50 Drinks Around the World

June 19, 2016

Hi There.

My name is Dan. I live, work, and play in New York City, but I’m on a mission to try 50 drinks around the world this year. Luckily, good food, interesting people, new adventures, and the general excitement of travel come along with that. Now, see what I’ve been drinking…

One Flight up the Monk – Top of the Monk – Asheville, NC

February 12, 2017

I found myself in Asheville, North Carolina for work recently. Asheville is located in western North Carolina, nestled just east of Tennessee at the foot of both the Great Smoky mountains. With a few meetings spaced over two days, I found myself with one night free, but I had one small problem. (more…)

Crematorium – Orphanage Cocktail Emporium – Cape Town, South Africa

January 17, 2017

By New Year’s Day, I had already been in South Africa for over a week and had my fair share of beer and cocktails, both standard and unusual. Although the endless drinking and fine dining was starting to wear on me, I was determined to make it to the Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, a cocktail bar I had looked up in advance of the trip. The Orphanage is on the corner of Orphan Street in the heart of Cape Town, so named because of a boy’s orphanage opened nearly 100 years ago just down the street.

Pomegranate Mojito – Bungalow – Camps Bay, Cape Town

On one of our first few nights in Cape Town, we had a late dinner planned downtown. With a few hours to kill, we decided to meet up with some newly made friends for a drink. Armed with only an address of where to meet, we grabbed an uber and began a scenic drive towards Camps Bay, a beautiful area of Cape Town on the base of the mountains overlooking the ocean. With the sun hanging low in the sky, our driver pulled up to Bungalow and we hopped out and headed towards the white cabanas.

Giant Gin Julep – Hudson’s – Johannesburg, South Africa

January 8, 2017

I recently spent a week and a half in South Africa. A great trip by all accounts – one in which I was overzealous in making sure I had a proper cocktail as often as I could. This was a bit difficult to do given a packed itinerary that involved many early mornings – but I would not be deterred!

Rabbit in the Cup – CLOUDS – Zurich, Switzerland

On my recent trip to South Africa, I gave myself a little “trip within a trip” by stopping in Zurich for about 12 hours. Although it was Christmas Eve and I expected that I might be jet lagged, I made plans to meet up with two of my friends from time spent in Zurich many years ago. They obliged and promised to take me for a cocktail in a city often more known for its beer.

Glitterball – Dead Rabbit Grocer & Grog – New York, NY

December 8, 2016

When you’re about to visit the “World’s Best Bar”, you begin to develop notions about what that bar might be like, the drinks it might serve, and the crowd it might attract. Will it serve beer or cocktails? Will it retain its original character? Will it attract only enthusiasts seeking it out or seasoned locals as well? In the months since being declared the World’s Best Bar for the 2nd straight year, I sought to find out for myself, and finally visited Dead Rabbit Grocer & Grog over the weekend.

Black Sparrow – Libertine – Indianapolis, IN

November 25, 2016

Spending time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday is a sacred tradition. I love the copious amounts of delicious homemade food, watching football, and lazing away the winter days on the couch. I am spending this Thanksgiving with my family in Indianapolis, and despite the food coma that seems like it set in the moment I touched down in Indy, I was determined as ever to make it to a cocktail bar to see and sip the best that Indy’s bartenders had to offer.

Free Witch – The Hideout – Seattle, WA

November 15, 2016

Seattle is well known for its coffee culture, with the highest number of coffee shops per capita and the original home of caffeine behemoth Starbucks. Little is often said about Seattle’s cocktail culture, and possibly for good reason. Cocktail lounges in Seattle are few and far between but when a good one can be found, it’s a treasure, much like a sunny day after weeks of rain.

Blacktail NYC – Review on Cocktail Enthusiast

Since I live in New York, I constantly struggle with the decision to spend time at bars that I know and love versus exploring new ones. Blacktail has been at the top of my list of new bars to check out since it opened over the summer, and I finally took some time to visit with my cousin a few weeks ago.

I have so much to say about Blacktail and how much I enjoyed it, but this time around, my experience and thoughts about Blacktail have been shared on Cocktail Enthusiast. Please take a moment to read the full review, now live on Cocktail Enthusiast!

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Marco Polo – The Punch Room – Charlotte, NC

October 18, 2016

I had such a great experience at the Punch Room that I am reviewing another drink from my visit last weekend. If you haven’t already read about the Sour in Spanish Harlem, I’d suggest you take a detour to that review first as it sets the scene of the beautifully-appointed Punch Room and the service I received there.