Manhattan Cocktail Classic
Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012
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A highlight of our recent trip to New York City was attending the Manhattan Cocktail Classic – “part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party”. Team MKHC attended two events. The first was “Here’s to Your Health” given by Rouge Tomate, one of the greenest restaurants and bars in the city. Their philosophy is to use only the freshest and most natural ingredients possible when creating cocktails. Rouge Tomate’s “focusing on the sourcing, the preparing and the enhancing of EACH ingredient, when combined together, create a cocktail that is not only excellent in flavor but also good for you”. Alrighty, sign me up for this kind of healthy fun.
We were served four cocktail creations – a Moscow Mule, Rhubarb Martini, Spring Mojito and Amber Palmer (non-alcoholic). Talk about quality control – Rouge Tomate makes their own juices, triple sec, ginger beer, syrups and infusions. That is their full time nutritionist speaking to our group. I really enjoyed the educational format and gathering some fresh ideas and new recipes.
Good thing this beauty, an Amber Palmer, was non-alcoholic.
I have to admit I was such an amateur at my first big cocktail conference. I drained every delicious glass they offered us. And it didn’t help that the bartender gave my daughter-in-law Eileen, and me extra samples of things afterwards. I only left empty glasses by the time we departed.
Then Team MKHC was off to the subways to fetch our dinner. Upper East Side to Chinatown and back to the Upper West Side. Lots of stairs, walking and subways rides. Too many empty glasses for Mama Beth! Fortunately, our dinner was tasty, I have a cast-iron stomach, and I remembered to practice a little more moderation for the next day’s event at Macao Trading Company. My next post will share some highlights about that marvelous Manhattan Cocktail Classic event.