Last Friday my husband and I headed the 10th annual Good Spirits event hosted by Edible Manhattan. It was a chill evening with lots of atmosphere and the bartenders, reps and chefs were all very engaging and open. It was a wonderful evening to discover new restaurants, but what we were all there for was, of course, the liquor. There was plenty of it and I am amazed that I did not end up going home plastered!
The event took place at The Bowery Hotel. I love this location: it is a beautiful hotel with tons of atmosphere and you even have the option to go outside if you need fresh air.
Though there was not as many food options as in previous years, this was probably one of the best years when it comes to the quality of the food. R17 served amazing Wagyu Beef Tartar on a homepage potato chip. The flavor was so good and the quality was superb.
Maison Pickle served up glazed pork belly fat to accompany their pickled vegetables, a combination that brings me back home to Denmark. Pickles can easily get too sour or too sweet, but these were slightly on the sour scale and cut perfectly through the fatty flavor of the pork.
Now to the main attraction: the liquor! My favorite by far was the Paper Plane drink that was served with Noble Oak, a double oak bourbon. The bourbon was smooth and flavorful, but not too empowering which made it a perfect bourbon to make a delicious drink. Retails for $30 and up.
My second favorite liquor was Nolet’s Silver Gin. I started with a small nimble of the gin neat. The flavor was not your typical strong pine needle flavor as we are accustomed to with gin, it was sweet and could do very well on its own. I tried it with their lemonade and peach combination. Kudos to the mixologist that came up with that concoction. It is the perfect summer drink for a humid and hot New York. Retails for $40 and up.
My third favorite was the Zacapa Rum. The flavor was beautiful with a fruity and sweet undertone and the classic oak flavor. One variation of the rum was served neat and did not need any accompanying mixed drinks.
My last shout out is to Greyston Bakery. Not only were their packaged treats delicious, but I loved what they stand for and what they do with their Open Hiring process where they are open to hiring anyone wherever life might have taken their future employees. They don’t ask for resumes, background checks and perform interviews. Instead the trust the process and service the communities their employees live in. Check them out! Donate to a cause that is changing families and neighborhood!