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MAYAHUEL, 304 East 6th Street (between First and Second Avenue), East Village

Tonight’s the night that everybody goes out drinking. Or stays in drinking. But the point is, everybody is drinking. Some call New Year’s Eve “Amateur Night.” I think it’s a good excuse to gain a greater appreciate for some of the best cocktail bars in town.

 

One of those stops should be (and probably will be for me) Mayahuel. The agave-based spirits bar is a highlight of our Craft Cocktail Tour and at one time had been elected best new bar in the world. 

Here you can get a taste and a true education on both tequila and mezcal. I have grown hugely fond of the latter, tequila’s godfather, wherein the agave hearts are roasted underground. The spirit has a complex, smoky, earthy flavor that plays well in just about every drink.

Dark Side of the Fu at MAYAHUEL

Most recently, I tried a bittersweet, chocolaty elixir called Dark Side of the Fu. The brilliant bartenders stir together mezcal, cream de mezcal (a rich, sweet mezcal liqueur), sweet vermouth, an ancho chili-infused wine, and a touch of the Italian Ramazoti. This cocktail is smoky, dark, slightly sweet, and bitter. It’s really all the flavors that in my mind make up an excellent sipping cocktail.

So this year, instead of downing champagne without thinking about it, might I suggest learning about and appreciating a layered mezcal cocktail. It would make for a New Year’s Eve experience that you won’t soon forget.

MAYAHUEL
304 East 6th Street (between First and Second Avenue),
East Village
(212) 253-58888
mayahuelny.com

 

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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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