If you've spoken to me in the past, uh, month, you've probably heard me complain about (among many, many other things) the lack of seasonal sense you get living in Manhattan. Though I wouldn't trade my home sweet home for anything (well, excepts Nashville...), you really can't appreciate the gorgeous fall foliage and shift in the seasons here in NYC. You can however, sip it. And sip I did when mixing up these killer cocktails from Jay Zimmerman of the Sekend Sun. You'll be in safe hands at a bar helmed by Mr.Zimmerman, industry vet, come early November when this gem of a cocktail bar opens up, and best of all, you'll have another reason to beat yourself up for not heading to Astoria more often.
Black Baby Grand by Jay Zimmerman of Sekend Sun1 1/2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey3/4 oz China China Amer2 drops orange flower water2 dash barrel aged angostura bittersSugar cubeIn a rocks glass muddle sugar cube, bitters and orange flower water.Add Whiskey, Amer and ice cubes.Stir 20-30 times.Garnish with grapefruit twist.Remember Dead River by Jay Zimmerman of Sekend Sun2 oz Old Overholt rye whiskey3/4 oz Cocchi Di Torino sweet vermouth1/4 oz Lapsang Souchong Cherry HeeringDash absinthe2 dash Angostura bittersAdd all ingredients to mixing glass with ice and stir 20-30 times.Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with lemon twist.