Gaz Regan Courtesy of Mbooth
Over the weekend, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic came to town, starting with a grand gala at the New York Public Library on Friday and continuing through Monday night at the Andaz Hotel with specialized seminars, spirit-sponsored suites and a gallery full of tasting tables. With the alcohol flowing so freely, it's only natural to witness some odd behavior and walk away with TMI. Here, a few oddball experiences and tips.
Hemingway's Chilling Secret
At a Sunday morning seminar on Ernest Hemingway's drinking habits, To Have and Have Another author Philip Greene revealed that the resourceful writer liked his martinis so cold that he would garnish them with frozen cocktail onions and chill pitchers of them with massive ice cubes made in tennis ball cans.
Friday night’s gala was packed with people dressed to the nines in tuxes and gowns, so the wandering couples wearing trench coats stood out. Even odder was when they opened their coats to reveal the skimpiest of outfits—briefs for him, bikini for her. Then they would close up and walk on, leaving guests to look at their drinks suspiciously and consider easing up on the Dark n’ Stormies.