This. Saturday. Is. Going. To. Be. Epic. Why, you ask? Oh, let us count the reasons (it's a trifecta).
1. Cinco de Mayo. A terrific excuse to drown your sorrows in delicious tart and salty margaritas.
2. The Kentucky Derby. The only day it’s socially acceptable to sling back bourbon and bet on ponies while donning a ginormous head topper.
3. The SUPERMOON. That’s a full moon that’s 12% bigger and brighter than a typical full moon due to its close proximity to the Earth.
Given these three things, rest assured the crazies will be out in full force (do you have any idea how handsy moon worshippers get after five Mint Juleps?). Which means you can either join them at the bar or hide from them at home. Either way, do yourself a favor and enjoy one of these cocktail mashups created especially for this very rare alignment by some of New York’s best mixologists.
Moonshines Over Kentucky, Courtesy Nick Bennett of Momofuku's Booker and Dax 8 drops/2 dashes Bittermens Hellfire Shrub 2 Barspoons of peach brandy .75 Cocchi Americano .75 Lillet Rosé 1.5 Kings County Moonshine Stir and serve it up.
The Bramble Gamble, Courtesy Mamrie Hart of You Deserve A Drink 2 oz *spicy Tequila Juice of one lime 6 fresh blackberries 6-8 mint Leaves 1 oz. simple syrup Place lime juice, raspberries, and mint leaves in a high ball glass and muddle together. Add ice, spicy tequila and simple syrup and shake vigorously. Pour into a chilly up glass and garnish with a blackberry or mint sprig. *Spicy tequila: Split one scotch bonnet in half and throw into a mason jar of silver tequila, turning upside down every 5 minutes. It will be ready after only 30 minutes! Be sure to strain out the pepper or it will continue to infuse. Spice level can be altered by letting it infuse longer to make it spicier or make it milder with a less spicy pepper like a jalapeno. *Helpful tip: if you don't feel like making simple syrup, just top the drink with a lemon lime soda instead of club soda. It does the job of both.
Available at L'Artusi, 228 W. 10th Street, between Hudson and Bleecker Streets. El Caballo 2.5 oz of bourbon The juice of 1 lime 0.5 oz of agave syrup Muddled mint Shake and pour over mezcal-rinsed ice with sprig of mint.
The GOODNIGHT MOON Courtesy Mamrie Hart of You Deserve A Drink 3 oz *chamomile gin Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 oz of lavender simple syrup One egg white 1 oz cream Club soda Combine all the ingredients and shake vigorously for one minute. Add ice to shaker and shake for another 3 minutes. (The longer you shake, the frothier it will be.) Pour into a highball, and lighten it with a splash of club soda. Top your cocktail cloud with a full circle slice of lemon. This will be your moon, duh. *Chamomile Gin: Simply place a couple of chamomile tea bags in an air tight container, fill with gin, and seal. Will be ready for drinking in 3 hours. *Lavender Simple Syrup: Find fresh lavender in the produce section of a fancy grocery store. Simmer on heat with a cup of sugar and cup of water for 10 minutes. Strain. If you can't find lavender, St Germain's Elderflower Liquor is a nice flavor substitute.