Stewart & Claire fans near NYC: You NEED TO KNOW about this event. Provisions by Food 52, one of the most gorgeous e-retailers, is coming to life this weekend (starting tomorrow) in Manhattan. In addition to showcasing many of the stunning items it sells, the market is hosting events all day Saturday. There will also be gift packs for sale from created by yours truly. Maybe we'll see you there!
It's been a week of hosting guests and recovering from hosting guests along with lots of dreaming and scheming. Our first house guest reminded us how great the Brooklyn cocktail can be. The classic drink is more or less a martini made with rye whisky in place of gin or a Manhattan made with dry vermouth instead of sweet. There's usually some maraschino in there, a complex liqueur distilled from sour cherries, along with some bitters.
Well, we weren't stocked with maraschino so we made the drink without. It was still quite delicious: Boozy, clean and refreshing, especially for a brown liquor cocktail.
We became such Brooklyn-making pros that we served them several times to our second round of house guests, who also happened to be in town to shoot some pictures for us. Here, an Instagram shot from the photographer, Vince M Camiolo, @runvmc.
Don't you love it when you can drink the props?
Makes 1 drink
1 ounce dry vermouth
2 ounces rye whisky
In a glass or shaker, combine the vermouth with the whisky. Add a few dashes of the bitters and plenty of ice and stir until the drink is well chilled. Strain the drink into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve (or drink!).
Smell that? A whiff of cedar and fir. A hint of juniper berries and wildflowers. No, you didn't just step into the forest. It's just one of the awesome teas by the Brooklyn-based company, Bellocq. While making a batch of Old Fashioned lip balm one day, I listened to this interview with the Bellocq founders on the Heritage Radio Network. I loved how they described crafting a tea--first by seeking out exquisite ingredients and then by blending them to recreate a memory or the smell of a place. Their process reminded me a lot of how Stewart and I create our lip balms, mindfully combining scents to evoke a season or drink or vibe.
With fall in the air and winter threatening, this woodsy tea appealed to me and has perked me up many times these past few weeks. Not only do I love this tea but I chose this outdoorsy-inspired Drink of the Week in honor of our friend, Vince M Camiolo, Stewart & Claire's sometimes photographer and social media guru. Thanks to a great moment of chance (and years and years of photography training), he shot an incredible video in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park of an elk trying to spar with another photographer. This week, his video landed on Good Morning America, Inside Edition and lots of local affiliates, including WBIR in East Tennessee, which he thinks has told the story the best so far.
We're thrilled that, for now, Vince will deign to still shoot some photos for us. Cheers to Vince! --Claire
Ok, so this isn't a cocktail at all but a fantastic new drinks publication produced by some friends. We received a print excerpt in the mail, but all of the same beautiful photos and smart stories are online, where PUNCH is primarily published.
Here are a few fun things we've learned:
- Famous bartenders are being immortalized as Legos.
- If we ever make it to Istanbul, we know where we will drink, assuming this awesome bar survives.
- New York has its own version of a Sour, of course.
We blogged about this drink before, but that was two years ago, yo! We can't believe we've been selling our little balms for that long, but you know what they say: Time flies when you're drinking cocktails.
Now, we don't have much time to look backwards because we have lots of exciting things coming up for the holidays (and beyond). Our next few weeks will involve lots of labeling, lots of ribbon tying, and, if we're lucky, lots of shipping. The Fitty Fitty--a martini that's half gin and half vermouth--is the drink of the week because we can do all that we need to do with a cocktail in hand, but it's best if it's best if it's not too strong. We'll save that real martini for January.
A negroni is one of the great simple cocktails. The recipe is easy to remember: It's equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. I'm out of vermouth and am craving the strong, bitter drink, so I tried subbing in the amaro, Ramazzotti, which has a cola-like sweetness. The result: A boozy drink that's not quite a negroni but one that hits the spot.
It's been that kind of week: The kind that's confusingly warm as we try to plan for the holidays. The kind that's been so downright busy, that we forgot it was Friday. And let's not even start with the government.
The solution to all of this craziness? A two-ingredient cocktail, three if you count the lime. It's bracingly bitter and downright refreshing. Even better, no recipe or thought needed: Just mix Campari, soda water and ice to taste. Drink and repeat until peace and happiness resumes. --S&C
It's a very rare occasion in the Stewart & Claire household that we are out of both bourbon and rye whiskey, but that's the predicament we found ourselves in this week. We happened to have two bottles of aged rum that friends and family brought us back from their Caribbean trips--we tend to drink these a little more slowly.
While dropping off lip balms at the gorgeous Butcher's Daughter last week, I took a stroll up Elizabeth Street, possibly my very favorite strip in NYC. It's quiet and leafy and studded with heartbreakingly beautiful (and often expensive) shops. Here, a few snaps.-Claire
Shop from seamstress-turned-jewelry designer Erica Weiner.
Elizabeth Street Gallery
Oh Aesop, how I love you and want to be like you when we grow up.
And the always inspiring Le Labo.