Drink in the Uptown NYC cocktail renaissance with this refreshing summer sip from 67 Orange Street.
4 sprigs fresh cilantro
2 slices cucumber
1 wedge lime
A few small slices of fresh-cut ginger
¾ ounce light agave nectar
½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
2 ounces Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka
1 ounce Patròn Citronage
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
Muddle the cilantro, one cucumber slice, lime and ginger in a shaker with the agave and lime juice. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Cover and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the second cucumber slice.
About the Bartender
Karl Franz Williams was climbing the corporate ladder when some branding research in the early 2000’s put him square in the middle of the booming mixology trade.
Smitten by both the burgeoning trends and the rich history of cocktails and bartending, the Yale graduate’s true calling became crystal clear: He was a mixologist.
Cue Duke Ellington’s A Train, the next stop: Harlem, at 67 Orange Street, once home to the famed Almack’s Dance Hall, New York’s hottest place to drink and dance during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
“I wanted to recreate the romance of Almack’s,” says Williams. Indeed. Passing through the doors it’s as if time stood still: The bar is candlelit and servers don Ragtime-era suspenders. In the few years since opening, Williams’s bar is flourishing, and his cubicle days are a distant memory.