We here at BoozeMenus are big supporters of knowing your neighbor, so we’ve teamed up with bars across the city to make it easier than ever to do so. It’s called the Good Local Passport, and this year’s rendition (available to purchase through October 29) features locally crafted spirits and beers at more than two dozen NYC restaurants, bars, distilleries, and breweries. Here are just a few ways our favorite distilleries around town are making it their own.
ANY QUEEN’S COURAGE COCKTAIL at ASTORIA DISTILLING COMPANY
Gin is the name of the game at this Long Island City distillery, which opened its tasting room Proof + Gauge just last winter. Your Passport will score you any one of the team’s cocktails made with their Queen’s Courage gin, from their house G&T with Haber’s Original Tonic Syrup, to the Old Tom Fashioned, a gin spin on the classically dark spirited dram.
THE BROWN DERBY at VAN BRUNT STILLHOUSE
Daric Schlesselman, Matt Patterson, Nora Batho, and Daniel No make up the distilling team at this Red Hook destination, which has become a favorite for local whiskey lovers. As such, spring for their Brown Derby, a citrus-forward and served up concoction of Van Brunt Stillhouse bourbon, grapefruit juice, and honey.
TASTING FLIGHT at KINGS COUNTY DISTILLERY
This distillery is best known for its handmade moonshine and bourbons, which it produces out of the 117-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. If you’re naturally indecisive, you’re in luck: For this year’s Passport they’re inviting folks to their Gatehouse tasting bar, where they can saddle up for a flight of their three main whiskeys: moonshine, bourbon, and chocolate whiskey.
MR. KATZ’S ROCK & RYE at NEW YORK DISTILLING COMPANY
The Mr. Katz’s Rock & Rye at this Williamsburg bar is comprised of rye whiskey, rock candy, orange peel, and cinnamon — a close interpretation of the 19th century favorite, and a perfect choice for a “swanky old fashioned,” according to Mr. Katz himself. And remember, not all candy is for kids — this one clocks in at a robust 65 proof.
THE MANNY SPECIAL at PORT MORRIS DISTILLERY
This Bronx-situated distillery is worth the trek — especially if you have yet to experience pitorro, a Puerto Rican version of moonshine. That’s what they’ll be using in their special Manny cocktail this month, a late summer sipper with flavors of guava and pineapple.
By Nicole Schnitzler
(Photos from left: The Brown Derby at Van Brunt Stillhouse; Chocolate Whiskey, Bourbon, and Moonshine at Kings County Distillery; The Manny Special at Port Morris Distillery)