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Where: NY Cocktail Expo: a cocktail oasis, a fun day with friends, a tipsy time

Updated: Aug 29, 2018

conversations everywhere at the New York Cocktail Expo

What better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon than cocktail tasting with friends? The New York Cocktail Expo serves the latest and greatest in spirits, cocktails, and beer—and thanks to our generous pals at the #nycocktailexpo Wine and Where received special VIP treatment.

The expo took place in Long Island City, about a 10 minute car ride from the LIC ferry stop, a fun day trip to make from Brooklyn. (About us: we can always use an excuse to explore on the #nycferry). We were invited to enter Melrose Ballroom a bit before the general crowd rushed in at 3pm and were able to receive an exclusive pre-tasting of what was about to go down…a lot of drinking! The exhibitors were super friendly and happy to talk about the ingredients of the cocktails, answer any questions, and pose for photos. There were some brands that listed the drink ingredients at their tables in case you were a fan and wanted to remake them.

Here's one: the adorable & tasty Flamingo Frenzy cocktail made with Casa Magdalena Rum

The drinks were interesting and there was a good variety of sweet, sour, tart, and just plain strong! You can stick to one or try them all…and we went all in. We explored a good variety of spirits: gins, rums, whiskies, tequilas, and discovered a standout vodka: Fair Quinoa Vodka (yes we said quinoa and it was so good!) there was even a tasty rosé cider (did someone say rosé?!) called Virtue Cider. We love a good margarita and the Partida Tequila is on our list for the next Mexican food night. There were professional mixologists everywhere: shout out to the talented chick mixologist at the Cask & Crew table for her dry ice magical touch on the roasted orange whisky. There were Local Queens brunch favorites in the building such as Sanfords, Forest Hills Station House, and The Bonnie: all which showcased their unique and popular cocktails. There were some buzzy hot spots around like the recently opened Broken Shaker at the Freehand hotel which we’ve been to in NY; and is for sure the go to summer destination (do visit if you love a good rooftop view!)—or the popular and talked about tiki cocktail bar, Mother of Pearl that served strong, vibrant, Jamaican Rum Fire. (The crew was serving cute, bright looks as well).

We also walked away with some fun giveaways like The Murph's: Famous Bloody Mary mix.

Good organizational skills can be tough when planning any event, so it was super helpful we received details the morning of the expo. We were told to eat beforehand (good to know!) although the tacos from Pinks made for a quick and delicious bite. We were also glad that water to hydrate, and electrolytes from Vita Coco to replenish in between and after tastings was an easy find.

Overall it was a cool experience and whether you walk out with a list of places in mind to check out, revisit again, cocktails to remake, or just simply tipsy—it was a Sunday well spent.

Our friends even discovered the signature cocktail they would like to remake to be served at   their wedding. It's a new one by Empress 1908 Gin called: "Prepare to be Empressed," and impressed we were because it won 1st place for best cocktail. 

Here’s the recipe: 

1.5 oz Empress 1908 Gin

0.25 oz Italicus

0.5 oz Lime Juice

0.5 oz Rosemary infused simple syrup

Method: Shake, strain into a chilled coupe

Rosemary sprig garnish

It's pretty and tasty AF.

We hope to see these brands again nexSave the date for next year: Sunday, August 18, 2019 and stay tuned for updates here.

Wine and Where is planning on being there.

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