BoozeMenus spoke with Christina Pettit from The Village Voice to get the inside scoop of what we can expect from the 1st Holiday Spirits Tasting Event being held on December 5th in Long Island City. Read on to find out why we can't wait!
BoozeMenus: We had such a great time at the Brooklyn Pour. Will this event be a similar?
Christina Pettit: We are so happy to hear that and yes, you are in luck! Holiday Spirits will be set up similarly to Brooklyn Pour but focused on the local New York City distillery scene and beyond. Guests will receive a souvenir tasting glass upon entrance to the event and have the opportunity to try unlimited samples from 25+ spirits and wine participants in addition to complimentary hors d'oeuvres.
BM: Will the cocktail recipes have a holiday themed focus?
CP: We are working closely with the participants and suggesting that their cocktails reflect a winter theme in addition to spirits served neat and on the rocks. Rest assured, they've already outdone themselves - Jack from Brooklyn is bringing his artisanal Sorel liqueur served hot, Owney's Rum will be serving a Hot Buttered Rum Runner and El Buho Mezcal is stirring up a holiday punch.
BM: Who do you expect to attract to this event?
CP: We are expecting a crowd that really appreciates and enjoys craft, locally-made artisanal spirits and wines. We anticipate that we'll see many familiar faces from our other events, Brooklyn Pour and Choice Eats, as well. Perhaps we'll even see a ghost from the Prohibition Era - after all, we are celebrating on the day of its repeal 80 years ago!
BM: How will you tie in the ‘End Of Prohibition’ theme to the event?
CP: The day Holiday Spirits is being held, December 5th, is actually the 80th anniversary of the end of the Prohibition Era. So we plan to celebrate that by hosting an array of distilleries that have opened throughout New York City and beyond since then and saluting how far we've come with a drink or five!
Our DJ Tim Martell will be spinning tunes to shake your tail feather to while The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn provide a 1920's/1930's live early jazz and swing ambiance with washboard percussion, stand-up bass and trumpet quartet.
There will also be a red carpet photobooth at the event where guests can snap a photo of themselves as a memoir of the evening.
BM: How many spirits do you plan to have in attendance?
CP: We plan to be in very good spirits for this event, offering samples from 25+ spirits and wineries.
BM: I know at the BK Pour, there were a few companies that really wowed the crowd with their innovative beers, can we expect any surprises from the Holiday Spirits?
CP: Yes, there will be many distilleries at Holiday Spirits that are the first distilleries to open in their respective New York City boroughs since Prohibition. They will all offer speciality spirits with an intriguing story and some surprises!
BM: The Village Voice events ALWAYS sell out. How many people can this event hold?
CP: You're right about that - we do always sell out each event! This event will be a little bit smaller and more intimate than our other events, so we strongly suggest to buy tickets now if you haven't already! Hint, hint...
BM: This sounds like it's going to be an unforgettable event!
CP: We're very excited to launch this new event in time for the holiday season. We know that New Yorkers all work hard extremely hard all year and the holidays can get a little crazy - we want everyone to take a well-deserved break and treat themselves by celebrating with a few cocktails while they gaze at the glittering Manhattan skyline.
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