New York has always been a drinkers’ town, with enough good bars to keep even the thirstiest patron busy. But next month, the city is home to the third annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic, which offers tastings, seminars and parties around the five boroughs. Here are five events you should check out.
Why Rye? (Saturday, May 12):
Meet Belvedere Vodka‘s head of spirit creation and mixology Claire Smith and Liquor.com advisory board member Allen Katz at his distillery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a discussion about the spicy world of rye-based spirits.
Join some of the country’s top female bartenders, including Kirsten Amann, Meaghan Dorman, Misty Kalkofen, Lynnette Marrero and Audrey Saunders, for a seminar about the history of women in the alcohol industry. They’ll pair tasty cocktails with great stories.
Find out what it takes to put together an excellent drinks list that still appeals to a wide range of guests. You’ll hear from Damon Dyer, bar manager at The Rum House, and Michael Neff, co-owner of Ward III and The Rum House, on the subject while you try a few of their creations.
Spend the afternoon with talented mixologist Tad Carducci and singer G. Love for blues and soul music, delicious libations and gourmet versions of traditional bar snacks, like pretzels and pickled eggs. It all happens in The Tippler beneath Chelsea Market.
It’s no secret that tropical drinks are back. Celebrate the legacies of Don The Beachcomber and Trader Vic with quaffable tiki concoctions from the crew at PKNY. Just don’t forget your Hawaiian shirt.