Raise Your Glass: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is Back!

Part festival, part fête, part conference, and part 5-day cocktail party the 4th Annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic is a “celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture.” Tickets for one of the most sought out events in the city go on sale this afternoon at noon. The multi-day celebration of cocktails and culture is held throughout the city at the most renowned watering holes, across three boroughs. From May 17-21, cocktail and spirit enthusiasts will revel at dozens of events including boozy brunches, spirited soirees, bar crawls, bus tours, punch parties, and a three-day trade conference for industry professionals.

Pass the Courvoisier

Courvoisiology (n.) [kor-voss-ee-ah-luh-gee]

1. An unexpected blend of cognac and creativity.

2. The art of mixing cognac in untraditional ways, serving it at unexpected occasions, and introducing it to a creative lifestyle.

Courvoisiology is a new philosophy that pushes the boundaries of how cognac should be experienced, brought to you, of course, by Courvoisier. For the New York City launch, guests gathered at Millesime to experience a night of cognac with cocktails created exclusively for the event by renowned mixologists Moses Laboy and Duane Fernandez, Jr. Unlike other standard tasting events, this one showcased different flavors of Courvoisier cognac, along with smoking test tubes, bubbling beakers, and an array of spices and ingredients that can be used in an Courvoisier cocktail. While guests nibbled on passed hors d'oeuvres they sampled the creative cocktails being concocted right in front of them by the mixologists. During the event it became apparent that whether you choose to sip on Courvoisier Rose, Gold, or C by Courvoisier, you can really pair these diverse cognacs with bold and unexpected flavors and walk away with a great cocktail. If you need some convincing, feel free to whip up one of the cocktails from the event!

Wrap Up Summer with Herbaceous Cocktails

Inspired by the Lower East Side’s rich architectural past and present, The Orchard House is a festive, open space that showcases the vibrancy of the neighborhood spirit. Owners Teddy Kambouris and Kevin Jackasal have created a small plates menu meant for sharing with menu items that are new takes on contemporary American comfort food classics. The Orchard House has a long-inviting bar that is the focal point of the space.

Known for their the array of specialty cocktails, The Orchard House Herbaceous cocktail series is ideal for the last leg of summer. These cocktails incorporate fresh herbs to enhance the flavors of the mixers and alcohol just as herbs are added to foods. The Herbaceous cocktails also include bitters and other fresh, pure ingredients.

Pisco Packs a Punch

Pisco, a Peruvian grape-based liquor similar to brandy, can be summed up simply as “a tale of sublime culture, flavor and mystery concocted into one mighty fine beverage.” Pisco has had a longstanding history in South America and is among one of the world’s oldest distilled liquors. But not many have tried this versatile, clear liquor or have even heard of it. Thankfully for mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts, pisco is currently having its second coming in North America and can be found on cocktail menus around the country once again.