Everybody comes to Rick’s

From the why-hasn’t-anyone-thought-of-this-before department, Reuters ran a story last week about an American ex-pat entrepreneur in Casablanca who’s opened a new cafe…named Rick’s, after the gin joint in one of my favorite films, Casablanca.

I don’t know whether I’ll be in Morocco any time soon, but somewhat closer to home, anyway, is the Cocktail Film Fest in New Orleans, the weekend of March 21-22. Hosted by Cheryl Charming, the festival features three films, Casablanca, The Seven Year Itch, and Guys and Dolls, along with themed cocktails and meals. But alas, even that’s too far for me.

I had no such excuse on Monday, when Tales held a media reception at Manhattan’s Flatiron Lounge, just blocks from my office. Julie Reiner’s always graceful staff brought around several New York-themed drinks, including the Slope, the Southside Fizz, and the New York Sour. The Slope was a particular favorite of mine. Named for Park Slope (my first landing strip when I arrived in NYC in 2002), it’s a derivative of the Brooklyn cocktail. Jen and I couldn’t stay long, unfortunately, but we both thank Ann Tuennerman for the invitation.

I’ve made my hotel reservations for Tales of the Cocktail. Have you?

The Slope

  • 2 ounces Rittenhouse Rye (preferably bonded)
  • 3/4 ounce Punt Y Mes
  • 1/4 ounce Bols Apricot liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: cherries

Technique: Stir and serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Add garnish.

5 thoughts on “Everybody comes to Rick’s

  1. Did you get the recipe for the New York Sour? Sours are some of my favorite drinks, when really well made. Actually, a really good bourbon sour is probably my favorite drink of all time.

  2. I have! (made our hotel reservations, that is)

    Oh, wow… it just hit me like a ton of bricks that — in addition to spending 4 days thinking about cocktails — I am also finally going to get a chance to meet the other cocktail bloggers. Is Jen coming with you?

  3. Todd: I’ll e-mail you tonight with the recipe.

    Anita: With the move to Providence pending, Jen and I are discussing our budget for the year and whether we can afford two plane fares to NOLA.

    Paul: I’m so there I’m barely here.

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