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PINEAPPLE DAIQUIRI FROM BLACKTAIL 0 0 10 5 4 Total: 19 A double pineapple infusion makes the house daiquiri at BlackTail extra breezy. 2½ oz. pineapple-infused white rum 1 oz. pineapple syrup ¾ oz. fresh lime juice Tools: shaker, strainer Glass: coupe Shake all the ingredients with ice to chill, then strain into a chilled … Continue reading Pineapple Daiquiri from BlackTail

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These are golden days for the Daiquiri. This simple, rum-based cocktail has had more than its fair share of ups and downs over the decades, from its ubiquity in bars in Cuba (and, later, the United States) during Prohibition and subsequent years, to its late-20th century fall from grace, the once-proud cocktail rendered mawkish and … Continue reading Choosing The Right Rum for your Daiquiri

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Tales of the Cocktail has announced The Top Four Finalist Nominees for each of the categories for the Spirited Awards 2018.  This high profile ceremony is held annually during the Tales of the Cocktail Festival to honor the world’s top bars, bartenders, writers, and cocktail experts. Nominees are selected by judging panels that are put … Continue reading SPIRITED AWARDS 2018 ANNOUNCES THE TOP FOUR FINALISTS NOMINEES

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COURTESY OF CIENFUEGOS Meet the man connecting bartenders to Cuba’s storied cocktail culture. BRETT MOSKOWITZ April 28, 2018 “There’s a saying in Cuba, ‘Vamos a resolver’—‘let’s figure it out.’ You gotta do what you can with what you got.” That’s bartender Ricky Gomez, who opened a Cuban-inspired cocktail bar called Palomar, in Portland, Oregon, less than … Continue reading Inside the Rise of Cuban-Inspired Craft Cocktail Bars

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The Negroni was a fairly obscure cocktail as little as 10 years ago, familiar only to bartenders and dedicated Italophiles. Then more and more industry folks started falling for it, citing its versatility and relatively foolproof rubric.By 2013, Negronis were a national obsession. Their mainstream popularity launched an annual Negroni Week and countless culinary spinoffs. … Continue reading The Daiquiri Is Poised to Become the Next Negroni

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King of mixology with Jesse Vida Talented head barman of New York City’s critically-acclaimed BlackTail – from the team behind The Dead Rabbit (World’s Best Bar), Jesse Vida, talks to FOUR about the world of mixology… Where did you grow up? I grew up in San Francisco, California.   What did you aspire to be … Continue reading King of mixology with Jesse Vida

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While we’re still slogging through the nightmare that is winter, there’s a small silver lining hiding on your bar cart waiting to brighten up your seasonal slump. That boozy respite is rum. Particularly the aged sort, the kind that’s spiced and dark and comes from the Caribbean. So we asked bartenders well versed in the … Continue reading 3 Rum Cocktails to Make Your Winter Drinking Way Less Boring

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The Best Cocktails in NYC According to BlackTail Bartender Jesse Vida With so many standout cocktail spots in NYC, narrowing down where to go can seem like a daunting task. So who better to ask than Jesse Vida, head bartender/bar manager at buzzy, Cuban-inspired BlackTail, voted 2017’s Best New American Cocktail Bar? Originally hailing from … Continue reading The Best Cocktails in NYC According to BlackTail Bartender Jesse Vida

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Like every other art, cocktail-making continues to move forward with incredible creativity. We sometimes tend to dismiss mixed drinks—or food and drink in general—as nothing more than temporary stimulation and indulgent libation. But really, the way ingredients come together, and balance or chaos is triggered, demonstrates more than attention to detail. It’s about pairing. Bartenders … Continue reading Best Cocktails of 2017

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Forget about the fancy gadgets and patterned socks (you gave those as gifts last Christmas!). This year, why not surprise your family member or friend with something they’ll remember for years to come? These 8 adventurous, one-of-a-kind NYC experiences will never go out of style. A Helicopter Flight Over the City Every New Yorker knows … Continue reading 8 Experiential Gift Ideas in NYC for The Person Who Has It All

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Sometimes it might seem like there’s no cooler way to spend a weekend than at a tropical-themed bar in Bushwick, or a laundromat-turned-speakeasy in the Lower East Side. But while New York City can sometimes feel over-hip, overcrowded and overwrought, there are plenty of neighborhoods that are still relatively undiscovered — even to those New … Continue reading 5 Under-appreciated NYC neighborhoods worth a full weekend trip

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The city doesn’t sleep, so why should you? From dive bars to hidden speakeasies and to New York City’s best kept secrets, mark these cocktails bars as your must-see and must-do during your stay in the Big Apple. BATTERY PARK CITY BLACKTAIL, 22 Battery Place Pier A BlackTail’s story began with a flight – the … Continue reading Your guide to a New York night owl bar crawl

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So I didn’t make it to Cuba this year. Come to think of it, I didn’t even make it to Little Havana in Miami. So what do I do in New York City when I’m thirsting for a Cuban cocktail? The answer is found in a second-story walk-up called BlackTail. It’s all the way at … Continue reading BlackTail Serves Cuban Cocktails From Another Time

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London is back to being the world’s top city for cocktails. That’s according to the annual list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, which awarded the top spot to the American Bar and The Savoy Hotel. London also claimed second place with Dandelyan, another hotel bar inside the Mondrian, and had the most bars of … Continue reading The Best Bars in The World for 2017

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Cry Baby at BlackTail If you’re in the mood to make your tastebuds tingle, this creation from the Prohibition Era and Cuban-inspired bar BlackTail blends Dales Pimento with cinnamon, Rum Fire, ginger, Giffard Banane, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Brugal 1888, and Mount Gay XO. You might shed a tear (or two). 22 Battery Pl. 2nd … Continue reading 12 FALL-THEMED COCKTAILS TO TRY IN NEW YORK RIGHT NOW

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Cuba is inarguably the home of the Daiquiri, thanks to the 200-year (and counting!) legacy of El Floridita, the historic Cuban bar widely credited for inventing the Frozen Daiquiri in Vieja Havana. However, various levels of travel restrictions have made it difficult to visit the storied Caribbean island — unless you’re lucky enough to be … Continue reading Five Ways to Experience Cuba on the Edge of Downtown NYC

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“When I lived in Financial District, it was busy Monday through Friday and a wasteland during the weekend,” says Jack McGarry, the bartender behind The Dead Rabbit and BlackTail, both in New York City’s downtown neighborhood. “That’s changing.” Once home to steakhouses and sports bars, the southernmost tip of Manhattan is seeing a groundswell of the … Continue reading NYC’s Banker Bro Financial District Is Becoming a Restaurant Destination

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At this year’s Tales of the Cocktail—the largest and most prestigious spirits and cocktail trade show in the US—New York City’s BlackTail at Pier A took home the award for “Best New American Cocktail Bar.” It wasn’t much of a surprise as the gentleman behind it also founded The Dead Rabbit, consistently ranked one of … Continue reading BlackTail’s Gangsterismo New Cocktail Menu

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It’s that time of year again. The steamy, summer soiree held in New Orleans, where bartenders, cocktail lovers and industry insiders gather to celebrate all things booze related. Tales of the Cocktail — a five-day event held each July — is chock full of lectures, parties, dinners and samplings, all in the name of what’s new in … Continue reading 2017 bar trends from the industry’s biggest annual event

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A Cuban-inspired bar in New York City was just named the best new cocktail bar in America. BlackTail, which is designed to mimic the decadent American bars in Cuba during Prohibition, was crowned “Best New American Cocktail Bar” at 2017 Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans. “We are proud and humbled to win … Continue reading NYC’s BlackTail Named Best New Cocktail Bar in America

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National Tequila Day is July 24, so it’s only natural that we mark this somewhat dubious “holiday” by celebrating the world’s most popular agave-based spirit. We all know about classic tequila-spiked cocktails like margaritas and palomas. But how about tequila in drinks that traditionally aren’t comprised of tequila, from sturdy favorites like the martini and Old Fashioned to fanciful craft cocktails being … Continue reading 20 Cocktails that are event better with Tequila

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Devoid of jacked-up Wall Street traders on the weekends, New York’s financial district morphs into a surprising oasis of calm, its slender streets mercifully quiet. Except for the children. They’ve congregated on the Bowling Green, a narrow strip of park, to snap selfies with Fearless Girl, the defiant bronze sculpture installed here in stockbroker-land ahead of … Continue reading New York’s Financial District is an Unlikely Weekend Getaway

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Many of today’s top cocktail bars don’t just impress you with what’s in the glass, they also aim to wow you with the sheer creativity of their menus and the way their drinks are presented and conceptualized. These are eight of the most inventive cocktail menus from across the country, from graphic novel thrillers to … Continue reading The 8 Most Inventive Cocktail Menus in The Country:

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BlackTail The award-winning team behind The Dead Rabbit opened Blacktail earlier this year, its homage to American bars thatmoved to Cuba during Prohibition. Guests are greeted at this Battery Park City bar with a frozen daiquiri and an 88-page menu offering nearly 50 cocktails. Drinks are broken into five categories — highball, punch, sour, old-fashioned, … Continue reading Where to Drink Right Now

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BlackTail’s Jess Vida shows off his modern take on a rum & cola, perfect for summer!

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 Make the sugar cane-based spirit your go-to drink. Rum & Cola Blacktail, New York, $16 Bar manager Jesse Vida’s elevated Cuba libre (aka rum and Coke) includes house-made cola syrup and Bacardi Facundo Neo, a mild blend of rums aged as long as eight years. Bitters and Fernet-Branca add herbaceousness; Champagne provides the bubbles. “Champagne … Continue reading It’s The Summer of Rum:

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It’s been another buzzing year for the New York bar scene and to toast 2017’s exceptional barrooms and the teams behind them, Time Out New York is hosting another illustrious edition of its annual Bar Awards. This year, Time Out has enlisted a powerhouse panel of industry experts to crown the city’s best drinking spots, from innovative cocktail bars to brainy wine … Continue reading Meet The Finalists of New York 2017 Bar Awards

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Altogether, new to the family BlackTail is New York’s latest addition to Cuban destinations. It pours a glass of nostalgia at the tip of Manhattan.

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He didn’t have the easiest start in life, but Jesse Vida turned himself around. He tells Hamish Smith his story Jesse Vida is preparing his station at the Bloomsbury Club Bar in central London ahead of his guest shift. The Black Tail head bartender says he’s lucky to be here. And not just London. If … Continue reading Jesse Vida, Rebel with a Cause

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Bartenders will tell you a daiquiri is a good way to judge whether a cocktail bar has mastered the fundamentals. Perfectly balancing the spirituous (rum), sweet (sugar), and acidic (lime) elements of this classic cocktail is not easy; and so, while many of the daiquiris being served at the best bars around town are quite … Continue reading The Absolute Best Daiquiris in New York

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