What to Drink at Peels: The Joey Ramone Cocktail
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too.
The drink: The Joey Ramone
Chantal Martineau Get sedated.
The bar: Peels, 325 Bowery
The price: $13
The ingredients: Applejack, fresh lime juice, Concord grape syrup, shaken, and served up.
The buzz: Is it OK to name a drink in a twee, picket-fenced hipster hangout after a rocker who once represented just about everything that has been lost in the gentrification of the former skid row on which said hangout sits? Probably not. But what can you do. The upstairs room at Peels is refreshingly airy -- especially in the day -- nothing like the myriad brooding speakeasies that have filled our city's bar scene. This simple variation on a Jack Rose (only the grenadine is swapped out for Concord grape syrup) is as easy to enjoy as the space it's served in. Tart and apple-y, the sweet grape syrup softens the citrus, giving it depth and taking the edge off the bite of the applejack. Not exactly the most punk-rock drink, but, hey, the Bowery ain't what it used to be.
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