Pouring Ribbons | 225 Avenue B, NYC
I am a huge fan of unique cocktail bars and NYC has no short supply. It thrills me when I come across one that has actual personality and fantastic cocktails, like Pouring Ribbons.
The bar itself has a gorgeous wooden interior that is more classic than contemporary. We chose to sit at the bar, close to the mixing action.
Bad Habit – Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Cantaloupe, Cynar, Egg White, Laphroaig Quarter Cask: This was my favorite of the four that we tried and I would return just for this drink. The Wild Turkey 101 Rye and Laphroaig Quarter Cask gave it a nice, strong punch while the cantaloupe and egg white kept it fruity and frothy. I truly felt like a lady-like tough girl sipping on this wonderful creation.
She’s No Lady – Linie Aquavit, Lemon, Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Lemongrass Syrup, Celery Bitters: This cocktail was incredibly refreshing and absolutely perfect for a hot summer day. I recommend this drink if you are not looking for a strong flavor of spirits.
East of Eden – Citadelle Gin, Lime, Laird’s 7 ½ Yr Apple Brandy, Orgeat, Granny Smith Apple: Another refreshing cocktail with pleasant apple notes from the brandy.
Chartreuse Swizzle – Typically, it consists of Chartreuse (a French herbal liquor similar to Strega), falernum, pineapple juice and lime juice and garnished with nutmeg and a mint sprig: This delicious drink was served in a tall glass packed with shaved ice to keep the booze level steady throughout.
The menu at Pouring Ribbons has enough variety to keep me coming back and their garnishes are fresh and beautiful. The mixologists behind the bar are very accessible and will even write the recipes you would like to know about on the backs of their post cards. We had a great discussion about Chartreuse with ours, it was great to learn about a liquor that is, to us, unfamiliar.
Pouring Ribbons proves that it is not one of many cocktail bars; it is truly unique.