7 Fashion Week Cocktails
If you assume that models eat like birds, well, you’re probably right. But fashionistas and those who descend upon New York City during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (now through Sept. 11) certainly run on something: cocktails.
In celebration of fashion’s most glamorous week, we rounded up drink recipes from bars and restaurants in Manhattan that were directly inspired by the fashion world. So, if you can’t score a front-row seat or an invite to an after-party (what, you don’t know Kanye?), you can still enjoy all of the excitement at home.
Recipe courtesy Le Bilboquet, New York City
It’s no surprise that Paris is the mecca for those who love high-end labels. Its swanky Avenue Montaigne is the epicenter of luxury, lined with big-name retailers like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel and Fendi. This cocktail pays homage to the trend-setting street.
¾ ounce Ketel One Citroen vodka
¾ ounce Cointreau
¾ ounce Lillet Blanc
¾ ounce lemon juice
3 dashes of Cocktail Kingdom wormwood bitters
Orange peel, for garnish
Orchid, for garnish
Combine vodka, Cointreau, Lillet, lemon juice and absinthe in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange peel and orchid.
Recipe courtesy 21 Club, New York City
The relationship between celebrity and fashion is symbiotic. Fashion Week caters to celebs who seek to be seen in front-row seats at the designers’ hottest shows, and designers rely on stars to wear their latest designs. Diners can see both at 21 Club, where celebrities get the red-carpet treatment (hence the name of this drink). The Midtown institution serves Hollywood A-listers and fashion icons alike, including actress Kate Winslet and designer Michael Kors.
1 ounce Aperol
1 ounce Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Fine Tawny Port
1 ounce Plymouth Gin
1 ounce Riesling
Juice of 1 lemon
1 ounce Prosecco
Combine Aperol, Port, gin and Riesling in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Double strain (to remove lemon pulp) into a Champagne flute. Top with Prosecco.
Recipe courtesy Drew Shields, sommelier, Tessa, New York City
Looks from the tents sometime translate directly to drinks.
“The smoky eye is a dramatic eye-shadow style often seen on runways,” says Drew Shields, sommelier. “The classic smoky eye never goes out of style, and neither will this cocktail at Tessa.” The drink is named after its considerably smoky flavor profile.
3 ounces Byrrh Grand Quinquina
¾ ounce joven mezcal
¾ ounce grapefruit juice
Orange peel, for garnish
Pour the Byrrh, mezcal and grapefruit juice into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Garnish with an orange peel.
Recipe courtesy Mike Koresch, sommelier, NYY Steak, New York City
There’s no better way to pay homage to the fashion industry than to sip a Cosmo. After all, the cranberry-colored concoction was put on the map in the 1990s by the fashion-forward hit TV show, Sex and the City. Will the drink become fashionable again? NYY Steak is betting on it with this Runway variation.
1 ounce vodka, like Pravda or Svedka
½ ounce blue Curaçao
4 ounces white cranberry juice
Blue rock salt, for garnish
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and serve in a martini glass garnished with blue rock salt.
Recipe courtesy Toro, New York City
Located in the former Nabisco Factory, this 120-seat tapas bar brings Barcelona to Chelsea, offering traditional small plates, gin & tonics and a range of Spanish-leaning cocktails like this Sherry julep. Toro has also been a hot spot for the fashion world, hosting parties for legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg and Vogue.
½ ounce simple syrup
8-10 large mint leaves
2 ounces Amontillado or Fino Sherry
½ ounce Dry Orange Curaçao
Mint sprig, for garnish
Add the mint and syrup into a julep tin, and muddle the mint in the syrup. Add a small scoop of pellet ice, Sherry and orange Curaçao. Stir briskly until a frost begins to appear on the outside of the tin. Fill the balance with pellet ice to slightly overflow. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve with a straw.
Recipe courtesy The Clam, New York City
The Blushing Cowboy was created for the popular New York City clothing shop Opening Ceremony in July. It was so popular that it’s now a staple at the 50-seat West Village restaurant, which highlights chef/owner Mike Price’s favorite ingredient, clams.
4 muddled cherries
2 ounces Four Roses Bourbon
1 ounce lemon juice
½ ounce mint simple syrup (recipe below)
2 dashes cherry bark bitters
Splash of soda water
Muddle cherries in Bourbon, lemon juice, syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and pour into a Collins glass filled with ice. Finish with a soda-water float.
For mint simple syrup:
1 ounce water
1 ounce sugar
1 sprig mint
Heat water, sugar and mint sprig in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove sprig, allow to cool and transfer into a bottle. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe courtesy Kingside Restaurant, New York City
Some things never go out of style, like this classic pre-Prohibition cocktail. It first appeared in Hugo Ensslin’s 1917 cocktail book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks. The sky-blue gin drink has been a sensation ever since. “It’s the perfect accessory for this year’s fall fashion week,” says David Lombardo, beverage director at Kingside. “The Aviation is a classic cocktail whose flavors please the palate and has a stunning color that stands out in a crowded room.”
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce crème de violette
½ ounce Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
1¼ ounces Plymouth Gin
Cherry, for garnish
Combine the lemon juice, crème de violette, Luxardo Maraschino and gin in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Garnish with cherry.
- 1The Drink: Avenue Montaigne
- 2The Drink: Red Carpet
- 3The Drink: Smoky Eyes
- 4The Drink: Runway
- 5The Drink: Sherry Julep
- 6The Drink: The Blushing Cowboy
- 7The Drink: The Aviation