Sharon Beason is one of our favorite local entrepreneurs. Not only is she the founder and publisher of the borough-centric website Brooklyn Exposed, she also throws some pretty excellent parties.
Her annual Tasting Brooklyn event unites a number of top area restaurants for an orgy of all-you-can-eat sampling, and her inaugural Brooklyn Shaken and Stirred gala last Tuesday did that one better — gathering the borough’s best drinks purveyors for an evening of specialty cocktails, artisanal spirits, craft beers and boutique wines — with just enough food thrown in to keep over-imbibing guests from puking on each others shoes.
And from what we remember from our alcohol-induced haze, the following tipples and tastes were serious standouts.
All Photos Brooklyn Shaken and Stirred
The Heat Ray from pok pok NY
Thank god we didn’t have two wait two hours on line to get our hands on one of pok pok’s stellar drinks — this fiery yet delightfully refreshing cocktail combined vodka, Thai chiles, lime juice, and zippy celery Som drinking vinegar.
St. John’s Martini from Fort Defiance
You can’t argue with a classic. St. John Frizell’s elegant, delightfully unfussy addition to the evening sported Plymouth gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and a twist.
The Donna Daiquiri from Donna
This decidedly unfrosty, unkitchy, and umbrella-free drink might not immediately spring to mind when you think daiquiri, but we’d happily drink this crisp blend of rum, lime and grapefruit poolside any day.
The 5 Spiced St. Clair from The Sunburnt Calf
Mixologist Greg Seider’s cocktails are among some of our favorites in the borough, so we were happy to see him shaking up rounds of this new fashioned Old Fashioned — made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, bitters, orange peel, and five spice-infused agave syrup.
The Horse with No Name from Sycamore
I guess we’re sensing a trend — Sycamore also brought the heat with this lip-tingling drink — a muddle of kaffir lime leaf, lime juice, Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole bitters, Muscovado simple syrup, and chipotle-infused Fidencio Classico Mezcal.
Cacao liqueur from Cacao Prieto
We ended our evening right with a straight sip of this Red Hook rum company’s smooth and sweet elixir — a complex blend of single origin heirloom cacao beans.
Stone Park Café’s corn chowder
We slammed back this silken, sun-yellow, intensely sweet and buttery soup as readily as a whiskey shot.
Tchoup Shop’s crawfish maque choux
We could barely resist grabbing seconds, thirds and fourths of this delicious, down-south stew, made with crawfish tails, sweet corn, handmade Tasso ham, and cream.
Benchmark’s Pork Parfait
Don’t think dessert — this awesomely savory dish boasted layers of creamy mashed potatoes, BBQ sauce, and pulled pork.
Van Horn’s Brunswick Stew
This Cobble Hill shop may be better known for sandwiches, but they also make a mean version of this traditional southern dish — pulled pork, roast chicken, corn and veggies in a vinegary tomato base.