Here's The Jist:

As a Drink Editor I receive a lot of requests for restaurant, bar and nightlife recommendations. So I started a blog to chronicle Chicago's social scene which eventually morphed into New York's drinking and dining scene. After years in Chicago, I'm now a full time resident of NYC, the East Village to be exact. Look forward to sharing the latest and greatest from the wine & spirits world, straight from the Big Apple.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

42 Below Cocktail World Cup

Earlier this week I was a guest judge along side Southern Wine & Spirits Mixology veteran Bridget Albert (check out her new book!), music legend George Daniels and Bacardi mixologist extraordinaire Debbi Peek at the Cocktail World Cup. It was a pretty great showing of the who's who of the spirits world.

Cheers to Charles Joly of the "The Drawing Room" (and kudos to his bar back Julian who wore a bee costume and hyped up the crowd) for his winning drink 42 BEE STINGS. Charles is headed down to New Zealand to participate in the Cocktail World Cup Finals as he competes as one of 42 international mixologists. Now I just have to convince T at 42 to have an international judging panel...

The Judges

From Left to Right: Music Industry Legend George Daniels, Bacardi Extordinaire Debbie Peek, Southern Wine & Spirits Mixology Master Bridget Albert, Chicago Scene Drink Editor Stephanie Miller

The Judges

Left to Right: George Daniels, Debbi Peek, Bridget Albert, Stephanie Miller with mixology contestants

Charles Joly, The Drawing Room

First Place Winner with the 42 Bee Stings. He's headed to New Zealand. Oh my wow.

Kyle Davidson, The Violet Hour

Second Place

Adam Seger, Nacional 27

Third Place Winner

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


It's the inagural post. After too many conversations with too many people I took the plung.