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Next time I’m in New York to visit Lili, Briana and Alyssa, I have a few hot-spots on my list to check out: PDT (Please Don’t Tell), Milk & Honey, Little Branch and Gwynnett St. Some of these bars accept guests by reservation or referral only, or only allow members after a certain time. For some reason, that makes them so much more intriguing. I’m dying to check out the drink menu more than the atmosphere, though. Over at Milk & Honey, for example, fruit juices and extracts are all made by hand; mixing glasses are stored in the freezer to keep drinks cold; and ice is cut by hand using an ice pick to create imperfect, jagged pieces. If I know that’s the process going into my cocktail, I can certainly wait a few minutes for it.

So, are you ready for 5 p.m. to get here so you can wrap your hand around a refreshing, warm-weather concoction? I’m with you! Let’s celebrate the start of summer with four delicious drink recipes from renowned NYC mixologists (or alchemists, rather).


Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Schell, Little Branch, NYC


1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
1/2 ounces rosemary-infused cognac
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce cane syrup
bar spoon
rosemary sprig, for garnish


Whip and strain into iced Collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with large rosemary sprig.


Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of John deBary, PDT, NYC


1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
3/4 ounce Art in the Age Rhubarb
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce strawberry puree
1 ounce Brut champagne
lavender sprigs, for garnish


Shake and strain into chilled coupe. Top with 1 ounce Brut champagne. Garnish with sprigs of lavender.


Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Theo Lieberman, Milk & Honey, NYC


2 ounces Reyka Vodka
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce lime juice
3 slices cucumber
small handful of mint


Add all ingredients to shaker and muddle cucumber and mint. Shake and strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig poked through three cucumber wheels.


Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Gerry Corcoran, Gwynnett St., Brooklyn


2 ounces Reyka Vodka
1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
3/4 ounce 1:1 honey syrup
3/4 ounce lemon juice
5-6 fresh lemon verbena leaves
fresh cinnamon, for garnish


Shake and strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Grate fresh cinnamon on top and garnish with two lemon verbena leaves.

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  1. Jo'Anne Richardson says:

    Dear David and Hilary Gaines

    I have complete confidence in you and my Daughter Alisa. I have searched several homes, and I realize that Alisa and I want a home for ourselves, our animals, and our future family. I would like to have a large home similar to my Mother's home. It was large, and she often had weddings there. Lots of Chandeliers. Should Alisa decide to get married, I want her to possibly have a wedding at home. The choice is hers, of course. Either way, I have to plan and pay for it. Thank you for your help.

    JoAnne ​

    The home I am searching for:

    · Budget; $300,000.00 – $550,000.00, renovation of $150,000.00.

    · Very Functional brick, native stone, or limestone home that makes sense and with much character.

  2. Jo'Anne Richardson says:

    · Traditional; conventional; Mediterranean; French country; modern 4000+ square ft. home with a billion dollar view of ocean, lake, or some body of water, on a slope and on 2-5 acres.

    · Open floor plan, kitchen, dining, and living room. Very large kitchen with a pantry. Hardwood and marble floors. Dark stain modern cabinets, granite or marble counter tops.

    · Mud room, with shower and laundry facility. Shelves and storage area.

    · Atrium with a herb garden.

    · Storage room for crafts and event planning.

    · Coat closet and ½ bath next to living room, or den.

    · Large office with shelves for a library that has a view of the garden.

    · Wood & wrought iron stair case on all floors and front entrance door.

  3. JoAnne Richardson says:

    Several fireplaces.

    · Pleasant Monet style English garden.

    · Fruit & nut orchard.

    · Finish attic reading room for a Princess. Pastel colours, warm pink, ocean blue, sky blue, ocean green etc.

    · Finish basement for game room; pool, poker, TV, ping pong, darts and basketball.

    · Large bedrooms, 5-7, with walk in closets, and en suite bath rooms on the second and third floors. A bathroom specifically for a female with a vanity, and a hair salon. Whirlpool tubs. Two walk in tubs, and showers. A bathroom that wows a person, and one that is large.

    · 4 full baths, 2- 1/2 baths. Large tubs for tall people.

    · Tall ceilings, one that dwarfs a 6’8” guy.

  4. Jo'Anne Richardson says:

    · Media room.

    · Ballet room.

    · Craft room.

    · Two car garage.

    · Indoor pool, hot tub, and ice skating rink

    · Colours are wine red, forest green, gold, silver, olive, etc.

    · Fenced, wrought iron preferred.

    · Within 10 miles of the city.

    · Gazebo.

    JoAnne E. Richardson.

  5. JoAnne Richardson says:

    The home should be energy sufficient, and proficient:

    · Wind turbine

    · Solar

    · wood burning stoves and fireplaces

    · geothermal

    · back up emergency generators.


    · distilled well

    · Spring


    · none

  6. Jo'Anne Richardson says:


    · must be taken to municipality code, and past inspection.

    · Electrical wiring, and plumbing updated.

    · Installation of smoke detectors, CO monitors, sprinklers in bedrooms, kitchen, and select other rooms.

    · Security;

    · Silent alarm, safe room, security cameras on all windows, electronic gates.


    · Farm house

    · Library

    · School

    · Etc.

    Jo'Anne Richardson

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