RECIPES: Distill Life Gives Us Some Good Ideas About Rum

On March 13 the stage at the Parrish Art Museum was the setting for a lively conversation about rum. Moderated by Brian Halweil, editor in chief of Edible East End, Distill Life featured a cocktail meister, Richard Scoffier, who runs the bar programs at the Nick & Toni’s restaurants, Jason Lann from Sag Harbor Rum and Leslie Merinoff of Owney’s NYC Rum. The East Hampton Star wrote a great wrap up of the event, and the experts left us with recipes and tips on where to get the best drinks. Cheers!

What they experts are drinking and where they go:

Jason Lann, Sag Harbor Rum

Sag Harbor Fog (Dark & Stormy)
2 oz. Sag Harbor Rum
4 oz. Ginger Beer
Lime wedge

Sag Harbor Sour
2 oz. Sag Harbor Rum
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
.5 oz. Simple syrup
1 Fresh egg white

Sag Harbor Rum Old Fashion
2 oz. parts Sag Harbor Rum
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 splash of water
1/2 tsp. sugar
Cubed ice
Garnish w/ Orange peel

Leslie Merinoff, the Noble Experiment & Owney’s NYC Rum

The Classic Daquiri
2 oz. Owney’s NYC Rum
.75 oz. simple syrup
1oz. fresh squeezed lime juice (must be fresh squeezed)

The NegrOwney
2 oz. Owney’s NYC Rum
1oz sweet vermouth
.75 oz. Campari
Stir with ice

Richard Scoffier, Honest Man Restaurant Group

Keep on Wine-in
Dutch’s Spirits Sugar
Colonial Bitters
Channing Daughter’s Gewurztraminer Grape Shrub
Fresh Lemon

Richard’s recommendations for the best cocktails in Manhattan:

Nick and Toni’s Cafe (2 for 1 cocktails for happy hour every day 3-6), 100 West 67th Street 212-496-4000
Death + Company, 433 East 6th Street 212-388-0882
Dead Rabbit, 30 Water Street 646-422-7906
Pouring Ribbons, 225 Avenue B, 2nd Floor 917-656-6788
Evelyn Drinkery, 171 Avenue C

Leslie’s recommendations for the best cocktails in Brooklyn:

Huckelberry Bar, 558 Grand Street 718-218-8555
Bar Chuko, 565 Vanderbilt Avenue 347-425-9570
Extra Fancy, 302 Metropolitan Avenue 347-422-0939
Featherweight, 135 Graham Avenue 347-763-0872
Hotel Delmano, 82 Berry Street 718-387-1945

Jason, Brian and Amy’s recommendations for the best cocktails on the East End:

Nick and Toni’s, 136 North Main Street, East Hampton 631-324-3550
Almond, 1 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton 631-537-5665
Townline BBQ, 3593 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack 631-537-2271
East by Northeast, 51 Edgemere Street, Montauk 631-668-2872
Rumba, 43 Canoe Place Road, Hampton Bays 631-594-3544
Vine Street Café, 41 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island 631-749-3210
Brix + Rye, 308 Main Street, Greenport 631-477-6985