New York City Bartenders Share Their Favorite Cocktails to Enjoy at Home

New York City Bartenders Share Their Favorite Cocktails to Enjoy at Home

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I n honor of our auction, Prohibition in America | 100 Years, we invited four of our favorite NYC-based bartenders to mix us up their favorite cocktails, and have a chat over the bar. Below, watch them as they work their magic – then learn the recipe to replicate the drink yourself.

The Classic Old Fashioned

With Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo, East Village

Bartender: Sother Teague, Beverage Director and Author of I’m Just Here for the Drinks: A Guide to Spirits, Drinking and More Than 100 Extraordinary Cocktails (Media Lab Books) and co-host of The Speakeasy on Heritage Radio.
Drinking establishment: Amor y Amargo, East Village, New York City
Beverage of choice while in quarantine: The Classic Old Fashioned
Favorite piece from Prohibition in America auction: Lot 25, A German Chrome-Plated Art Deco Travel Cocktail Set
Favorite charity or fundraiser to support right now: Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers.

The Classic Old Fashioned
1 bar spoon heavy syrup (2 sugar: 1 water)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz rye whiskey
Twist of lemon
Large lump of ice

Add syrup, bitters, whiskey and ice to a double rocks glass. Gently stir to combine. Express the oil from a lemon twist over the drink and place in the glass. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Passionfruit Margherita

With CT Hedden of Indochine, NoHo

Bartender: CT Hedden, Bartender and entertainer
Drinking establishment: Indochine, NoHo, New York City
Beverage of choice while in quarantine: Pomegranate Passionfruit Margherita
Favorite piece from Prohibition in America auction: Lot 1, An American Art Deco Ruby Red Glass Cocktail Shaker
Favorite charity or fundraiser to support right now: The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people.

Pomegranate Passionfruit Margherita
2oz tequila
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz pomegranate juice, preferably organic
1 oz passionfruit puree, preferably organic

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and voilà.

The Mint Julep

With Fanny Chu of Donna Cocktail Club, Williamsburg

Bartender: Fanny Chu, Head Bartender
Drinking establishment: Donna Cocktail Club, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Beverage of choice while in quarantine: The Mint Julep
Favorite piece from Prohibition in America auction: Lot 37, A Set of Six American Glass Novelty Thermometer Cocktail Stirrers
Favorite charity or fundraiser to support right now: The NYSYLC, an organization that aims to empower and support undocumented immigrant youths.

The Mint Julep
2 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
.25 oz demerara syrup
5-8 leaves of mint
Powdered sugar (optional)

Add 5-8 leaves of mint to your julep cup or whatever glassware you have on hand. Add demerara syrup and bourbon. Muddle enough to bruise the mint so the essential oils release and incorporate with bourbon and sugars. Add crushed ice halfway and give it a little stir. Top with more ice until you can build a mound over the rim of the cup by cupping your hand over the ice. Garnish with a lavish bouquet of mint and if you have powdered sugar, make it snow!

A Simple Sour for Sheltering in Place

With Ivy Mix of Leyenda, Cobble Hill

Photographer: Shannon Sturgis

Bartender: Ivy Mix, Co-owner, Head Bartender and Author of Spirits of Latin America (Ten Speed Press)
Drinking establishment: Leyenda, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Beverage of choice while in quarantine: A Simple Sour
Favorite piece from Prohibition in America auction: Lot 17, A Victorian Silver-Mounted Claret Jug and Goblet
Favorite charity or fundraiser to support right now: The James Beard Open for Good campaign, which supports the recovery and rebuilding of the independent restaurant industry.

A Simple Sour for Sheltering in Place
2 oz 100% agave blanco tequila, or you can substitute any spirit
3/4 oz lime or other citrus
3/4 oz maple syrup, or an alternate sweetener like agave syrup

Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake, strain into a glass and enjoy.

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