The Manhattan and Knickerbocker cocktails were flowing last night at the first U.S. Bartender’s Guild New York Chapter meeting held at Devin Tavern. It’s been a long time in the making, but it finally happened. We gathered 30 or so bar and cocktail luminaries for some drinks and hors d’ouerves. I’m going to be serious now for a moment (it’s tough) and say that this was a very special event. I think I can speak for everyone in saying that we all felt very honored and excited that we were getting this chapter going again. Whenever you’re surrounded by the entire DeGroff clan, you know you’re involved with something truly spectacular.
If you’d like any more info on the USBG New York chapter, feel free to email me here.
Thank you so much to Michael Waterhouse at Devin Tavern, and to K., the great barman who served us. Here’s K’s recipe for a Knickerbocker cocktail. It’s tasty…and strong…
K’s Knickerbocker Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Bluecoat Gin
3/4 oz. Dry Vermouth
1 tsp. Sweet Vermouth
Directions: Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish: Lemon peel
The Glen Lounge, where we had our little shindig, at Devin Tavern.