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Molecular Cocktails Class

6 May

Having enjoyed ourselves so much last night at Sanctuary T we were pleased when our teacher, Ben Pare, told us he could run a Molecular Cocktails class… so 24 hours later we’re back and ready to learn.

 

The evening began with a delicious Chai latte and crostino with homemade burrata.

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Then we moved onto the serious business of cocktail making. The theme of the evening was beginning with a basic cocktail and then playing with the formula and techniques to alter it.

The drink we began with was a variation of an Il Sorpasso and contained:

  • 2oz Aperol
  • 1oz Bourbon
  • 1oz Honey syrup
  • Prosecco
  • Rosemary sprig

Over the course of the evening we lenghtened the drink, turned it into a dessert by setting it with agar agar and then turned it back into a drink again with the addition of a pressurized egg-white and alcohol foam and bitters.

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Tea Cocktails

5 May

We’re still in New York and I thought I’d look into any cocktail events and found out about Mixology: Learn to make tea infused cocktails at Sanctuary T so we headed there this evening.

Over the course of the evening Ben Pare taught us 4 different cocktails (a mix of gin, whiskey and tequila based) using different teas and tea powders and at the end we made our own concoction inspired by what we’d learnt.

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Death & Co

1 May

Death & Co is a bar we’ve been trying to get to visit for years. Even though we have stayed right by it in New York many times it always seems our attempts to visit combine with them having unannounced closures for private parties etc and we have to wait another year to try again. They don’t take reservations and all my attempts to ring and make sure they’re open result in nothing so I decided if we didn’t make it in this year I’d give up trying. Fortunately I’m more patient than that and although once again it was closed when we tried we gave it a second (or maybe 8th) chance and fortunately our attempt this time worked and we finally got to visit the bar everyone raves about.

After perusing the menu I chose a Heart Throb (Flor De Caña 4 Year Rum, Fresh Lime Juice, Combier Pamplemousse Rosé, Cinnamon Syrup) and it was good.

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Heart Throb

But sadly after waiting so long the bar didn’t do anything to capture us. Maybe we came on a bad night but it was dead and the atmosphere a real turn off. The two other customers and the staff didn’t seem like they wanted to be there and soon enough we felt the same and left.

Our drinks were good and maybe we or the bar were having a bad night so I’ll be sure to try again on my next visit- assuming I can catch them open.

Return To Amor Y Amargo

29 Apr

I first visited Amor Y Amargo nearly 4 years ago and the experience as so bad I had no intention of ever going back. A very drunk and sloppy bar maid meant the drinks were poor and the service poorer. But now some time has passed we figured we’d give it another go.

This time we tried a gin & tonic and a Di Pompelmo. The drinks were a lot better- great in fact- but the bar seems to suffer from its own success as it was packed yet uninviting. It seemed its reputation and hipster-vibe was enough to fill it and no-one seemed interested in making us welcome (we had to search and ask multiple times for menus) and after just one drink (we planned on more but gave up after many attempts to order another) we headed off to find somewhere where the drinks may not be as good but at least we were wanted.

It was such a shame as a bar specialising in bitter drinks and amaro is just the type of place I’d love to visit more whilst exploring their menu and bottles but I guess two bad visits is enough to convince me not to try again.

 

Saxon + Parole

28 Apr

Since first discovering  Saxon + Parole  nearly 4 years ago we just can’t seem to stay away from here.

Tonight we vere on our way back when we popped in for a drink and a snack and bam- some of the best food and drink we’ve ever had.

Give me a place that makes a celery gimlet and specially flavoured butter to match the bread, then serves it alongside specially chosen salt, and that’s a place that has my heart.

Killer bread, butter and salt plus a celery gimlet

Killer bread, butter and salt plus a celery gimlet

 

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