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Behind the Scenes With Up Mountain Switchel in Brooklyn

Switchel, also known as switzel, swizzle, or Haymaker's Punch, refers to the apple cider vinegar, water, and ginger-based drink found throughout America and the Caribbean during the 17th century and beyond. Both Laura Ingalls-Wilder and Herman Melville were fans, the latter mentioning it in the story "I and My Chimney." Unlike a shrub, switchel is mostly been consumed as a stand-alone drink, not a cocktail or bubbly-water addition. And while the switchel dates back several hundred years, it's on the rise again in Brooklyn thanks to Ely Key and Garrett Riffle's Up Mountain Switchel. More

Skeeball, Bowling, Board Games, and More: Our Favorite Brooklyn Bars With Games

It's hard to tease out what takes a bar from middling watering hole to travel-worthy destination. After all, there are date bars and dive bars, beer bars and cocktail bars, hotel bars and dance bars; there are bars for music and celebrations, and there are quiet, empty bars for drinking yourself into a wallowing puddle of self-pity. But if there's one thing I've learned over my ever-so-extensive six years as an of-age drinker, it's that every bar can be improved by one simple addition: a sh*t-ton of games. More

First Look: New Spring Cocktails at Donna in Williamsburg

"One of the great things about seasonal cocktails," Belanger says, "is the opportunity to incorporate fresh ingredients." But at Donna, you won't find bartenders slowly muddling fruit or other produce for each drink. Instead, the flavors of the season are incorporated into freshly made syrups and vinegar-based shrubs, such as a sweet-savory-spicy shrub made from strawberry, cilantro, and serrano peppers, which provides an unexpected mix of flavors in the Strawberry Sky. More

First Look: New Cocktails at Fatty 'Cue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

"The whole idea behind the program was to create drinks that would complement the food but also drink well on their own," explains Phil Ward, the brains behind the revamped cocktails at the recently reopened Fatty 'Cue in Williamsburg. Which is to say that all those things one looks for in good barbecue—smoke, spice, acidity, and yes, even meat—have made their way on to the new cocktail menu here. More

Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø and Jon Langley Tell Us What to Drink at Tørst in Brooklyn

"I've had the idea to do a beer bar for ten years," Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø said. "I travel a lot with my brewery (Evil Twin) and I go to a lot of good beer bars, but I never go to places where I feel like it's perfect. I knew that if I were ever going to be involved in a beer bar, I would have to give it 100%." Jarnit-Bjergsø, a Denmark native, is what people have come to call a gypsy brewer. He doesn't have his own facility for brewing. Instead, he travels the world and collaborates with different breweries, putting his recipes in their tanks and creating limited-edition brews, many of which are featured at Tørst. There are currently over 120 bottled beers available as well as 21 tap lines. More

First Look: New Fall Cocktails at Clover Club, NYC

At Julie Reiner's revered Brooklyn cocktail den, Clover Club, the newly released fall cocktail menu is replete with drinks that exemplify both nostalgia and novelty. "The menu changes pretty extensively about every four months, but certainly the biggest changes occur between summer and fall, winter and spring," she explains. "This menu has all the quintessential flavors that we think of in the fall—cranberry, apple, pear, ginger—but also every year there are new inspirations, new spirits and products you want to work with." More

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