Last Night: Pop-Up Bartenders at Fatty Johnson’s


Chantal Martineau of Fork in the Road concocted a cocktail called Norman Mailer — a bi-alcohol Manhattan variation finished with an aerosol spray of eau de vie.

You’ve heard of pop-up restaurants and pop-up bars? Well, last night we witnessed the phenomenon of pop-up bartenders, as scribes from three food-obsessed websites introduced cocktails at Fatty Johnson’s on Carmine Street in the West Village.

Jordana Rothman of Time Out served up a gin and apple punch, finished at the last minute with scrapings from a whole nutmeg, and served in festive punch glasses.

There was nary a mixologist in sight as Chantal Martineau of The Village Voice‘s Fork in the Road, Jordana Rothman of Time Out New York, and Matt Rodbard of Metromix served up their chosen cocktails.

The event began at 5 in the afternoon and extended past 8, as the three participants lined up at the bar and served up drinks with the dexterity of Rockettes kicking high at Christmastide. The bar throng included staffers from all three publications, assembled to cheer on their colleagues.

Matt Rodbard of Metromix mixed up a refreshing vodka and ginger drink, served up with plenty of crushed ice.

Drink formulae follow …


Best and brightest cocktilians from their respective websites and Tweet decks (left to right): Matt Rodbard, Chantal Martineau, Jordana Rothman.

Chantal Martineau’s Normal Mailer: Rittenhouse Rye, Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy, Averna, Luxardo Maraschino, Bitters.

Jordana Rothman’s Gin & Apple Punch: Like it says, with the assistance of Giussepe Gonzalez and Nick Van Tiel.

Matt Rodbard’s Last Samurai: Vodka, Fresh Ginger Syrup, Yuzu, Ginger Beer, Angostura Bitters.

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