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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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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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TWD Picks for Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is this weekend!  Do you find yourself gift-less scrolling through pages of Google searches for that perfect present?  If so DON’T PANIC – you still have time to pull off a stellar “Dad” gift that will ensure you are his favorite (well at least for the day)!

This Father’s Day Gift Guide is all about whisk(e)y experiences.  Whether Dad’s a whisk(e)y maven or just up for trying something new, these NYC events are sure to entertain!

For the Cheese Lover

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Whiskey Business: Whiskey and Cheese

Tuesday July 9th 6:30PM – 8:00PM

$75 per ticket

Now this is my kind of whiskey tasting!  The perfect pairing for a hunk of cheese is an equally perfect glass of whiskey.  Murray’s Cheese explores the origins of whiskey taking you though the wide variety of aromas and tastes of the world’s best whiskey regions.  Whether they’re light and honeyed, have a rich, sherried sweetness, or leave your tongue dripping in peat-smoke, Murray’s has picked a cheese that will excite all these delicious flavors in your mouth.

For the All American

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Shopping for Bourbons at The Flatiron Room

Tuesday June 18th 7:00PM

$65 per ticket

The Bourbon craze has officially spread like wildfire!  So if you cannot take your Dad to Kentucky, why not take him to the Flatiron Lounge for a taste of six extraordinary Bourbon Brands.  Led by Heather Greene, you will learn the ins and outs of what makes a whisky fabulous and which ones are worth the hefty price tag.

For the Film Enthusiast

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Prohibition Era Cocktail Cruise

Thursday June 20th 9:30PM/Friday June 28th 7:15PM

Step back into the Golden Age and live the life of Gatsby for one evening.  Inspired by 1920’s Prohibition Era Cocktails, you will learn how to mix some of the most famous tipples while soaking in the history of their creation.  Tell Dad not to forget his pinstripe suit!

For the Scientist 

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The Origins of Flavor in Scotch Whisky

Tuesday July 2nd 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Perfect for the Dad who is is interested in breaking things down and discovering how they are made.  This evening is presented in a seminar format discussing the different production methods and their impact on the flavor of whisk(e)y.  Most importantly you will learn how to verbalize the different techniques associated with whiskey –  definitely scoring you bonus points for making Dad look like a whiskey expert!

Cheers to a whiskey filled Father’s Day!


Show Her Some Love!: A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

7:50PM running through the cracked streets of SoHo in pursuit of Kate’s Paperie.  Your four inch Manolo Blahnik heel catches on a random cobble stone floating in the middle of the street.  Suddenly you are plummeting face-forward cheek planting into the sidewalk.  Your Prada bag soars overhead landing upside down in a pool of crumpled up dollar bills, lip gloss and expired Metrocards.  Wall Street suits and evening joggers step over you as if you are part of the pavement and a homeless man takes a crack at snatching one of those crumpled bills.  It’s now 7:58 PM and you see the metal gates being pulled over the stores door as you rush to collect your things.  Defeated, you hobble on your one unbroken heel, stick your hand out onto Broadway, and wait for a cab to come scoop you up.  And all of this because you waited until the last minute to purchase your annual “You are the Best Mom Ever” Mother’s Day card!

Ok, so I might be exaggerating a tiny bit, but let’s be honest – Mother’s Day has lost its glimmer throughout the years.  Long gone are the days of macaroni heart jewelry and finger painted cards.  This holiday often slips our minds leaving Godiva and ProFlowers.com to save us in our last minute gift distress.  But Mother’s Day should not be about generic gift giving and increasing Hallmark’s sales, it should be a celebration honoring mothers, maternal relationships and the influence of mothers in society. 

 So instead of grabbing that last minute box of chocolates try something new this year!

 A Piece of Art

With the invention of the “smart phone” traditional photography has taken a backseat to the quick snap of an iPhone camera.  Our frozen moments are now detailed in mobile albums on our facebook pages instead of living inside frames around our homes.  Take a page from photo history and create a physical piece of art.  You can restore an old picture from your mothers past or choose a great current shot of the two of you.  Have it enlarged and printed on a beautiful silk photo paper.  Get creative and pick a really special frame; you can either go to your local frame shop or sift around antique stores for a unique and rustic touch.  You will be sure to warm any mother’s heart with your creativity and lack of confusing gadgets! 

 An Afternoon Affair

Between your morning spin class, your day job, and your dating life we know it’s hard to always pencil in time for mom.  Cancel your plans for May 13th, skip your afternoon Green Juice, and take your mom out to New York City’s most fashionable address, the Plaza.  A famous tradition at The Plaza is afternoon tea service served in The Palm Court.  The menue boasts with delicate savories, scones and sweets for the two of you to choose from.  Spend the afternoon indulging in an icon of luxury; a place where Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Truman Capote, and The Beatles once dined as well!

 For more information visit http://www.fairmont.com/theplaza/GuestServices/Restaurants/AfternoonTea.htm.

 A Boozy Date

A modern twist on the classic afternoon tea, the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails are celebrating Mother’s Day in a salute to women in the spirits industry!  Cocktail enthusiasts and “matriarchs” of the distilled spirits industry alike will come together for a very civilized afternoon of tea cocktails and conversation featuring the women who run this industry.  (Participating companies include American Fruits Liqueur, Bulleit Bourbon, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, Laird’s Applejack, New York Distilling Company, SquareOne Organic Vodka, Tuthilltown, Macchu Pisco, Zacapa Rum, and Perfect Puree.)  The women behind these great brands will gather at the New York Distilling company to share stories and commiserate about launching distilleries, building brands, supporting the family business, and more! 

 For more information visit http://tickets.manhattancocktailclassic.com/default.asp?SearchMonth=5%2F1%2F2012&MV=5%2F13%2F2012&sel=x.

Your mom (and Manolo’s) will thank you for making Mother’s Day so special!

Cheers!