Food, Wine & Spirits NYC. Blue Owl Taps the Seasoned Drinker in Us

April 20, 2009 • Lifestyle


Being what I call a “seasoned drinker,” I enjoy when bars and restaurants offer up seasonal cocktails that aren’t your typical fair. Yes, I know a Mojito tastes minty delicious during a sticky summer day and a Hot Toddy serves to warm my innards during NYC’s harshest winter nights—but it’s all so expected. In steps Blue Owl, a hip little underground (literally) bar on Second Avenue (between 12th and 13th Blue_owl_gpiedmonte_2009_224 Streets), which has captured the taste buds of CityGuide for “Best Cocktails” two years in a row and boasts a serious list of champion cocktails. Blue Owl believes in switching its tastes with the seasons, and I attended the launch of its Spring 2009 Cocktail list served up by mixologist Charles Hardwick.

I balked at the fact that a fair amount of the drink list contained gin; I’m simply not a gin drinker, which I divulged at least twice to the cocktail server. But after downing the signature Blue Owl, a deliciously sweet variation on the classic “Aviation” (and ripe with gin) I was sold.

The signature Blue Owl, of course, wasn’t a new spring offering, so I committed myself to plowing through at least three of the new additions, and I’m glad I did. Hardwick is masterful at layering flavors; many drinks left unexpected aftertastes. What I enjoyed most: The new items for spring presented refreshingly light, yet packed some potency—just what a seasoned drinker desires. And, I should note: Though I drank four cocktails in the course of an hour and a half, I had zero hangover the next morning. Praise Blue Owl!

The ones to drink up (recipes below): The Marpessa, made in honor of Marpessa Dawn, the actress and co-star of the 1960’s Brazilian film Black Orpheus, and The Rube, a tribute to Andrew Rube Foster, former Red Sox pitcher and founder of the Negro National League in 1920.

The Marpessa:Blue_owl_gpiedmonte_2009_167
1 oz Cabana Cachaca
.75 oz Orchard Pear liqueur
.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Aloe Vera Extract
Combine with ice in cocktail shaker; shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with thinly sliced lime wheel.

The Rube:
1.25 oz Plymouth Sloe Gin
.75 oz Lillet Rouge
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Splash of Soda
.5 oz Fresh Orange Juice
Combine with ice in cocktail shaker; shake and serve in a tall glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.

—Karie L. Frost

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One Response to Food, Wine & Spirits NYC. Blue Owl Taps the Seasoned Drinker in Us

  1. Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to try it tonight 🙂

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