We admit we never imagined it was possible – but could SoHo nightlife be back?
Enter into evidence A.L.B., the swanky new lobby bar slotted into the stylish Arlo SoHo hotel – which is at least the third or fourth SoHo hotel bar we expect to be spending time in this spring. Having just officially opened, it’s already stirring up a buzz, and for good reason: the drinks selection boasts a total of 24 unique signature cocktails, designed to take you on a sensory-filled, virtual NYC journey.
The liquid menu, by Arlo Hotels’ Food & Beverage Director Gary Wallach, is inspired by the city’s subway line, with specific stops and iconic Gotham experiences reflected in their clever boozy creations. It’s broken down into four sections, each symbolizing specific neighborhoods.
Take a trip Downtown with the 80s Rock Tee Cocktail and his other elixir friends, designed to remind you of NYC clubbing’s musical glory days. Then be transported to Midtown, where you can ponder your Times Square Swizzle without a middle-aged man in a Dora the Explorer costume (if you know, you know) hovering over you. The menu continues on its NYC marathon, heading on Uptown, and then safely arriving back in SoHo – where the tequila based Knockoff Hand Bag will remind you of that enduring Canal Street chutzpah.
Sure, it’s a little gimmicky – but the artful presentations are equally playful, beautiful and delicious. And Wallach was kind enough to exclusively share the secrets behind a few of his best geographical liquid creations – though we can’t recommend strongly enough sipping them in situ, in the A.L.B.‘s exceedingly stylish but comfy surrounds.
Exclusive Cocktail Recipes from A.L.B.
Illegal Poker Game
Inspiration: “Ever been to an illegal poker game down in Chinatown? Me neither. But anytime in my life I ventured down a staircase, through an alley, into a hole-in-the-wall type Chinese restaurant, I always assumed somewhere was a secret door where a poker game was happening. Next to the whiskey, I assume they might be drinking this…maybe.”
1.5 oz. Shiso infused Absolut Elyx Vodka
1.5 oz. K-G-L cordial (equal parts ginger syrup, kalamansi juice, and lychee syrup)
.50 oz. Lime juice
3 dashes Thai Chile Tincture
Glassware: Double Rocks Glass
Garnish: 3 Dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters over the Ice, Shiso Leaf, Ginger Candy
Method: Put all ingredients into a small tin. Add a small amount of crushed ice and whip until you no longer hear the ice moving. This should aerate the drink without over dilution. Strain over crushed ice. Add more crushed ice to create a cone and garnish.
Times Square Swizzle
Inspiration: “Here’s to the random dancing, unwanted collisions from text walking, and all the other reasons we get mixed up in weird things in midtown Manhattan.”
.75 oz. Jack Daniels Rye
.75 oz. Parce 3 year Rum
.75 oz. Hennessy Cognac
.75 oz. Ancho Chile Tropic Cordial
.25 oz. mint syrup
.75 oz. lime juice
.25 oz. pineapple juice
2 dashes angostura bitters
8 mint leaves
Glassware: Wine Glass
Garnish: Mint Sprig, Dehydrated Pineapple slice, powdered sugar
Method: Put all ingredients into a small tin, add some crushed ice. Whip the drink until the crushed ice has melted, and dump into glass. Continue to add ice and create a cone on top. Garnish.
Inspiration: “Sharks vs. Jets…should remind you of West Side Story.”
.75 oz. El Jimador Blanco
.75 oz. Clement VSOP Rhum Agricole
.75 oz. Lemon Juice
.5 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
.5 oz. lemongrass syrup
.75 oz. green apple Juice
Bar spoon oz. Amaro Nonino
Glassware: Double Rocks
Garnish: Mint Sprig, Grated Cinnamon
Method: Put all ingredients into a small tin. Add a small amount of crushed ice and whip until you no longer hear the ice. Dump into glass, and add crushed ice creating a cone on top. Garnish.
Inspiration: “Sometimes it’s the things we want nothing to do with that end up being more memorable than we could imagine. This recipe is inspired by a traditional cocktail known as the El Presidente.”
1 oz. Flor de Cana rum
1 oz. Remy Martin 1738
.5 oz. Martini & rossi dry vermouth
.25 oz. grand mariner
Bar spoon Giffard Banana Liqueur
Bar spoon House made grenadine
Glassware: Nick & Nora Glass
Garnish Orange Twist, Discarded
Method: Put all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir. Once at proper dilution pour into glass. Garnish.