First Round Friday - feature drink for August 4, 2017
In Woodhaven, NY an historic landmark was three days from being turned into a Bodega when owner Loycent Gordon saved it from such a banal fate. Debated as the oldest tavern in New York City, Neir’s retains an old world charm and pays homage to its roots through its décor and through the tales told as regulars belly up to the bar. The wood flooring has been scuffed by history’s foot soles, and the bar has been smoothed by the countless elbows of patrons drowning their sorrows and celebrating their joys. Peering down from one of the walls in the tavern is a near life-size poster of Mae West (I would say life-size, but wasn’t she bigger than life?). Mae West was a resident of Woodhaven, and performed for the first time at Neir Hall (now Neir’s Tavern). In her honor, Neir’s has created a drink called Mae West Punch. Like Ms. West herself, its sweet at first, then hits you when you least expect it.
Neir’s (site for some scenes from the movie Goodfellas) has graciously shared the recipe below.
If you choose this drink as your First Round, remember this quotation from Mae West herself,
“I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure,” and order it for the next two rounds as well.
Mae West Punch
1½ oz. each of vodka, rum, and gin
A splash of grenadine
Topped with Red Bull