As a martini lover, I wasn’t sure when I received the invite to attend the George Dickel Raising the Bar party at 82Mercer (82 Mercer St.) in SoHo. But, the half dozen of New York City’s best bartenders made a believer out of me. I love whisky!
Inside the rustic space, which was turned into a down south speakeasy with long wooden benches you’d typically see at a backyard barbeque, there were dozens of barrels (for decoration of course) and tons of whisky cocktails, designed by George Dickel Master Distiller John Lunn and Master of Whisky Gerry Graham.
My favorite cocktail of the evening was the Tennessee Rose Punch, which is a mix of Dickel Rye, lemon juice, ginger syrup, raspberry syrup, Amaro Nonino, Ruby Slipper Tea and Club Soda. It’s the perfect punch for one who likes to sip but not taste alcohol. It was pretty much my answer to my martini — girly and refreshing.
Another favorite was the Pearfectly Country cocktail, which featured Dickel Rye, Clear Creak Pear Brandy, Cocci Amerciano, lemon juice, simple syrup and a dash of absinthe. Okay, let’s face it — I really just wanted to taste the absinthe. But don’t worry, I didn’t see any fairy’s or think I was floating. The absinthe was just for taste, but I did feel a little dangerous.
Guests also enjoyed traditional southern fare such as mini chicken and dumplins, pulled pork sliders and baked beans.