A couple weeks ago, a little birdie told us that the owners of a New York bar called The Drink were among the millions of thirsty minds swept up by Martini Madness. On Twitter, the saloon’s management asked, “Seriously can we just sit around and argue about martinis all day?” Disinclined to regard the question as merely rhetorical, I made an appointment to sit around and argue about martinis with The Drink’s mom-and-pop owners. In a barroom decorated to suit the tastes of a vintage drunken sailor, I heard the tale of their mixed-martini marriage.
The Trade Winds at the Drink
From lattes to lagers, pumpkin-laced beverages abound this time of year. Few balance the flavor as expertly as this punch, which gets its essence from a freshly juiced baking variety.
At The Drink, a charming Williamsburg bar, Allison Zempel, a bartender and manager, has created the Trade Winds — a balanced, pumpkin-laced punch that’s a little sweet, a little sour, a little tangy and livened up with a good kick of spice.
Besides the punch, what’s The Drink’s major draw? The spacious white-washed back patio, a welcome reprieve for those thirsting for some quality time set outdoors.
I know you seen me on the video (true).
At least now, anyway. Our friends at The Fader stopped by for a quick lesson in one of Adam’s favorite frozen treats that they just happened to get on film. Check it out below, and hop over to their website for the full recipes from us, as well as perennial favorites Robertas, The Sakkett and Momofuku Noodle Bar.
Summer in New York is a special thing: it means being constantly sweaty, sticking to the seats on the subway, and praying for central air. There are a few places around town helping with the quest to stay cool and make the heat enjoyable. These bars are serving up crisply cold booze in bowls, carafes, pitchers, and pineapples, making sharing easy and cheap. Without further ado and just in time for summer, here’s a list of the 12 best places to share some big ass drinks in NYC.
This East Williamsburg watering hole specializes in punches and drinks for sharing. With inspired names and recipes like The “Dutch Rudder,” made with Damrak gin, Bols genever, cherry juice, vanilla tea, lemon, and spiced cranberry bitters, all the punches are available for $5 a cup or $43 for a bowl which serves ten.
From the salvaged wood and fishing paraphernalia that lines the room, to the potent punches and simple coastal cuisine, this place could easily be perched on a dock somewhere in New England, but thankfully for us, it is right here in Williamsburg.
Last month, Brooklynography trooped in with a sweet man named Chris Littler to film Chris talking about how much he loves our bar. The final result is part 1 of a new video series documenting Brooklyn by way of individuals and their environments; in this case, a gorgeous video of Chris talking about all his favorite spots in Williamsburg (we’re the final spot on their trip). We’re honored to be included and to be in such great company — Nitehawk Cinema, Blue Bottle Coffee Co., Main Drag Music, Urban Rustic & Ugly Luggage — some of our favorite BK spots, as well.
Thank you, Chris & Brooklynography!
While we put a lot of work into the styling, hair, make-up, production, and photography of our front page looks, some locations just make everything look good. For this week’s look we were fortunate to get daytime access to shoot in one of Brooklyn’s most picturesque bars, The Drink.
It was ridiculously nice out yesterday, and today has been even sweeter thus far, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. We’ve already begged to have class blog outdoors—but alas, we’ll just have to wait till the end of the day to take advantage of this spring surprise. Thankfully, there are plenty of bars that will be serving drinks outdoors this evening—and below, we’ve compiled a list of some we especially like.