Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Final Ward at the Bleecker Street Bar

We've recently had the pleasure of having two of the leading ladies of the New York City mixology scene helping us out while Rhea recovers from her fight with Cancer. Both Natasha David of the new lounge Nitecap (120 Rivington Street, NY NY 212-466-3361) and Katie Stipe have been working Friday nights for us at the Bleecker Street Bar and we thank them both for the work they've put in. Katie brought in her tools of the trade and made us a cocktail this past Friday night that was created by her beau Phil Ward of Death & Co. and my favorite Mayahuel (to name a few).

The Final Ward is an adapation of the classic cocktail The Last Word (gin, maraschino liqueur, green chartreuse and lime juice). In his version, Ward substitutes the gin for whiskey and the lime juice for lemon juice. Katie used the Bulleit Rye Whiskey in the cocktail that she made for us. This is the recipe listing for the Final Ward cocktail from Diffords Guide.com:
The Final Ward
¾ shot Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond
¾ shot Green Chartreuse liqueur
¾ shot Luxardo maraschino liqueur
¾ shot Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
The Final Ward is a very light and refreshing cocktail. I have never had a cocktail that contained green chartreuse and though the liqueur is a whopping 110 proof, the cocktail didn't seem overpowered. The rye whiskey and the lemon juice blend in nicely together. I wish we carried both the green chartreuse and maraschino liqueur so I can make this cocktail more often. Guess I have to try and find some bottles to make some here at home.

Here's Chuck and I rocking our kool-aid smiles with a taste of the Final Ward.

Thanks again to Katie for the awesome cocktail and to her and Natasha for all the help these past few months. It is greatly appreciated. Rhea is currently back to her normal Sunday day shift and will be working the next two Friday night shifts along with Pete. Feel free to come in and show her some love. 

Until Then Happy Drinking,
Sisco Vanilla