GET THE PARTY STARTED
Rooftop Night Spot

The lights of Plymouth are like a shinning beacon on the street where everything else has gone dark for the night. You can hear the noise of the hopping rooftop bar from the end of the block, and it draws you towards it like sirens calling to the lonely sailor of a ship.

It's a huge space that’s divided into three levels. When you walk in the first level you see is the diner. There’s not much to say about it. It's a rather casual looking diner, and besides they close that part early anyway, but rest assure the kitchen is still open!

LIQUID COURAGE
Drink Up: New Year's Eve Cocktails

French 75 (Courtesy of Spice Market)
1 oz. St. Germain
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. Plymouth Gin
1 ½ oz. Cava Dibon

Chill St. Germain, Lemon Juice and Plymouth Gin, strain into Champagne Flute, top with Cava Dibon, garnish with lemon twist. Enjoy!

¾ oz. Cognac

½ oz. Cointreau

¼ oz. Maraschino

¼ oz. Lemon juice

4 oz. champagne
Zeppole Sparkler

4 oz. MARTINI Moscato d’Asti
½ oz. of BACARDI Gold Rum
Dash of lemon juice
Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar. In a prepared champagne glass, place all ingredients. Stir once and serve.


Port of Mischief Punch 3 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 oz. port
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 dashes (per serving) anise bitters 2 dashes (per serving) house bitters
Combine chilled ingredients in a punch bowl over one large block of ice. Garnish with lime wheels and freshly grated nutmeg. Serve with a ladle and small glass tea cups.

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Bubbling in the New Year

As the years seem to slip through our fingers, with the world feeling a little crazier at every moment, it seems we have yet to lose our interest in looking back toward the crafty days of yore. Maybe it’s our desire to appear perfect—with our jobs, relationships, homes, culinary abilities, the list goes on and on—just like our mothers and fathers before us. It’s an “I can do it all, all by myself!” attitude that can get us in trouble. Until we find the tricks.

It feels as though 2012, and by extension as we head into the new year 2013, are the years of the artisan cocktail. And what better time to debut your bubbly concoctions than New Year’s Eve? When it comes to winding down this holiday season and this year we've selected the most delicious recipes for your drinking pleasure.

LIFESTYLE
Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Can you believe it's already December? The holiday season is in full swing and we're here to help you start your holiday shopping with the perfect stocking stuffers! Check 'em out below and beat the holiday craze! It'll be here before you know it!

For the bling-crazy: Nothing says 'look at me' like beautiful jewelry. These suede wrap bracelets ($138) from Alexandra Beth are the perfect addition to any female's collection of stones, complete with actual rocks, shimmering geodes. Looking for something to adorn those dainty fingers? Margaret Elizabeth makes gorgeous rings, like this pear shaped pink amythest for only $88. Make someone really happy by blinging up their stocking this year.

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Satisfy Your Bourbon Craving

It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!

Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).

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End The Summer Right with Fresh Cocktails

We're gearing up for the transition to Fall and it's clear that New Yorker's already have the itch to don their best fall wear, but we're still not ready to let summer slip away just yet. The obvious solution to keep the spirit of summer alive is through these refreshing cocktails that can be found right in New York City or made right from home!

There’s nothing like sipping on a refreshing drink with summer fruit, so make sure to get your final fix of Gastro Bar at 35th’s Strawberry Fig Shrub -- Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka and a touch of Brooklyn gin shaken with fresh strawberry puree and fig balsamic vinegar, served on the rocks with a splash of fizz.

RESTAURANT 101
Grilled Cheese Martini

Remember when you were a little kid, coming home from school in the rain, dodging bullies, soggy and tired, and your mom would set you up with a steaming bowl of tomato soup and a...grilled cheese martini? No? Bet it would’ve made those hours of studying fly by.

Your savory sandwich wishes and vermouth dreams can be fulfilled at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, now open in the Flatiron. The Seattle-based cheese making store and restaurant, which opened its first Manhattan location in June, is a “living museum where visitors witness the 5,000 year-old art of making cheese.” And eating cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.

HOW-TO
What’s Easter Without Your Peeps

With Easter arriving in just a few weeks, Joonbug looks forward to the annual return of the Peeps. Without Peeps would Easter even be Easter?

Peeps came alive in 1953. They start as a mixer called “slurry” and then are whipped into their familiar marshmallow texture. Colored sugar is added. The marshmallow is then shaped into the many varieties they now create—from the classic Peep to the snowman for the winter holidays. After they receive their final decorations, they're packed and sent off to our homes via the Easter Bunny.

If you're spending the holidays with your family and need a stronger kick with your Peeps, try this adult-friendly Peep-tini.

DAILY BITES
Fine Wines And Food For Our Lungs!

Every year, the American Lung Association brings us the highly successful Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival and this year the 8th Annual Festival this past Saturday the 26th was no exception!

The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival's night began in the VIP reception area which was sponsored by MARTINI®. The VIP area entitled patrons first access to enjoy signature cocktails provided by MARTINI® and a full spirit bar courtesy of Bacardi USA. The cocktails were paired with wonderful music and fantastic variety of amuse-bouches. This year for the first time, DEWAR’S® Momento D Lounge joined in on the festivities. The lounge brought an exclusive experience to the event with a red carpet entrance for photo opportunities.