Jordan Ricasa (@mokesboy) of @fhstationhouse didn't have to look far from his neighborhood to find inspiration: "My cocktail draws inspiration from journalist and activist Jane Jacobs. Once referred to as a 'crazy dame' for her rabble rousing, she was well known for protecting vibrant communities like the West Village from so-called 'slum clearance,' and was most notable for being instrumental in the cancellation of urban planner Robert Moses' proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway — a road that would have destroyed iconic neighborhoods such as SoHo and Little Italy.
Without these neighborhoods, casual exchanges of ideas and inspiration would not have been possible. Given that Manhattan is one of, if not THE hub of the resurgence of craft cocktail culture, our industry wouldn't exist if not for the courage displayed by Jane, and her recognition of the importance of diverse and vibrant urban communities.
The Crazy Dame's components are inspired by Manhattan's more endearing name, The Big Apple." INGREDIENTS
A conservative barspoon of horseradish
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz Marie Brizard Cassis de Dijon
1.5 oz @HendricksGin
In a mixing glass, muddle 33 grams of Granny Smith apple slices
Shake/double-strain into a chilled Nick and Nora glass
Garnish with 2 thin apple slices and rosemary sprig
1 spray Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters
Ricasa's cocktail will be featured at the #ToastToHerstory competition at this year's Tales of the Cocktail, where attendees will have the opportunity to sample each finalist's drink and vote on the winner. For a chance to show your support for the great women of history (while sipping on some incredible cocktails), you can buy tickets for the event here.
Going to try and be healthy this weekend.
Baby steps, folks... Baby steps...
1.5 oz. Gin
.5oz St. Germain
Fresh celery juice
Fresh cucumber juice
Mint sprig garnish
Happy #nationalhydrationday ! 1/2 your body weight in fluid ounces. I ldont know about you, but I struggle to drink that much. It helps me if I flavor it with different things like lemon, lime, orange, cucumbers and sometimes even a drop of ingestible essential oil. Mmmmm, peppermint! #hydrate#intentionallyeat