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Interesting Places to Take Your Date
We’ve all been there–combing through old memories of restaurants, venues, and music spots, searching for just those that are appropriate places to take your new “friend.” It must be suave, thoughtful, classic–not an evening at Shake Shack and the local AMC.
How can you get creative amidst a city with every possibility fathomable? Expectations are high and economies are tight. Sometimes a little planning and brainstorming will do just the trick to woo the one you’re pining after:
Fight or flight. Indulging in a good bourbon or whiskey can be a hit or miss, depending on how aggressive you want to get (pun intended). Try taking your special friend to a Whiskey Bar for a Flight Sample. For under $100, you can indulge in a whiskey sampler that will ensure a few hours of intimate conversation and sultry evening glances.
The cool thing about it too, is even if the date doesn’t work out, you’ll still have high-end, select bourbons and whiskeys to add to your palate. “Have you ever tried…?” is a great conversation starters in the “real world,” including bartenders, new dates, and bourbon connoisseurs everywhere.
BAR AND BOOKS
889 1st Avenue
@ 50th Street, New York 10022
Tel.: 212 758 6600
Not your everyday collection. Instead of taking your date to that over-saturated art gallery with hordes or tourists, try to switch it up a bit this fall season. Museums with rotating collections are best, because you always know that you are one of the limited few that will get to glimpse _____.
TIP: Try Museum of the City of New York. It features 19-20th century memorabilia. “Today the Museum’s collection contains approximately 750,000 objects, including prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia.”
Fall picnic at the park. Bring along the following essentials: two types of gourmet cheese–one hard/ one soft, maybe one with truffles, one without, etc, a bottle of French red wine, a loaf of ciabatta bread, one blanket, checkered red and white napkins, a pre-programmed iPod with classical music, a Robert Frost poetry book, and a canister of Apple Cider (optional flask of bourbon to accompany).
Pick your ensemble carefully–focusing on autumnal tones like deep red and navy, orange and green. Think wool sweaters, jewel-toned beanies or old fashioned driving hats, and don’t forget the suspenders.
TIP: Try a fragrant garden in the park somewhere, under an Oak or Willow tree. Finding random eucalyptus and pine trees always a plus. Bring binoculars for bird watching and a .PDF of any bird watchers book.
What Your Drink Says About You
PBR: Low maintenance and will go for anything. Looking for something quick, easy deal, and cheap–maybe even in your women as well. Not cool.
Craft Beer: A man who knows what he wants/someone who is not cheap. Likes to try new things. Adventurous. Beer comes in many variations, styles, and brands. So when a man orders a local/craft beer at a bar, any bar, it shows good taste. There’s almost nothing worse than a man who drinks Natural Light or PBR at a nightclub or restaurant.
Whiskey, up/on rocks: A man’s man. Rugged. Tough. A confident, no fuss, laid back kind of guy. It’s alright if it’s mixed with a little coke too, but it’s always better if you can handle the scotch/bourbon/whiskey straight up, with no fluff. Sip slowly. Can be followed/mixed with a light or craft beer.
Vodka with mixer: A lady’s man. You’re in the clear. Stay away from too many garnishes (cherries, oranges, limes, etc) and fancy straws. Other than that, you’re good.
Gin with mixer: An “old world’ kind of guy. Older gentleman. Stuck in the 1930s. Debatable. We’re still trying to figure out who this Gin guy is…
Martini (vodka): You’re questionable. If it’s a Gin martini, it can be appropriate on a date. A martini, for a gentlemen, is never acceptable at a dive bar or a local restaurant spot. It is okay if you’re at a lounge, an upscale restaurant/bar and are possibly wearing a tie. Seeing a guy in jeans, at a dive bar, drinking a martini with extra olives is just…wrong.
Wine: Either a Snob or Worldly. Wine is suitable for men on a date under limited circumstances. The first one is you must or should be eating a meal with this wine. White for a fish (white meat, pasta, etc) dish, red for a steak (red meat) dish. It signifies that you are a classy, well-rounded, worldly man who knows how to enjoy his food and get the best out of his meal. It is not, however, recommended that you drink wine alone or order it while sitting at a bar stool, unless you are at a wine tasting. Also, when the cork is presented to you and you are to sample the first sip, do not go overboard on the swishing, gurgling, and aromatic gesturing–it’s just obnoxious, not to mention a major turn off.
Soda/Coke/Ginger ale alone: You’re a recovered alcoholic, drug addict, reformed party-er. If not, what are you doing at a bar? And more importantly, why don’t you drink? If it’s because of religion, maybe you shouldn’t be a bar in the first place…
The sun sets much later in the evening, the air has a distinct clean chill, the ground crunches when you walk…yes, fall is here. So imagine coming home from work after a long day, to find one of these tantalizing cocktails waiting for you. Embrace the new season with a series of spiced drinks to warm your spirits in the upcoming chilly evenings.
1. The Pumpkin Martini
Everyone seems to love the Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte, so why enjoy that same fall taste with vodka. This recipe is very easy, assuming you have a strainer, tumbler, and can get your hands on some pumpkin spice liquor. But if the Pumpkin Spiced Latte is your favorite, it may be a good seasonal investment to purchase Pumpkin liquor. Here’s how you make it, recipe courtesy of About.com:
- 1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
- 2 oz vanilla vodka
- 1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
- 1 tsp whipped cream
- cinnamon stick for garnish
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- Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup.
- Shake again.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
2. Yamazaki Autumn Delight
This drink can either be served cold or warm! The fresh cinnamon stick adds a little kick of flavor while remaining a perfect fall-esque garnish. If you can’t find the Japanese Whiskey, use a mellow Scotch.
- 2 oz Yamazaki 12 year old whiskey
- 6 oz Apple Cider
- Fresh cinnamon
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake and strain into an ice filled old-fashioned glass.
- Dust with fresh cinnamon.
- Garnish with 2 apple slices and a cinnamon stick.
3. Herb’s Harvest
The refreshing taste of rosemary is showing up not just at the dinner table, but behind the bar table as well. This recipe uses Rosemary Infused Vodka and is a modern cocktail with an herbal twist. Fresh ingredients are best for full flavor:
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- 2 parts Herb’s Rosemary vodka
- 1/2 part pear puree
- 1/2 part lemon juice
- 1/4 part almond syrup
- 3/4 part cranberry juice (optional)
- sprig of rosemary for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.