Wit’s End fans know that cocktails are a big part of our parties. Each month, Mr. Don Spiro chooses the most delicious mixes for our special menu. For our first-ever Christmas party, we are adding some new ones that have never been on the menu before, alongside our monthly favorites. This is what is being served Monday, Dec. 3, at Flute Midtown.
First, try a glass of traditional Holiday Punch. But this batch is made with spiced rum, apple cider and ginger beer! If brandy is your winter warmer, go with a Metropolitan, practically a brandy Manhattan. It has brandy, vermouth and aromatic bitters. This drink dates to 1884 and isn’t to be confused with any modern recipes that that share its name.
And what about our friends, Scotch and Whiskey? Order a Rob Roy, with Scotch, Sweet Vermouth and bitters (did you know it was invented at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1894?). The Ward Eight, created in 1898, was named by Esquire as one of the ten best cocktails in 1934. It’s made with blended whiskey, orange juice, lemon juice and grenadine. Our second brandy cocktail is the Three Miler, which is brandy, rum, lemon juice and grenadine. It gets its name from the three-mile offshore limit where bootleggers brought in their illegal hooch during Prohibition.
And of course there are our two monthly favorites:
- The Wit’s End (Gin, Cointreau, bitters) created for us by Jeremy James Thompson, former head bartender at the Raines Law Room.
- French 75 (Champagne, gin, lemon juice, sugar). This is a specialty at Flute, the top Champagne bar in the city (and French owned). The French 75 is named for the 75mm artillery shells of World War I. American Doughboys loved the drink and brought it home with them after the war.
All year long we have fantastic cocktails mixed up by our friends at Flute. For our 1922 Office Christmas Party we will be celebrating the season in style!
Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.