Bartender Enrico Gonzato from Dandelyan: World’s Best Cocktail Bar 2017

November 1st, 2017

It was an eventful Monday this week. Our USBG NY chapter meeting was held in Brooklyn at The Counting Room. It was sponsored by Highland Park scotch.   They welcomed us with some delicious Highland Park Old Fashions and tasted us on the Highland Park 12, and their Magnus, Valkyrie expressions. It was a Viking theme for the afternoon. Jordon Zimmerman from the brand took great care of us and it was another amazing USBG meeting.

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Alan Katz was also at the meeting. His NY Distilling Company is just a few blocks away from The Counting Room, and he invited me to visit, as I had not been to his place before. He may have gotten more than he bargained for because I dragged about 10 friends along with me! Of course he was a very gracious host and we had a nice time checking out the distillery and the great attached bar.

Along for the ride was our great friend Craig Shiedlo who in turn had a friend in tow that he met at a cocktail competition. Enrico Gonzato who is a Bartender at Dandelyan in London. Dandelyan, of course has won many awards, including “World’s Best Cocktail Bar” at the Spirited Awards during Tales of the Cocktail in 2017. Dandelyan was founded by our friend Ryan Chetiyawardana, who we spoke with at the Dead Rabbit on episode 150.

Book of the Week: Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Good Things To Drink, with Mr. Lyan & Friends. This is a beautiful book filled with tons of innovative recipes and gorgeous photography.

Cocktail of the Week:

Perfect Manhattan. It’s the beginning of November and that sounds like just the thing. The Perfect Manhattan splits the vermouth 50/50 sweet and dry. It makes it a little lighter and brighter.

2 oz Rye Whiskey.

½ Dry Vermouth

½ Sweet Vermouth

Dash of Orange Bitters.

Lemon Twist

Unrelated Podcast Suggestion of the Week:
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The Unrelated Podcast Suggestion of the Week :

Star Talk with Neil DeGrass Tyson.

Dr. Tyson is an Astrophysicist. He has a wonderful approachable and entertaining way of getting really fascinating information across. He always has a professional comedian as a co host on the show, and you laugh while you learn. Give it a try! Its called Star Talk.

Toast of the Week:

May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go

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