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Gift Guide: City of Daughters + Ramona – New Bar Opening!

Elsa's Rose Hip Grenadine by City of Daughters

City of Daughters offers specialty cocktail goods handcrafted by cocktail experts from Elsa in New York City. And these same folks will be opening a bar in Greenpoint this month called Ramona (113 Franklin St).

Their product – Elsa’s Rose Hip Grenadine – will instantly enhance and refine your cocktail experience – making it the perfect gift for cocktail lovers and budding mixologists on your gift list this year.

Don’t settle for just any grenadine. Using the highest quality, natural and organic ingredients, City of Daughters has infused homemade pomegranate syrup with a delicate blend of rose hips and petals to create the perfect addition to any home bar and kitchen.

Elsa’s Rose Hip Grenadine is made in small batches in Madison County, NY and is available nearby at The Brooklyn Kitchen, Whisk, Kill Devil Hill and The Grand St Bakery.

Jack Rose Cocktail

And if you need some cocktail creation inspiration they have graciously shared some fantastic cocktail recipes on their website, like the simple Jack Rose.

JACK ROSE

  • 2 ounces applejack
  • ¾ ounce Elsa’s Rose Hip Grenadine
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice

Shake with ice; strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon or lime wheel.

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Gangster Times at Beloved

I’ll admit that I walked into Beloved a little ready to hate on it.  When I passed by the newly opened space a few nights earlier, I peered in through the gray doors painted with the name of this new place that inhabits the recessed cave that used to belong to the denizens of Stones Tavern thinking that this was just a bar hurriedly wedged into an odd middle space in Greenpoint.  A bar like a street-fair goldfish: short-lived.  Best not to get too attached.

Entering, I passed a sign out front promising ‘gangster times’ to be had within.  If the times of a gangster include:

  • Donuts,
  • Amazingly delicious original cocktails,
  • Friendly, laid back times, and
  • staying 2+ drinks longer than you meant to just because,
Cocktails at new bar Beloved
Get the "Thats My Word" Cocktail (Left)

then yes, Beloved delivered on the promise of ‘Gangster Times.’  While I can’t say there will always be donuts waiting there for you, talking to René, designer of the cocktail list, and Vivek, one of the owners, suggested that what you will reliably find is a bar that honestly cares about what they’re serving you.  They believe that they’re not settling by focusing on just being a solid place to drink, and while there were certainly hints about parties in the future – a DJ booth may one day soon occupy a back corner, and the yard has serious potential – Vivek suggested that Beloved has no intention of becoming an ‘event space.’  The focus is on a killer cocktail list, a well-designed interior sporting luxe wallpaper and custom lighting, and bartenders who actually seem to want you to enjoy your time there.  I love being wrong sometimes.

Beloved
674 Manhattan Ave

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NYC’s First Aguardiente Spirit Bar Launches Saturday!

Party with us! We are excited to bring to Greenpoint (and nowhere else) the First Aguardiente Spirit Bar, and unveil our new spanking dinner menu and awesome vibrant look.

Known as ‘Fiery Water,’ Aguardiente is the premier spirit of Colombia.

$4 Colombian Mojitos • $4 Margaritas • $3 Aguardiente Shots • Great food and dinner!

Join us celebrating the launch of our bar!

Cafecito Bogota
1015 Manhattan Ave.

Sponsored post courtesy of Cafecito Bogota.

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GRAPEPOINT WINES OPENS ON “THIS SIDE”

On “this side” of McGuinness, Grapepoint Wines opened. At the grand opening, I chatted with Joanna, a young entrepreneur and wine shop owner.

Joanna (right) and friends

The party was packed with family and friends, who were giving Joanna a warm welcome, but not to the neighborhood. Joanna, grew up all the way over in Williamsburg, where her family has owned a laundromat for over 30 years. Since she is of Polish descent, Joanna explained that she spent a lot of time over here in Greenpoint. After an inspiring trip to Spain, and with the entrepreneur gene in her blood, she knew she wanted to become a wine shop owner, and cheers to Joanna because she is doing it, right around the corner!

The shop has a well priced variety of wines that are sensibly displayed, plus local wines, like Brooklyn Oeneology. Joanna was generous enough to donate a surprise gift to the Love Bird’s Valentine’s Market this Saturday. (I wonder what it will be?) Look forward to regular wine tasting and I hope a rotating display of artwork.

Grapepoint Wine
155 Norman Ave

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