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It’s Negroni Week, Here’s Where We’re Tossin’ Em Back

Perfection (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Perfection (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Ah, the Negroni — one part gin, one part Campari, one part vermouth, but all parts refreshing, bitter sophistication. The Italian-born drink was immaculately conceived in 1919 by a bartender who, looking to make a drink called the Americano boozier, swapped soda water out for gin. It’s great either on the rocks or up — we’ve even seen a dangerously boozy frozen version that’s perfect for summer (but not for dignified nights) at the Narrows.

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Death + Company Drinksmith Opening a Cocktail Bar in Bushwick

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Al Sotack

After a year and a half as a bartender at Death + Company, award-winning mixologist Al Sotack is getting ready to strike out on his own. He and Maks Pazuniak, former head bartender at New Orleans’s acclaimed Cure, plan to open a cocktail bar late this summer in an old check-cashing facility on Flushing Avenue in Bushwick.

Sotack, an NYU alum, made a name for himself as head bartender at Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Philadelphia. During his time at the at acclaimed “drinking establishment” — which was nominated twice for James Beard Awards — Sotack was voted Eater Philly’s “Bartender of the Year” for 2012, and he won the 2013 StarChefs.com Philadelphia Rising Star Mixologist Award.
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