Dale DeGroff

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    A Primer on the Old-Fashioned

    It didn't take much for The New York Times spirits writer Robert Simonson to fall in love with the sazerac -- all he needed was a first visit to New Orleans in 2006. It took a little bit longer for him to embrace the old-fashioned. "The old-fashioned used to show up as whiskey with some cheap ice in ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Why You Should Attend the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

    When Lesley Townsend Duval launched the Manhattan Cocktail Classic five years ago, "cocktails were a trend," she says. "You could count on two hands the number of cocktail bars in New York City." But coming off a stint with Astor Wine & Spirits, during which she helped launch Astor Center, she belie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The History of Speed Rack, a Three-Year-Old Lady Bartender Competition

    Some serious stirring and shaking is about to arrive in New York with the third annual Speed Rack competition. This Sunday, December 15, female bartenders go head-to-head for the elite award of cocktail champion. This kicks off a whirlwind tour, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix will host eight Speed Rac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Giuseppe Gonzalez Talks '70s NYC, the Meaning of Bartending, and the Golden Cadillac, Now Open in the East Village

    At this juncture in New York City's cocktail revival, it's difficult to imagine that the establishments that sprung up in the last 10 years have missed covering any part of the cocktail canon. Not only are there bars dedicated to tequila, whiskey, gin, bitters, and chartreuse, just about every era o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Whiskey & Wine Off 69 Rolls Out Free Mixology Classes

    Free mixology classes with people like Franky Marshall from The Dead Rabbit, Jane Elkins of Grace, Dale DeGroff of King Cocktail, and the mixology godfather Jim Meehan from PDT? We know, it sounds too good to be true. But thanks to Whiskey & Wine Off 69 (1321 Second Avenue, 212-585-0005), this aweso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    10 Things the NYC Dining Scene Does Better Than Anywhere Else

    With tens of thousands of brick-and-mortar restaurants and even more kiosks, delis, and roadside stands where you can grab a bite to eat, there's no place in the world like New York City when it comes to food and drink--you could spend your entire life eating and drinking here without conquering all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    A Mixology History Lesson with Brian Van Flandern

    Michelin three-star mixologist Brian Van Flandern was on the forefront of the cocktail revolution, and he made his name on his innovative cocktails that incorporate fresh and experimental ingredients. He's crafted drinks under a number of revered chefs--including Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, and Mic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Why You Should See Craft Cocktail Documentary Hey Bartender, Now in Wide Release

    By weaving together the stories behind New York City cocktail lair Employees Only and Westport, Connecticut, corner bar Dunvilles, director Douglas Tirola takes on the changing world of bartending and the rise of craft mixology in his recently released documentary Hey Bartender. And while the film f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    3 Good Things: Hungry Vassar Girls

    1. Rebecca Federman tells us a bit about what Vassar girls used to eat (A lot of caramels! Thousands of clams!) and shows us how their diets were covered by the press. It's fascinating, and the photos are fun, too. [Cooked Books] 2. Camper English tracks new spirits and liquor products hitting the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Expensive Wine and Whiskey Rocks Are in; Happy Hours at Baja Fresh and Qdoba?

    People in the U.S. are buying expensive domestic wine again, according to a recent report by the research group Symphony IRI (via Orange County Register). Sales of bottles priced at $20 or more grew by 24% in the first three months of 2012. The top sellers: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Imbibers, Rejoice! Manhattan Cocktail Classic Tickets Go On Sale Friday

    TheCulinaryGeek/flickrOn your marks... get set... drink!​It's about that time of year again. No, not spring, silly. Time to start planning for the five-day Manhattan Cocktail Classic, which kicks off May 13. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 1, promptly at high noon. Events include the swa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Ask the Critics: What's a Good Cocktail Book?​Subha M. Asks: I'm looking for a cocktail book that has a good mix of both classic cocktail recipes and more modern ones. Any suggestions? Dear Subha: I say there's nothing like investing in a good cocktail book, especially when drink prices in New York City now hover at around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: A Latin Food Fest; a Sandwich Seminar

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Rayuela's Third Anniversary Throughout June Rayuela Even though this Lower East Side restaurant is the one celebrating a birthday, you get the gift. Throughout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Hidetsugu Ueno on the Art (Not the Science!) of Ice

    Hidetsugu Ueno is one cool dude.​Master bartender Hidetsugu Ueno traveled all the way from Tokyo to attend Eben Freeman's Cocktail All-Stars events this week. Known for his hard shake, artful ice-carving skills, and the pinpoint precision with which he mixes drinks at his Tokyo cocktail den, B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Tiki Experiments at Home

    A Painkiller​ Tiki cocktails, when made with freshly squeezed juices, homemade syrups, and quality rums, are completely delicious--complex, stiff, and flavorful. But, with the exception of the now-closed bar at Elettaria, these classic cocktails, most invented in the '30s and '40s, have been n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    'Bartender Wars' Premieres Tonight on Fine Living Network

    vinniecosta.comBehind the bar: Vinnie, Deb, and Gage​It was inevitable: The reality show competition model would spread from cooking to winemaking to, now, bartending. The Fine Living Network's Bartender Wars, debuting tonight at 10:30 p.m., will follow three of the city's bartenders each week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    'Lush Life': Jill DeGroff Draws (on) Cocktail Scene

    ​Jill met her future husband, Dale DeGroff, in Hollywood back when he was a struggling actor tending bar on the side. She's been a witness to the career of the man who would become King Cocktail, not to mention the evolution of the craft bartending movement that he helped pioneer. Lush Life: P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Dispatch from the Back Bar: Ryan Magarian Guests at Pegu

    ​While the cat's away, as they say. Audrey Saunders may be sunning herself on some remote beach, but her cocktail lounge, Pegu Club, carries on without her. Last night, Seattle-based mixologist and Aviation Gin co-creator Ryan Magarian took over the bar, serving up a special menu of Aviation c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Mad Men Has the Right Stuff (to Drink); A Good Year for Peaches

    ​Late-night revelers are still "discovering" the halal food cart at 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue, which was started in 1992 by Mohamed Abouelenein, who wanted to serve taxi and limousine drivers sick of hot dogs. [NY Times] Cocktails are a vital element of the AMC series Mad Men. Drinks histo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    New York Gets Its Own Cocktail Convention

    Those of you who enjoyed Chantal's excellent coverage of NOLA's Tales of the Cocktail (read her posts here, here and here) will be happy to know that New York will host its own cocktail extravaganza next year. The Manhattan Cocktail Classic will be held next May, with a preview this October 3-4 at A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Cookbook Tester--The Essential Cocktail by Dale DeGroff

    Chantal is heading to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans tomorrow, so you can look forward to insider stories of the cocktailarati. To kick off a boozy week, a test run of Dale DeGroff's book The Essential Cocktail seemed appropriate. DeGroff is often known as the King of Cocktails, the guy who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    New York Bartenders the Best in the Country?

    Don't be surprised if your favorite bartender is nowhere to be found next month. For five days each July, bartenders from around the country flock to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, considered by many in the industry to be the world's preeminent cocktail festival. The nominees for this year's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    A Gem of a Drink

    We amused ourselves (and saved a few bucks) this past weekend making our own classic cocktails. This sultry little number is a Bijou, which is the ancestor of one of our favorite tipples: the Tailspin. We used the King of Cocktails himself, Dale DeGroff's, recipe. 1.5 oz Plymouth gin 0.5 oz green C ... More >>

  • News

    December 17, 2008

    In Defense of Mixologists

    Don't say "Hey, bartender!" to these people

  • NYC Life

    December 4, 2007

    The Last Sipper

    Drinks historian David Wondrich dreams of his last meal

  • NYC Life

    May 2, 2006

    Slushee Surprise

    What drink mix makes the least-scary margarita?

  • NYC Life

    April 19, 2005

    Green Apple Martinis Are So Two Years Ago . . .

    And other riveting revelations from our spring cocktail report