Imbibing in Manhattan: A Guide to Popular Drinks by Neighborhood

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Last month we looked at three iconic drinks that best represent each of New York City’s five boroughs. Now it’s time to dive into Manhattan and find out what drinks best exemplify a few select neighborhoods. Grab a glass (have your Lyft app loaded) and let’s explore what each neighborhood has to offer.

Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is the embodiment of haute Manhattan culture. With lavish townhouses and mansions overlooking Central Park, this is the epitome of luxury. Whether its window shopping down Madison Avenue or spending a day strolling museum mile, the USE has something for native New Yorkers and visitors from around the world!

Classic Dry Martini:  Whether you like it shaken or stirred, a Classic Dry Martini is the perfect embodiment of the lavish lifestyle of the Upper East Side. From movies to literature, this cocktail has become synonymous with swanky dinner parties and elegant bars. If you’ve never ordered a martini at a bar before, we recommend you try a gin martini and just tell the bartender you want a dry martini straight up with olives! That should do the job.

Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ½ ounces London dry gin, such as Beefeaters of Hendricks
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth, preferably Noilly Prat
  • Green olive for garnish

Method:

In mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin and vermouth. Stir well, about 20 seconds, then strain into martini glass. Garnish with olive and serve.

Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne:  Moet is by far one of the most recognized luxury champagne brands around; and for a good reason! Founded in 1743 Moet & Chandon has become a staple drink in high society. From exhibition openings at the Guggenheim to exclusive penthouse parties, Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne is elegant enough to launch any party the UES can throw!

Upper West Side

The earthier, more ethnically diverse and artsy sister to UES, the Upper West Side is home to such cultural venues as Lincoln Center (ballet, opera, classical music and jazz, theatre), Beacon Theatre, and Symphony Space. People come to the UWS to be entertained. During the day you can see families strolling about or grabbing a bite at the UWS’ famous Jewish eateries, Zabar’s or Barney Greengrass. This area is the perfect mix of boogie and family life.

Galil Mountain Alon Red Kosher 2011:  With the UWS being home to a large Jewish community, what better way to celebrate their rich heritage than a glass of kosher red or white wine from Galil Mountain Winery, using grapes grown in Galil Mountain range in Israel. We sell bottles of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon that can be delivered anywhere in New York City or New York State.

Tom Collins: First made famous in London in the 1800’s, the Tom Collins became a classic cocktail for a night out. Made with gin and lemon, this refreshing cocktail is well suited for a night of opera or ballet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 2 parts gin (we recommend Queens Courage Gin made in Queens, NY)
  • 2/3 part simple syrup
  • Soda water to taste
  • 1 Wedge Lemon
  • 1 Cherry

Method:

  1. Stir lemon juice, gin and simple syrup in a highball glass.
  2. Fill with ice cubes.
  3. Top up with soda water.
  4.  Garnish with lemon and a cherry.

Tribeca & Soho

Known for its hip industrial vibe, Soho and Tribeca have something for everyone: great shopping, diverse food, music … it’s the place to be.

Mojito: One of the most versatile cocktails around, with so many flavor options it’s the perfect drink for a night out on the town! Why not add passion fruit or coconut for an exotic twist to the night out!

Ingredients:

  • 1-ounce lime juice (for different flavors, try a different juice)
  • 1-ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ½ ounce white rum
  • 1 ½ club soda
  • Mint leafs

Method:

  1. In a shaker, lightly muddle the mint with wooden spoon.
  2. Add the simple syrup, lime juice, and rum, and fill with ice.
  3. Shake well and pour (unstrained) into a highball glass.
  4. Top with the club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

“Launch Over It” IPA:  This boutique brew is made by Birreria in Manhattan. It is cask-conditioned in bourbon barrels, and has notes of bourbon, citrus, and tropical fruit. It pairs well with a variety of foods, or perfect for drinking on its own.

Wall Street

With billions traded each day, Wall Street is very much the financial capital of NYC and the world. With the extreme volatility of the stock market, you need a drink that can handle even the bear market.

Macallan 18 year Single Malt Scotch: Some of us conjure up an image of leather-backed chairs, cigar in one hand and a glass of scotch in the other when we think of Wall Street. It may be a cliché today, but that doesn’t mean Scotch isn’t a go to drink for traders and bankers. That’s why we’ve decided on a Macallan 18-year-old single malt Scotch, aged in a mix of sherry and bourbon casks. It’s a rich and complex scotch, not for the faint-hearted. Whether it is in the boardroom or sipping at home, one thing is for sure, this scotch will make a statement.

Habit Red Bordeaux: The investors and bankers of wall-street are famous for their extravagant dining habits, from business lunches to wining and dining clients. The one thing a meal always needs is a powerful wine that makes a statement. Habit Red Bordeaux is an esteemed bottle of organic red wine from Santa Barbara, CA. It’s full-bodied with notes of blackberry, dark cherry, chocolate, and earthy undertones that are sure to impress!

Harlem

Since prohibition, Harlem has been a cultural center of Manhattan, from jazz to soul food to gospel churches, this neighborhood has something for everyone. Walk along 125th Street starting at the historic Apollo Theatre and explore the rich culture and history Harlem has to offer.

Harlem Cocktail: While it bears the name of such an iconic neighborhood, much like the Manhattan cocktail, little is known about its origins. Its roots can be traced back to the prohibition era. The unique combination of pineapple juice and gin makes for a delicious cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Gin
  • 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
  • Pineapple chunks (for garnish)

 

Method:

  1. Combine all, shake with ice and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. Garnish with pineapple chunks.

 

Gin Ricky: The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s brought in a new age of music and a new popular drink. Singers such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday popularized blues and jazz vocals, during this period. To honor the deep jazz roots of Harlem, no drink is more synonymous than the Gin Ricky. It was said to be the preferred drink of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Ingredients:

1 ½ Ounce Gin

1 lime cut in half

Club soda

Method:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice and add the gin.
  2. Juice the lime halves into the glass and drop in the juiced lime shells.
  3. Fill with club soda.

This ends of our Manhattan neighborhood alcohol beverage tour. More neighborhoods in other boroughs are just around the corner. Until then, visit the Manhattan Fruitier website to learn more about the wines featured in this blog post, as well as other natural wines. Manhattan Fruitier delivers wine and Champagne in New York.

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Matthew Krugman

Originally from Colorado I moved to London to study at Le Cordon Bleu. While pursuing my pastry degree, I fell in love with wine and studied under Matthieu Longuere, Master Sommelier. After obtaining my degrees, I relocated to Australia to hone my skills further. Now settled in NYC, I've joined Manhattan Fruitier to help launch the biodynamic wine and spirits retail location.

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