What to Drink at Fort Defiance: The Joe Ray


Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too.

The drink: Joe Ray

The bar: Fort Defiance, 365 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, 347-453-6672

The price: $9

The ingredients: Gin, Cointreau, vermouth, and bitters, served up.

The buzz: I met Joe Ray in Mexico. An award-winning journalist and skilled photographer, he comes off as quiet, prim, and thoughtful. He wasn’t exactly the inspiration for the drink that borrows his name at Fort Defiance. Instead, the Journalist Cocktail was renamed after him, a sort of tribute between friends (he’s chummy with owner and fellow writer St. John Frizell). So, how does a journalist drink a Journalist? I can’t speak for Joe Ray, but I would say, with restraint. It goes down terribly easy and is rather wallet-friendly in this era of eroding per-word rates.

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