Blogger Prairie Rose spent her first few years in New York working in restaurants. Along the way, she developed a fascination for wine, so much so that she took up courses at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. However, she soon fell for the seductive power of cocktails. Shifting her educational focus, she completed the WSET Spirits Course and has been refining her craft ever since.
Her innovative and delicious cocktails can be found on her award-winning blog, Bit By a Fox. Join Minibar and Prairie this Friday at the Backyard Summer Spirits event in Brooklyn, where she'll be mixing up some of her creations!
We're thrilled to have this talented cocktail connoisseur share her expertise (including a can't-miss list of her favorite bars) in our latest edition of My Minibar.
I'm such a slave to the seasons. And I also like options! Right now, it's all about Aperol Spritz, Rosé, and G&Ts. But, I still drink whiskey in the summer -- often with a splash of ginger and squeeze of lime. And I'm always a fan of wine with dinner.
I love the sexy, Frenchy, from-another-era atmosphere at Maison Premiere. I'm a huge fan of the cocktail list and staff at Pouring Ribbons. Attaboy is a near perfect bar. Off-peak, I enjoy Employees Only and Dead Rabbit. If I happen to be stuck in the Times Square area, The Rum House is a beautiful respite. Dutch Kills is a super dark and sexy corner in Long Island City. And on a chilly winter's night, there is nothing better than hot cider & whiskey with live music floating over the crowd at Sunny's in Red Hook. Also, I'd be remiss if I did not mention my neighborhood locale, Sycamore Bar & Flower Shop. Their garden is dreamy, their whiskey list is long, and their staff are all sweethearts. Plus, a bar that smells like a flower shop? They have my heart!
Must-Have Bar Essential
I can usually fashion a shaker out of a mason jar or cups, make a muddler out of the end of a wooden spoon, and eye ingredients without a jigger, but if you don't have some sort of a citrus juicer, getting fresh juice for cocktails -- which is essential -- can be a pain.