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Whiskey for a Cause

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During the crisp fall season, there are not many things I rather be doing then wrapping myself in a cozy sweater and sipping a fine whiskey.  New Yorkers have returned to the city from their summer getaways and bars and restaurants are buzzing with locals once again.  It never fails that once October comes, I get a resurgence of excitement about living in one of the greatest cities in the world.  With a multitude of things to do in this city, I turn to my whiskey friends to fill up my weekends.

A few weeks ago I was delighted to meet Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Eimear Kelleher.  Fresh to this new adventure, Eimear has already tapped into the NYC whiskey scene.  She is partnering with Irish designer, Sinéad Lawlor to celebrate whiskey for a cause.  Sinéad has designed limited edition one of a kind labels for Tullamore D.E.W. to celebrate the work being done at the Susan G. Komen foundation.  This Sunday, October 26th from 6 to 8PM Eimear and Sinéad invite you to be a part of the unveiling of the limited edition bottles.  The event is at Whitman & Bloom where there will be custom created whiskey cocktails (appropriately in the shade of pink).  So if you are a fan of the whiskey, stop by for an evening of fine drinks and design in support of a great cause!

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Cheers!

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The Decision: A Whiskey Lovers Dream Job

Back in March I wrote to you about the exciting competition Hudson Whiskey had launched to find their new Brand Ambassador.  After following the contest for the past four months, the team at Hudson has found their match!  Check out Han Shan, Hudson’s newest addition.


Tips for St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

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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

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2. Ceol 

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3. The Dead Poet

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Where to Drink: Union Square

One of the best parts about living in New York City is discovering the exciting places that pop up in each neighborhood.  Perched above my very own neighborhood of Union Square is the newly opened Hyatt hotel which has finally opened its doors after five long years of construction.  What I love most about this hotel is that it mixes contemporary design with a classic style.  The corner of 13th Street and Fourth Avenue remains wrapped in the historical façade which keeps the charm of the city block.

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Stepping inside the Hyatt, you are immediately transported into an oasis of artistic design.  A 23-foot high ceiling greats you in this grand entrance dressed in custom pieces, designed by acclaimed interior designer Paul Vega.  The space has an entirely modern feel, but not the modern that represents icy metal and sharp lines – the Hyatt is anything but that.  This space takes a new meaning to the word modern with its use of materials and elements from the natural world, evoking the creative and luxe bohemian spirit.

Ok, so now the really exciting part!  Inside this urban sanctuary sit two brand new restaurants by One Five Hospitality Group, led by well-respected restaurateurs Jo-Ann Makovitzky and Marco A. Moreira.  They have created a space for all things single with the original Singl Lounge.  This sexy and vibrant setting features a custom bar and seating.  Above the bar hangs a translucent, fabric scrim ceiling of suspended, twisted vines – a modern inspiration of a classic chandelier.  The metaphor is most explicit in a commissioned art instillation depicting a flock of birds emerging from a feather – a tongue in cheek gesture.  In addition to a menu of artisanal cocktails, Singl offers an extensive list of Single Malts, Single vineyard wines and, most importantly, I’m sure a selection of single New Yorkers =)

Cheers!