DELICIOUS DEBUTS
East & West Debuts in Times Square West Tonight
LIQUID COURAGE
Celebrate National Margarita Day!

-1.5 oz. Thai Peppers and Bay Leaves infused Blanco Tequila (Don Julio)

-Bacon Salt and 1 Bay leaf for garnish

Procedure

Mango Basil Margarita (Andrea Correale)

Mango Basil Margarita Ingredients

Procedure for Margarita

1. Add 1 1/2 oz. of the mango puree, the tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice and torn basil leaves to cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice; cover and shake vigorously.

CULTURE CLUB
Urban Girl Squad Brings You An Absinthe Mixology Lesson
LIQUID COURAGE
National Punch Day is Here!

We picked out some of the best new punches and found you the recipes. That way, you can try them at home or at the bar. Here are our top five from the emerging punch revolution.

1. Fishhouse Punch Royale

You may not be able to get this at the bar if you're a New Yorker (unless you find yourself suddenly in Seattle), but this recipe highlights the long tradition of punch as interpreted through a modern lens. The original version of this colonial-era recipe was said to be a favorite of George Washington. Try this tweaked concoction, re-vamped by mixologist Jamie Boudreau, of Canon in Seattle.

Ingredients
DAILY BITES
A Cosmopolitan UWS Retreat

For those of you New Yorkers who are all about the downtown nightlife scene, it might be time to rethink your location. The Upper West Side welcomed the French bistro and lounge, Cafe Tallulah, in January and it is one spot you need to check out. The main floor is comprised of a fine dining area and the UWS's longest bar made of zinc, which plays homage to old Penn Station. Additionally, during the summer the windowed walls open up to create outside sidewalk seating.

After sufficiently stuffing your belly, head to the sophisticated lounge downstairs, which is open Thursday through Saturday from 8pm-2am. Award winning mixologist, Dushan Zaric, of Employees Only and Macao Trading Company, created the the innovative cocktail menu, while Tom Gannon serves as the wine director for the venue. Between the pair, you can sip on the drink of your dreams whether you're at the bar upstairs, pairing libations with your dinner, or downstairs in the lounge. The lounge can be best described as cosmopolitan, with vintage seating, exposed brick, and even a pool table.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
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.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Manhattan Mixology Masters Whip Up Cocktails at Kolo Klub

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken, NJ is stepping it up a notch with their 4000 sq. ft. second floor loft space, Kolo Klub. Barmen Michael Neff and Kenneth McCoy will be consulting on the opening cocktail program for the new space, introducing Hoboken to a new level of mixology. On Friday and Saturday nights until 2am, Kolo Klub will be boasting the ultimate cocktail experience where guests can try artisanal libations and nibble on small bites.

LIQUID COURAGE
Never Repeat A Cocktail

Yes, it is true that mixology culture has gained a solid footing in South Florida, but for the adventurous tippler it can appear as if the amount of local bars serving new and creative cocktails is still not enough for a palate that constantly craves invention. We all love our tried-and-true classic cocktails, especially when they're impeccably made using the finist spirits, but there comes a time in every cocktail enthusiast's drinking career when even a unique cocktail from a bar's signature beverage menu becomes a little tiring. Steak 954, located in the über chic W Fort Lauderdale, is planning to put an end to the drinking doldrums this summer with its Never-Repeat Cocktail Program. Starting today and up until Thursday, cocktail connoisseurs can enjoy a different, creative, sometimes bordering on weird, but never boring cocktail every single day from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Steak 954's resident mixologists will give you a break during the weekend before their crusade to bring Fort Lauderdale never-before-sipped cocktails starts anew the following Monday through Thursday, repeating every week for the length of the summer.

Located within the W Fort Lauderdale

401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL

NIGHT STALKER
50 Shades of Seduction at SideBar

Rihanna sings about how whips and chains excite her, Ana Steele finds herself excitingly intrigued by her darker desires, and well Christian Grey, we know all about his secret erotic fantasies. S&M hasn’t always shown its gag-ball filled mouth to mainstream society through pop culture but with the success of E. L. James’ “mommy porn” trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, the taboo subject has left sex shops and entered our headphones, libraries, and our bedrooms.

If you’ve been left wondering what the big fuss about Mr. Grey’s sexual habits are after reading the trilogy or are just plain curious as to what S&M is outside a paperback novel, look no further than Union Square. On Monday June 16th at their 50 Shades of Seduction event. This 21+ event will give you your own personal glimpse into the real life bedroom of Mr. Grey through an instructional 45-minute S&M class taught by “sexpert” Mistress Gia while you sip a complimentary cocktail inspired by the addictive trilogy, the Grey-tini.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Cocktail Dinner at Meat Market with Mixologist John Lermayer

Monday, June 25th, enjoy a Culinary & Cocktail dinner at Lincoln Road's renowned steak house, Meat Market. Already known for its superb wine selection curated by Sommelier Nicole Candusso, Meat Market will now be showcasing the cocktails of master mixologist John Lermayer and demonstrating how a well-mixed cocktail can pair beautifully with elegant haute cuisine preparations by Chef Sean Brasel. Lermayer has been at the helm of Miami's cocktail revolution and has, since then, created beverage programs at eateries and bars throughout the country. Dinner is served promptly at 7:30 PM and is $65 per person. Make reservations soon, as this is one culinary deal that I'm sure most of South Florida's foodies are already jumping on. Below is a sample menu for that evening, which is sure to get both gastronomes and cocktail aficionados' mouths watering: