Sunday, April 01, 2007

A New York State of Rye

While design, music and crowd are all vital to creating a great nightlife destination, we believe that a truly great cocktail is ingredient #1 to an establishment's success. We've already displayed our affection for the Old Fashioned, the classic cocktail that any bartender worth his salt should be able to make. An Old Fashioned with bourbon is great, but a proper Old Fashioned with rye whiskey is something special. We were pleasantly surprised when we came across a New York State rye from the Tuthilltown Distillery, a mill that has been in operation since 1788. The mill, which has now been converted to a full distillery, has crafted a small batch rye that is destined to shake the high end cocktail market up. Tuthilltown is the first distillery to legally make grain spirits in New York State since Prohibition, and while pricey, packs a flavor that true cocktail lovers will enjoy. Besides, like a nightlife guru tells us, "Rye is the Champagne of 2007," making Tuthilltown the Moet of rye. How can you argue with that?

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