Cheers! Andaz in the Big Apple
Guest post by Andaz Cultural Insider DJ Lindsay Luv
Being basically bi-coastal has its advantages: like year-round sun on one coast and the perfect slice of pizza waiting for you on the other. But beyond the obvious draws to splitting much of my time between Los Angeles and New York, it’s the friends and family on each coast that makes them home. And when I am back in the Big Apple the first thing I want to do when I am not performing is meet my besties for some great cocktails and laughs! The last month has brought me to NYC twice and both times I have escaped from both the swampy heat and the hustle and bustle of the city with cocktails and tapas at my favorite respite: the bar downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue! Check out my sultry snaps, sounds, and sips today on LUVLIFESTYLE!
The underground bar has a speakeasy feel with a sexy swank, serious cocktails and seasonal Spanish-style tapas. With no windows and comfy leather armchairs, one can sink back and lose all semblance of a tight NY schedule after just one delicious sip! My go-to cocktail is a smoky, spicy and sweet number: the Mexican Firing Squad, which is a blend of Blanco Tequila, pomegranate molasses and bitters (see DIY below!) And for snacks I can’t resist the perfectly blistered Shishito Peppers and tender grilled Octopus with baby potatoes. The rock shrimp ceviche has the perfect tang and my guests went nuts for the rich lamb meatballs.
At the bar downstairs, there is only one motto to live by: The Problem with Some People is that when they aren’t Drunk, they’re Sober. Touché Andaz! I can’t wait for the next trip and the next round!
Check out the bar menu HERE & recreate this seasonal drink at home:
LLUV MEXICAN FIRING SQUAD COCKTAIL DIY
*Shake the Blanco Tequila, dash of bitters, dash of pomegranate syrup, fresh lime juice and a splash of soda water together. Pour over cocktail ice cubes in a low ball cocktail glass and garnish with a lime.