You had to know it was coming: sustainable cocktails. While drinking had always had an element of blurring our consciousness, NYC’s new 18th Room wants to raise that consciousness at the same time.
This elegant, romantic new Chelsea lounge – from Dave Oz of next-door neighbor Bathtub Gin – does seem at first a rather serious, grown-up affair…with its moody-lighting, dark, velvety booths and jazz-leaning soundtrack. But Joseph Boroski’s drinks list is actually quite a lot of fun – and now he’s introduced several clever new tipples to take us through the rest of summer.
To wit, the ‘Quite Contrary’ is a clear bloody mary, served in a highball glass, with capers, peppercorns and topped with a Maine oyster; ‘Espresso Eggscellence’ adds housemade chocolate and vanilla liqueurs to vodka, garnished with a coffeed turkey egg (we’re not kidding). All are created with a “low waste,” eco-aware ideology, and complemented by dishes like steak tartare, steamed red snapper and little gem Waldorf bites.
Wanting to ride out the summer on a decadent (but responsible) note, we asked Boroski to share with us the magic behind a couple of his fave new eco-creations. Though we highly recommend sipping them in situ, in the 18th Room’s exquisite surrounds.
‘Two Bananas Walk Into a Bar’ (pictured top)
2oz House Made Banana Fat Washed Rum
1/2oz Lime Shrub
1/2oz House Made Banana Syrup
Instructions: Stirred in glass with ice and garnish with a dehydrated banana peel
1 1/2oz House Made Peach Brandy
1 1/2oz House Made Apple Brandy
1/2oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2oz Organic simple syrup
1/2oz of Aquafaba
Instructions: Dry Shake and pour into coupe