It has been a long running event on my bucket list to attend the Manhattan Cocktail Classic! I’m anticipating this will be a NYC equivalent to Tales of the Cocktail held each year in New Orleans. It all starts tonight at the NY Public Library where instead of books, libations by the cart load with be served up in elegance. A great way to sample many cocktails featuring a wide array of venerable liquors. Although I’m sure to acquire many new favorites, I’m most looking forward to the Campari Bar scheduled for Astor Hall serving 3 different kinds of Negronis: pre-bottled carbonated, classic, and the debut of the New York Negroni featuring Brooklyn-made Dorothy Parker Gin.
Another intriguing development for this year’s Gala experience is a cutting-edge digital component enabling all 3500+ guests to track their drinks, upload photos, check in on Facebook, and more – all with a simple tap of the wrist using NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled bracelets. Then, on Monday morning, everybody receives a customized email curated by TastingTable.com containing detailed recipes for each drink sampled. This sure beats scribbling recipes on the back of napkins or stuffing tons of pre printed brochures into a plastic bag. Stay tuned for real time hijinks and revelry!
Photo courtesy of Manhattan Cocktail Classic