Tips for St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

images (1)

Saint Patrick’s Day is less than a week away and I intend to have a full agenda for celebrating this wonderful holiday.  If you will be in NYC this weekend, below are a few events that should get you into the spirit!  I’ve also included a list of my favorite Irish Pubs.  How will you be celebrating?

Events for the Sophisticated Whiskey Drinker (or the drinker that doesn’t feel like standing in a Parade of madness!)

St. Patrick’s Weekend Irish New York Tour

A special tour for St. Patrick’s Weekend. Explore the former “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side, between City Hall and Houston Street as we examine the tremendous role of Irish immigrants in the history of New York City.   This “family friendly” tour will explain why St. Patrick’s Day is more popular here than in Ireland.  Stops could include: the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Al Smith’s home, the Five Points, the first Catholic church in the city, and sites associated with Tammany Hall, Thomas Addis Emmet, and many others.

Slainte: Irish Whiskey Cocktails and Cheese

For those of you who enjoy a fine whiskey food pairing, join Anthony Caporale (host of the Art of the Drink Web series) for a night of handpicked craft Irish whiskey cocktails paired with world-famous cheeses from Ireland. In addition to tasting you will get a 101 on mixing cocktails like the Zesty Irishman (Bushmills, Drambuie, triple sec) and the Jameson-spiked Buena Vista Irish Coffee. Each drink will be paired with fromage selections from Murray’s Cheese Shop.

The Man, the Legend and the Whiskey 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Astoria Whiskey Society and Tullamore D.E.W. at Hell Gate Tiki.  Festivities will kick off with a VIP tasting exclusively for Astoria Whiskey Society members from 2 – 3:30PM.  Tim Herlihy, Brand Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W. will walk you through their exciting portfolio.  After that, get the party started with $3 Tullamore D.E.W. shots and $6 “Luck of the Irish” cocktails.  Enjoy live music and get your grub on with an Irish BBQ beginning at 4PM!

Now on to my favorite watering holes…

Irish Pubs to Add to Your Library

1. Molly’s Shebeen


2. Ceol 


3. The Dead Poet



A Whiskey Lovers Dream Job

Ever dream about jet setting around the country talking about whiskey?  If so, you are in luck!  Hudson Whiskey is looking for a new Brand Ambassador, someone to represent the brand nationally as the face of the craft spirit.  Hudson is looking for someone with a passion for whiskey who embodies their can-do spirit.

They’ll need it, because they’ll be traveling around the country, talking to bartenders and restaurant owners, hosting events, connecting with whiskey enthusiasts via social media and representing Hudson in the national press. If you are a rare character and whiskey lover, this is the job for you.

Got what it takes to be the next face of Hudson Whiskey? Apply now at:


The Balvenie Announces Winner of The American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award

On February 6th The American Craft Council along with The Balvenie declared Douglas Brooks, Vermont Boat Builder, as the winner of the American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award.  The award was presented at an exclusive luncheon at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York City where a select group of influencers including the longest standing Malt Master in history, David Stewart honored the five nominated craftspeople and their respective traditional art forms.


The American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award in association with The Balvenie recognizes one winner and four finalists who are awarded annually in recognition and support of contributions to the maintenance and revival of traditional or rare crafts in America.  To be considered for the Fellowship, individuals must demonstrate a contribution to the preservation of traditional and rare craft techniques, processes, or products and meet a quality criterion.  Hundreds were vetted and five were selected as finalists with Douglas Brooks honored as the 2014 Fellow.  Brooks will receive an exclusive trip to Scotland and a $10,000 endowment to go towards materials and continuing his craft.  The four additional finalists received a $5,000 endowment and a trip to New York City where they showcased their work at the awards luncheon.


The once-in-a-lifetime trip to Scotland awarded to Brooks will provide the Fellow with an opportunity to spend time at the legendary distillery, apprenticing under a local craftsman of his choosing.  The two-week Fellowship will feature a week at the historic Balvenie distillery, where Brooks will learn more about the traditional crafts of whisky making while also receiving the rare opportunity to work with legendary malt master David Stewart, who was part of the jury that selected the finalists and awarded Brooks with this unique opportunity.


To illustrate the passion and commitment to craft of the Fellow and the nominees, each of them were showcased in a short film that was premiered at the luncheon.  The beautiful films were shot over two months from FYM Productions, a New York City based production company.  Click on each of the names below to take a look in to the workshops some of the men and women who are keeping craft alive in America!

Douglass Brooks |Boat Builder Vergennes, Vermont *2014 Fellow

Scott Baxendale | Luthier Athens, Georgia

Stephen Bilenky | Bicycle Builder Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ubaldo Vitali | Silversmith Newark, New Jersey

Ina Grau | Shoemakers Minneapolis, Minnesota


A Valentine’s Day Cocktail Story

If you ask me, there is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day then by staying in and mixing up a great cocktail for your love.  Whether your status is single, married, dating or “it’s complicated” showing off your mixologist skills can help you score some major points!  So forget the fancy pre-fixed dinners and become the ultimate Valentine’s host.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:


Status: It’s Complicated

Cocktail:  Hot ‘n Bothered


Tonight I am having a girl over that I have been seeing for a few weeks.  Since Valentine’s Day seems really awkward at this moment and I don’t want to give her the wrong idea that we are in love after three dates, I decided to invite her over for dinner and drinks.


Coat the bottom of an Irish coffee glass with honey.

Add 1.5 oz of Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey and ¼ lemon juice to the mug

On the side heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea

Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir


Status: Married

Cocktail: Bad Medicine


Tonight my husband will be cooking us surf and turf (steak and lobster tail). I’ll be making him his favorite cocktail-a penicillin.

Here’s my recipe:

I shake up the following:

Monkey Shoulder

Honey syrup

Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Fresh ginger

I pour it over a giant ice cube and then finish with a float of Lagavulin 16 year old.



Status: Single

Cocktail: Whiskey (I’m not) Sour

bitI’m traveling to Vermont tonight to share a three bedroom house with thirty other single New Yorkers.  I’ll skip the dinner and head straight for the whiskey sours!

In a shaker pour:

1.5 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon

1.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

¾ oz simple syrup

Shake well and strain into a chilled glass.  Top it off with a maraschino cherry.

I’m not bitter about being single or anything…

What will you be mixing up tonight?

A Whiskey Valentine


Stock Up for the Super Bowl

Dear Whisk(e)y Lovers,

With temperatures hitting record lows a little whisk(e)y is wonderful way to keep warm; and what better excuse to enjoy a dram than the Super Bowl!  For all of you who will be watching, or pretending to watch, the big game here is a great way for you to order your spirits. is a new and innovative website that allows you to shop for liquor online and have it delivered straight to your home.  In other words, no trekking out in sub-zero temperatures!



Cheers and stay warm!


Tour Scotland…From Your Bed?!


Visit the home of Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, as Popular Science takes you through a virtual tour of the Glenfiddich distillery. Follow a guided, narrated tour, and freely explore one of the last family owned and operated distilleries in all of Scotland.

For the first time ever, users will be able to explore the Glenfiddich distillery from the comfort of home! Popular Science will guide you using highly sensitive motion controls to produce the illusion of looking through a window into another reality, creating the visceral sense of actually “being there” – complete with narration, immersive 180 degree images, maps, and photo galleries.

So it’s really easy.  Turn on your iPad.  Click on the App Store.  Type ‘Whisky Tour’ in the search box.  Download and you are off to Scotland!

I would love to hear about your tour!