From a nutty, nostalgic sip at The Gorbals to the Irvington's can't-miss namesake cocktail, here's what the Gotham team drank last month….
Our Online Contributor Cindy Augustine suggests the Grandpa Sweater to ward off any early spring chills.
Grandpa Sweater at The Gorbals (98 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn) “Bartender Christine Kang's Grandpa Sweater, served at The Gorbals, is her take on a classic Manhattan. It’s made with bourbon, orange bitters, amaro ciaciaro, and Nux Alpina walnut liqueur—which adds a nutty sweetness—and it's garnished with orange peel and zest. I like it because of the name and the warm memories it evokes; it's likely to be my last great winter cocktail.” –Cindy Augustine, Online Contributor
Di Pompelmo at Amor y Amargo (443 E. Sixth St.) “I'm not a huge drinker, but I am a sucker for an innovative cocktail bar. One of my new favorites is Amor y Amargo in the East Village, which bills itself as a bitters 'tasting room.' My favorite is the refreshing Di Pompelmo, made with tequila, Aperol, Citron Sauvage, and hopped grapefruit bitters.” –Juliet Izon, Entertainment Editor
The Rusty Nail at Carbone (181 Thompson St.). “Carbone is pretty much a classic New York establishment: amazing Italian food, strong drinks, and Jay-Z blasting on the speakers (not joking). Try the Rusty Nail if you’re looking for something with a kick—you won’t regret it.” –Catherine Park, Online Editorial Assistant
Italian wines at A Voce Columbus (10 Columbus Cir.). “At a recent dinner at A Voce Columbus, beverage director Olivier Flosse provided a mini-tour of Italy with these exquisite wines: Prosecco, Pasqua, NV from the Veneto; Falanghina, Sannio, Feudi di San Gregorio, 2013 from Campania; Orvieto Classico, Villa Barbi, Decugnano dei Barbi, 2013 from Umbria; and Zibibbo Passito di Pantelleria, Ben Ryé, Donnafugata, 2012 from Sicily. Sublime!” –Catherine Sabino, Editor in Chief
Online Contributor Rakhee Bhatt suggests the Irvington's signature cocktail.
The Irvington at the Irvington (201 Park Ave. S.). “The combination of fresh muddled raspberries, lime, dark rum, and Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey in this signature cocktail perfectly complemented the delicious farm-to-table fare and made me feel like I was on a tropical island rather than in soggy, rainy New York.” –Rakhee Bhatt, Online Contributor
Ca’Del Bosco Cuvée AnnaMaria Clementi 2005 at Del Posto (85 10th Ave.). “Move over, Prosecco. My summer needs for sparkling wine will now be satisfied by Franciacorta, a variety from Lombardy in northern Italy that’s widely regarded as Italy’s answer to Champagne. The Ca’Del Bosco Cuvée AnnaMaria Clementi 2005, of the Franciacorta Riserva variety, is light and refreshing, and the perfect complement to a heartier Italian meal.” –Erin Riley, Assistant Editor
Loose Lemon With Gin at The Happiest Hour (121 W. 10th St.). “My new favorite after-work drink is a simple mix of lemon syrup, house-made soda, and gin (although you've got the choice of gin, rum, or pisco). This light, refreshing sip is the perfect way to decompress. The Happiest Hour's retro-tropical vibe doesn't hurt either.” –Cait Rohan, Online Executive Editor
Coffee and Cacao at Liquiteria (multiple locations) “Any morning after one too many cocktails, I head straight to Liquiteria for Coffee and Cacao, a blended smoothie that has the voluptuous texture of a milkshake. It also happens to be one of the healthiest drinks on the menu, blending fair-trade coffee with raw cacao and chocolate almond milk. Then, in goes bananas and almond butter alongside chocolate whey protein and just a bit of raw coconut sugar. It’s the perfect morning-after concoction.” –Kathy YL Chan, Online Contributor
Remember Dead River at Sekend Sun (32-11 Broadway, Astoria). “A potent mix of rye, sweet vermouth, and absinthe is balanced with cherry liqueur and bitters—it's the yummiest way to keep warm during these unseasonably chilly evenings.” –Tricia Carr, Online Editor