I've got all kinds of info to pass along that doesn't fit into my weekly Serious Eats NY cocktail columns, so here you go:
You think it's easy to be a mixologist (Bill, I'm looking at you)? If so, it's time for you to give it a shot. Louis 649 is holding a Consumer Cocktail Competition, inviting patrons to step around to the other side of the bar.
The winning cocktail of Louis 649's first "Anyone Can Be A Mixologist" Consumer Cocktail Competition will be highlighted on their upcoming Spring Menu and credited to the winner. The winner will also receive a much coveted Plymouth Gin Bartending Kit, a 1-Year Subscription to Imbibe Magazine and a $100 Gift Card to your friendly neighborhood Louis 649.
Recipe Submission Guidelines
1) Submission DEADLINE is April 18th
2) Send all recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Be creative, but not over the top. Please remember, we have to make this cocktail all Spring.
4) You must use one of the following spirits as your base ingredient:
- Beefeater Gin
- Becherovka Herbal Liqueur
- Chivas Regal 12yr Scotch
- Jameson Irish Whiskey
- Luksusowa Vodka
- Martell Cognac
- Pernod Absinthe
- Plymouth Gin
- Ramazzotti Amaro
- Ricard Pastis
5) All other ingredients are up to you, but refer back to Rule #3
On April 21st, ten semi-finalists will be invited to Louis 649 to prepare your cocktails in front of a panel of bartenders who will then decide the winning cocktail based on criteria the recipe’s creativity, ease of preparation, flavor and balance.
On April 25th, The Dizzy Fizz and Nosalikes today announced a partnership with Tales of the Cocktail to host a benefit at The Delancey, 168 Delancey St., for relief efforts in Haiti and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.
The Sazerac, the official cocktail of New Orleans, will be the featured cocktail, along with Oloffson’s Punch, invented at the Grand Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince and made with the famous Rhum Barbancourt of Haiti.
The suggested donation will be $5 per person during an open bar from 7 to 8 p.m., and $10 per person from 8 to 11 p.m. Drink specials will be in effect throughout the night. All proceeds will be split between the SOS Children’s Villages of Haiti and United Saints Recovery Project of New Orleans.
One more late addition: Tickets are now on sale for the Three Hour Cruise (a.k.a. the Three Hour Tour, Around the World in Five Cocktails), part of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic.
First of all, kids, it's on a BOAT, so you're not going to want to miss it. Jason Littrell of Death & Company and Dram and Gianfranco Verga of Louis 649 have put together an amazing event sponsored by Moet Hennessy and The Tippling Point. "You'll drink delicious cocktails made by some of the country's most talented bartenders: Jacqueline Patterson of Heaven's Dog (San Francisco), Thomas Waugh of Death & Co. (New York City), John Lermayer of The Florida Room (Miami), Richard Boccato of Dutch Kills & Pain Killer (New York City), and Danny Valdez of Cure (New Orleans). Pause on this majestic journey and use your passport to enter some of the world's most intriguing ports: sip authentic 10 Cane Rum in tropical Trinidad, Ardbeg Scotch in mythical Islay, Belvedere Vodka on the banks of the Baltic Sea, and indulge in Hennessy Privilege in the sunny South of France and Grand Marnier in lively Paris."
And did I mention it's ON A BOAT? Sunday, May 16th, 5:30pm - 9:00pm, tickets available online.