Many thanks again to Pernod Ricard for letting me join in the festivities.

Cheers!
-SJ

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The Manhattan Cocktail Classic May 14-18

The New York Public Library in daylight. Can you imagine this place, covering four stories and spanning two city blocks, filled with cocktailians alike!

It’s finally here! After it’s smashing fall preview event, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is back to the city that never sleeps for a multi-day event “celebrating the history, contemporary culture, and artful craft of the cocktail.”

According to the Web site, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is:

Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic brings together the unparalleled talents and opportunities of the bars, bartenders, and restaurants of our great city for five days of activities, both educational and celebratory in nature, championing the common ideals of authenticity, equality, sustainability, service, and pleasure.  (There will be some drinking involved, too.)

The event kicks off this evening with the sold-out gala, where cocktail enthusiasts and professionals will be in the hands of the finest mixologists stirring up what I can only assume to be an exorbitant (but what else would you expect?!) number of crafty cocktails at the New York Public Library.

The rest of the weekend is jam packed with seminars, tours from Behind the Bar at some of New York’s most renowned cocktail bars, and a three-hour booze cruise. Need I tempt you more?

These events are sure to sell out, so get your tickets soon.

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