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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).

UP ALL NIGHT COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Schell, Little Branch, NYC

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

STEAM 75 COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of John deBary, PDT, NYC

Ingredients

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

Directions

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


NEW MAID COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Theo Lieberman, Milk & Honey, NYC

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

ARMY OF ME COCKTAIL

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Gerry Corcoran, Gwynnett St., Brooklyn

Ingredients

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

Directions

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:

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    · 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.

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    · 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.

    H2O:​

    · distilled well

    · Spring

    Infestation:

    · none

  6. Jo'Anne Richardson says:

    Code:

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

    · Electrical wiring, and plumbing updated.

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    · Security;

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    Suggestions:

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    · Library

    · School

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    Jo'Anne Richardson

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