Manhattan Cocktail Classic Descends Upon New York
By Noah Michelson
Beefeater's Brand Ambassador Dan Warner managed to look cool and collected as he served up a lovely Summer Punch featuring the new elderflower-inflected Beefeater 24.
But soon enough the heat had Warner was down to his shirtsleeves. Conveniently he had some branded wristbands on hand that sold the product rather nicely.
Unflappable and composed even in sweltering heat, Beefeater's Master Distiller Desmond Payne, here with the uncommonly well-liked Jason Litrell of off-duty bartender hangout The Randolph, a popular post-party destination later that hat evening.
Maker's Mark Stephen Yorsz somehow managed to look cool and authentically period . The sips of the sublime as-yet unreleased Maker's 46 he shared with select guests may have helped-you heard it here first, this is the most exciting new spirit for summer.
If United States Ambassadors worked a saucy a look as these brand ambassadors, our foreign policy might yield quite different results. L-R: Lisa Hare of Sailor Jerry, Jaime Salas of Milagro Tequila and Cloutier of Lillet.
At the end of the night spirits were running high, and for a moment it looked like tempers were too, as brand ambassadors from rival gins had come to fisticuffs...
...but it was merely horseplay for Hendrick's Jim Ryan (L) and Plymouth's Simon Ford (R) after a long hot night of hard work slinging drinks and schmoozing.
Liquor.com's Editor Noah Rothabum rocked a Manhattan playboy 1963 vibe, looking like he could have just strolled over from the Peppermint Lounge.
-- JASON ROWAN
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