Seven Deadly Cocktails

Big thanks to Mary Wyatt over at Carpenter Hill — an amazing site full of housewares, jewelry and more all made in the USA — for this series of gorgeous videos inspired by and featuring our Seven Deadly Sins glasses.

The series was directed and edited by Caitlyn Greene, the cocktails designed by Harry McNamara and Max Moore of Two Parts Spirits, and the photography directed by by Nick Perron-Siegel.

Check them out, and you can find all the recipes here! You can get a set of the glasses through Carpenter Hill here.

xo meg

Drink Bee's Knees

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My friends over at Caledonia Spirits and Liquor.com are pairing up this week for Bee's Knees Week to raise money to save the bees and simultaneously bring awareness to the Bee's Knees cocktail. I remember my first Bee's Knees — at the East Village bar Niagara back in maybe 2001. They had no honey, and we had to run to the bodega to fetch some for them (OMG were we those customers!?).

I love this cocktail for its simplicity. I always have the ingredients in the house, and I love gin. Make one for yourself...

BEE'S KNEES

2 oz gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz honey syrup (1 part honey to 1 part hot water. Cool and use.)
long lemon twist

Shake ingredients with ice, strain, and serve up in a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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Frozen Ginger Watermelon Margarita

I'm making the most of the summer over here. Gearing up for a family vacation to the shore before the kiddo starts school again, and enjoying the very weird Brooklyn summer weather — none of the high temps and humidity we're used to in NYC.

It IS plenty hot enough, however, for a frozen cocktail, and I'm so stoked about this one. It's a pretty straight margarita recipe except I omitted the Cointreau or Triple Sec. You can add it in if you like it and have it around. I also added some ginger tea, because I love the combo of watermelon and ginger together, but you could absolutely omit it. The most important part is using frozen watermelon in lieu of any ice. It keeps the drink really juicy and flavorful and the texture is nice and thick from the fruit.

Cheers!
Meg

Frozen Ginger Watermelon Margarita

2 oz tequila (I used Espolon)
1 cup frozen cubed watermelon
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz ginger tea (recipe below).

To make ginger tea, cut a 3 inch piece of ginger into 1/8" slices. Boil in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Let cool and strain.

Cube watermelon, and put in the freezer overnight. 

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend, and serve with a watermelon and lime garnish. You can spoon into the glasses or if you want to get a little fancy, put the mixture in a ziplock, cut off a corner, and pipe it in!

photography by Jason Roth

Ladies' Negroni Party Photos

Thank you, thank you, to all the lovely and generous women who came out last night to my Negroni Week event, the Ladies’ Negroni Party in Brooklyn!! Over 50 women ate and drank at my neighborhood favorite, Krupa Grocery.

All proceeds from the night, including our raffle raised money for City Harvest. In a city where we are privileged enough to go out and drink amazing cocktails, folks don’t have enough food. City Harvest helps by reallocating food for supermarkets and restaurants to the hungry. I raise a glass to them.

Here are some photos taken by my friend (and the only man allowed at the event!), Jason Roth. Take special note of the Negroni COOKIES (!) that were made for us by Cookies for a Cause!

If you want to make your own Negronis, you can use the recipes here. And if you'd like to hear about future events, please follow me on Instagram and Facebook and sign up for our mailing list!

Thank you to Krupa Grocery, Dorothy Parker Gin, Campari America, Imbibe Magazine, and Cookies for a Cause for their donations and support. And extra big thanks to my girls, Erin O'Rourke and Alex Golden Flannery, for their hard work and moral support. 

You can still get our Negroni Pins here and help raise even more $$$ for City Harvest. They're backordered but will ship soon!

xo meg

A gallery of the Negroni drinkers... ;)

Negroni Recipes

Tonight, we're hosting our Ladies' Negroni Party at Krupa Grocery in Brooklyn in honor of Negroni Week where bars around the world serve Negronis to raise money for charity. I'm so pleased to be raising money for City Harvest this year, an organization whose mission is to redirect unused food from NYC's restaurants, supermarkets, etc. to feed our city's hungry. We've been selling Negroni pins and decanters. and our event will raise $ as well.

The cause is our #1 priority, but I'm also a bit of a Negroni fanatic, so we'll be serving 2 of the most classic Negroni variations: a classic Negroni and a Negroni Sbagliato. Here are the recipes. Happy drinking, friends, and thanks in advance to all of you who are coming out to support the cause!

xomeg

Negroni

1 oz gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain, and serve on the rocks with a long orange twist.

Negroni Sbagliato

1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Prosecco

Combine Campari and vermouth in a glass with ice. Add Prosecco and stir to combine. Garnish with an orange twist.