You saw what can happen in Kansas City when America’s best get on the pitch together. Now, it’s time to see what happens when 12 of America’s best get behind the bar in the Power & Light District. We can’t fit 20,000 people in the Kill Devil Club, but we sure can try.
Mixtapes and Mixology — a collaboration between The Recommended Daily and the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival — is this Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kill Devil (31 E 14th Street). We’ve asked 12 mixologists [Affare’s Chelsea Almeida, The American’s Paige Unger, Bar Rosso’s Kenny Cohrs, Coco Bolo’s Ryan Rama, Julep’s Scott Tipton, Justus Drugstore’s Zachary Snyder, Liquid Minded Concepts’ Mark Church, Manifesto’s Courtney Crockett, Port Fonda’s Caitlin Corcoran, The Rieger’s Jenn Tosatto, Tannin’s Arturo Vera-Felicie, and Voltaire’s Ryan Miller] to put together cocktails based on a track from a local band. The tracks will be played throughout the night before Loaded Goat takes the stage for a live performance around 10 p.m. Tickets (which include a taste of all 12 cocktails and some light appetizers) are $25 and available here. They’re also available at the door.
The audience will get to hear from the mixologists and try all 12 cocktails, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek at a few of the featured drinks. The cocktail pictured at the top of this post is Sweeney’s Pride, made by The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange’s Jenn Tosatto. Here’s the recipe based on The Late Night Callers‘ “Straightrazor.”
“Sweeney’s Pride” A Fleet Street Original
1 1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand Ambre cognac
1 oz blood orange juice
3/4 oz homemade cherry cordial [dive in here] 10 drops burlesque bitters
Shake and double strain into a coupe. Garnish with a channeled orange twist.
Port Fonda’s Caitlin Corcoran has spent the past week digging into the Grand Marquis’ catalogue. And she found inspiration in “Bed of Nails.”
“Since the grand marquis are prohibition swing jazz, I thought why not do a modern classic,too?,” Corcoran says. “This recipe is based on the cocktail “Between the Sheets.” I wanted a cocktail that would be refreshing during song breaks. Since the Grand Marquis are such an energetic, lively act they attract lots of dancers. This cocktail is boozy, but thirst quenching.”
1 oz dry curaçao
.75 oz cognac
.75 oz rum
Topped with sparkling lemonade
Get your tickets here or at the door.[Images via Brandon Cummins]