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Black Book: “4 Out of 5: Mallory Blair on Brooklyn”

“Everyone knows my affinity for prom (my business partner and I wore prom dresses every day for 30 days), and liking prom that much means knowing your way around a punch bowl. Enter The Drink, where, even though I am no longer in a prom dress, I can still live every night like it’s prom with their $5 by-the-cup punch and Wassails. During the summer, their backyard is all candles and glass clinking and warm feelings. Appropriately handed to you in tea cups, I like sipping their drinks as much as I like saying their names. Try the Queequeg, made with vintage English ale, rum, honey, and orange bitters.”

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Time Out New York: “Relaxed bars for parties”

You’ll have no trouble keeping your friends close when you’re all gathered around a punch bowl at this charming nautical venue. The communal concoctions ($43) serve up to ten people, with festive seasonal options like the Old Gunwhale (bourbon, grapefruit, chamomile syrup and cranberry bitters; $43) or the Wassail (hot spiced apple cider with rum or bourbon, $5 per glass). 228 Manhattan Ave between Grand and Maujer Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-8463, thedrinkbrooklyn.com)

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Serious Eats: “9 Great Punch Recipes from New York City’s Bars”

Photo by Alice Gao for Serious Eats


 

New York is one of the best places to be as winter gently begins. The air crisps, the leaves cover sidewalks, and the city is shot through with the sparking excitement of the impending holidays. If you had any doubts about the spirit of the season, look no further than some of New York’s best bars and restaurants, where holiday punches are making appearances on menus across the city…

…The Queequeg from The Drink is a rum punch named after a character in Moby Dick, and does its nautical namesake proud. The punch is made special thanks to the bottle of Cooper’s Vintage Ale that’s poured in just before serving. The beer’s maltiness balances the sweetness of the rum and honey.

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A photoshoot sneak preview

Photographer Alice Gao stopped by on Monday to take a few pics for an upcoming article in Serious Eats. She sneaked in a few extra shots for her blog, Lingered Upon.

I was over at The Drink yesterday to shoot some things for Serious Eats and normally I don’t go crazy and take pictures of interiors and other details, but when I stepped foot into this bar, every heartstring was tugged to the max. Seriously, could this place be up my alley/aesthetic any more? I snuck these shots in while we were waiting for the real subjects to be ready.

We love her photos. Thanks, Alice!

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You can see the rest of her lovely shots here.

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Time Out New York: “Halloween events that don’t suck”

SUN 30 THE GREAT YANKEE HOVE-OWEEN
Batten down the hatches at The Drink for this special edition of The Great Yankee Hove, a maritime themed party complete with fiddle music (6pm), a sea shanty sing-along (7:30pm), square dancing (9pm) and apple bobbing. A backyard barbecue manned by chef Eric Mann, formerly of Prune and Craft, will offer festive fare like clam chowder ($6), burgers ($8), pumpkin pie and caramel apples. To drink, warm up with the Headless Horseman punch ($5), made with pink-peppercorn infused bourbon, fresh pumpkin juice, blank vanilla, chicory tea, maple syrup and grapefruit juice.

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Gothamist: “Five Great Beer Cocktails And Where To Find Them”

The Queenqueg Punch at The Drink: Get your beer by the bowl at the nautical-themed Williamsburg bar, whose Queenqueg punch comes gussied up with spicy Barbancourt rum, fresh orange and lemon juices, a squeeze of honey, bitters and a hearty pull of extra-strong English Coopers Vintage Ale.

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Esquire: “How to Make the Perfect Fall Punch”

Punch has undergone a renaissance over the past couple years, with entire menus devoted to the ritual in cocktail bars all over the country. Rickhouse in San Francisco and The Drink in Brooklyn offer constantly updated punch options according to season and group size. Esquire’s own David Wondrich produced an exceptional tome devoted entirely to the subject last year.

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Fader: “Body Conscious: Four Slim Summer Drinks”

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So far this Summer’s been scorching, and it gives no indication of letting up. One of the best remedies for the heat is a cold, refreshing drink to sip on while you kick up your feet in the shade (or AC, let’s be real). But getting crunked out at the bar often leads to cranking it out at the gym. In this heat? We’d rather not. To save you all from weight-watching grief, we hit up the visionary dudes at The Drink in Brooklyn and brought back a list of seasonal, low-cal nectars you can make at home.

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Time Out New York: “10 Great Drinks for $10 or less”

The Crusade Punch at The Drink
The Crusade combines the sweetness of Old Monk Indian rum with a mix of orange peel, clove, peppercorn, allspice, peppermint and lemon juice.

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Time Out New York: “Frank Cisneros of Dram and The Drink”

Why you’ll dig him: Stroll into Dram or the Drink, and you’ll notice a few things missing: No velvet rope. No reserved tables. No $16 drinks. As a key conspirator in the creation of both paradigm-shifting spots, Cisneros has a lot to do with that. Despite his reverence for classic tipples, the pragmatic barkeep knows that stuffy exclusivity doesn’t always help to get the party started—an instinct forged while experimenting with beakers and infusions at the divey Bushwick Country Club.

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