If you’re anything like us, you probably still make New Year’s resolutions that you have no hope of actually keeping. Oh, you’re going to go get up early to hit the gym before work, you say? Yeah, and so is everyone else for the first two weeks of January. Plan to stop hooking up with your friends? No, for real this time. Suuuuuure. If you want to peep how they ring in the New Year in countries you wished you were going to travel to this year, check this out:
¡Hola Amigos! For this week’s Nightcap exclusive, we’re excited to sit down and have a drink with Neil Grosscup, the CEO and maker of Tanteo Tequila. Tanteo takes ultra premium blanco tequila and infuses it with fresh peppers, putting a modern twist on tradition, and lending itself to some amazing cocktails. Grab a seat and a spicy margarita as we dive into Neil’s story.
NightOwl: What was your journey to the spirits world?
NightOwl recently met with celebrated chef David Burke at his new upscale restaurant, Tavern62. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America,David has run numerous critically acclaimed restaurants, including Park Avenue Café, davidburke & donatella, Fishtail by David Burke and David Burke Townhouse.
Pour yourself a stiff drink and hit “play” as we share a video nightcap with world-leading spirit expert and author, Heather Greene, as she shares the top five questions she’s most often asked when it comes to drinking whiskey.
Take a sip of history as we discuss the Speakeasy. There’s something alluring about a secret place. Someone tips you off, and just like that, you’re into another world.
Back in the days of Prohibition, if you wanted a drink, you’d most likely find yourself in a speakeasy, an illicit establishment that sold booze, often found “underground” in a garage, a basement or attic; even disguised as soda shops, cafes, and entertainment venues. The name “speakeasy” came about to keep these secret places from the authorities – therefore, the need to whisper or “speak easy” when discussing your drinking plans. The only way to gain access to a speakeasy was to know the address and the password of the night. Sometimes it took a special handshake, or you had to tap-out a secret knock on the door. After Prohibition, speakeasies largely disappeared, but in the past decade, they have seen a resurgence. Use today’s NightOwl trending list to experience top ranked drinking dens across the country that do their best to evoke the mood of the past.
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Tonight we share a Nightcap with architect and avid imbiber – Emily Arden Wells. We were intrigued to learn about her blog, Gastronomista.com, a website focused on the culture of cocktails where Emily shares her take on delicious treasures, tipples, and trips around the world. The Gastronomista has been featured in many publications including The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Glamour, Company, Saveur, Gilt Taste, Eater, Coolhunting, Food Republic, Forbes, and much more. She was even featured in a national Blackberry Commercial with the food lovers app, UrbanSpoon and in Ms. Lesley M.M. Blume’s ode to the cocktail, Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition – Emily was named an “Epic Imbiber and Bon Vivant.” Kudos to you, Emily!
NightOwl:As an architect by day and avid drinker by night, tell us about Gastronomista – how and why you started the blog, how long you’ve been writing about cocktail culture, and what a typical day looks like for you?