Last week, Serious Eats: Drinks was kind enough to do a piece about our bar program at Hearth, specifically the focus I decided to shine on New York spirits. Click here to read the article (and be sure to view the kick-ass slideshow by Alice Gau).
Since that fateful day six months ago, when I told our bar team I wanted to do an all New York-spirits cocktail list (and got a few questioning, half-blank stares in return), we’ve been swept up in the warm embrace of our NY brethren who toil away behind the still. The bar crew (Jarred Roth, Christine Wright and Patrick Green) jumped in with vigor and before we knew it, we had something damn cool on our hands—a cocktail list entirely comprised of spirits made in New York.
You see, these distillers from near-and-far of the city are eager to showcase their wares. Many have given up “safe” careers to turn their hobbies into full-blown, barely-lucrative passions. So we turned over our wee, 6-stooled bar to them; we gave them a stage. And for their work and dedication to grind it out, we salute them.
Drink local, people. Once you start turning over rocks in your own backyard, you’ll be surprised at what you can find…