NYC Cider Bar Wassail — Exploring America’s Fastest Growing Alcoholic Beverage

On this On Foodable Side Dish, brought to you by the Foodable Network, NYC video correspondent Colleen Hagerty takes us to Wassail, a comprehensive cider bar — housing 95 varieties — located in Manhattan’s lower east side.

Why did Wassail co-owners Ben Sandler & Jennifer Lim decide to showcase cider throughout its seasonal food menu (including the bread)? How do winter cider-maker karma rituals play a part in Wassail’s decor?

Watch the full episode as Colleen explores the Wassail concept further — from the kitchen to a FOH tasting — and dives into a bigger topic: What is it about cider that has caused it to become the fastest growing alcoholic beverage in America right now?

Mix It Up: Flavorful, Creative Cocktails at the Argyle

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It’s Happy Hour! Enjoy this kick off to Across the Bar Season 3! In this episode of Across the Bar, brought to you by the Foodable Network, host Paul Barron slides across the counter from the taciturn but talented Chris Hewes at the Argyle located in Los Angeles. This bartending guru creates three cocktail concoctions that explode with flavor in every drop. The drinks featured are the the “Smoked Negroni,” complete with rose hip and rose-flower-infused dry vermouth, “The Hampton Island Tonight,” a mix of amaro, taverna, apparel, vodka and more, as well as “Berries on Fire,” which tantalize the taste buds with raspberries, strawberries, and lemon garnishing alcohol. Watch the full video to see how you can quench your thirst.

Constructing a World-Class Beer List

Constructing a World-Class Beer List

By Fred Crudder, Industry Brew Expert

It’s official: high-quality, real, flavorful beer is hotter than ever before. If this is news to you, well, then, let me welcome you to what we here call “Planet Earth.” Hopefully, you come in peace. But if you came here with an insatiable appetite for human flesh, may I recommend the wine drinkers over there? We beer drinkers, based on our propensity for hops, tend to be a little bitter. You wouldn’t like us at all. But the wine drinkers are very juicy. Eat them.

All joking aside, if you are in the restaurant business, you already know that good beer is where it’s at these days. What you might not know is how you can craft a beer list that shows the beer lovers of the world that you know your stuff when it comes to suds. It’s no simple task, but just like a well-chosen wine list, the right beer list can tell your customers a lot about your place. Whether you run a corner pub, a casual restaurant or a white-tablecloth dining room, you need to pick your beers carefully. And I’m here to show you how.   

Identify Your Identity

Who are you and who are your customers? Your beer list needs to reflect who you are and it needs to make sense to the people you serve. Do you serve upscale, Asian fusion to middle-aged suburbanites? Probably wouldn’t need to go too heavy on the dark and mysterious Belgian ales. Are you doing traditional Italian fare? Then you might not need too many of those IPAs you’ve been hearing so much about. But by choosing beers that make sense, you can offer your guests a beer list that shows a great deal of forethought and consideration, regardless of your restaurant’s concept.

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The Rise of Specialty Gin and Tonics

The Rise of Specialty Gin and Tonics

By Natalie Migliarini, Foodable Contributor

In recent years, the classic cocktail trend of the gin and tonic has been on the rise.  It is a simple drink that can be made at home or consistently made at any bar around the world.  Not only are bartenders embracing these trends but they are also responding by offering gin and tonic menus.  

These menus are laced with specialty and house made tonics and a wide variety of gins.  This allows guest to customize their gin and tonics by mixing and matching the gin and tonics based on their preferences, as well as bartender-made specialty gin and tonic cocktails.

The Winslow, NYC

This East Village bar and eatery is inspired by British public houses.  This bar offers guests the opportunity to customize their gin and tonic cocktail based on their flavor preferences.  They showcase four specialty tonics including Q-Tonic, Fentimans, Fevertree, and a house made tonic. Guests can choose one of the above tonics to pair with their choice of nine different gins from around the world.  These nine gins have tasting notes that help guests decide what flavor profile they would like to drink.  

Some of these include:

  • Spring 44 Gin: Mid palate of cinnamon with a finish of lavender from Colorado

  • Brooklyn Gin: A citrus heavy, elegant gin with notes of mellow juniper and rosemary

  • Bull Dog Gin: Coriander, juniper with subtle citrus make this British gin unique

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