This week we talk cocktails, winter drinking, and skinny-dipping with one of New York’s leading cocktail aficionados, Selena Ricks-Good, founder of the noted cocktail-scene blog The Dizzy Fizz. Selena produces and hosts experiential cocktail events for connoisseurs and casual imbibers, writes extensively about cocktail culture, and knows a thing or two about where to find the best warm drinks for this frigid winter. Pour yourself a hot toddy while we chat with Selena…
NightOwl: What’s your favorite thing about writing about NYC cocktail culture?
Selena: New York sets the trends for cocktail culture around the country, so it’s always exciting to see what bartenders are doing and how the drinking public is responding. What I love about the cocktail scene in New York is the sense of community among bartenders– they really support each other and respect each other’s talents.
NightOwl: What inspired you to launch your own blog, Dizzyfizz.com?
Selena: In 2009 the cocktail scene in New York was just starting to go mainstream. I saw that there was a gap between the way that bloggers discussed cocktails in a very studious way, and the general nightlife crowd that was interested in cocktails in a more approachable way. So I started writing about the trends, the bartender lifestyle, and taking more of a macro viewpoint.
NightOwl: What’s your favorite cocktail, and who’s your favorite bartender to make it?
Selena: It’s too hard to choose, there are so many amazing bartenders and drinks that I’ve had. I love tiki drinks like the Mai Tai, but my standby is a classic Manhattan.
NightOwl: It’s 5 o’clock on Friday – where will we find you?
Selena: Probably playing games with my son. But when I get a night out with my husband or with my girlfriends, I always try to go someplace new. I’ll never lose my desire to keep up with as many bar and restaurant openings as I can. That’s part of the excitement of living in New York.
NightOwl: What are your top 3 NYC bars to spend the winter?
Selena: For the winter, I like to visit bars that are cozy, elegant, and maybe have warm drinks like a hot punch or mulled wine.
- Clover Club, 210 Smith St., Brooklyn NY
- Employees Only, 510 Hudson St., NY NY
- The NoMad Bar, 10 West 28th St., NY NY
NightOwl: What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened to you at a NYC bar?
Selena: I’ve hosted some really fun parties at New York bars, like Summit Bar in the East Village, where I held my first punch party in the middle of a snowstorm. But I had one particularly scandalous event at a rooftop gallery in Chelsea. Towards the end of the event, some of my guests discovered that there was a hidden hot tub on the patio, and just as the owners came to check on the event, they discovered these people were skinny dipping. I didn’t know who the guests were and I was completely mortified– I had no idea the venue had a hot tub!
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