A Tale of Two Cocktails

Inspired to experience a luxury New York City Happy Hour in both a classic and modern hotel setting, CIRE’s Amy Fronczkiewicz recently visited the iconic Ritz-Carlton, Central Park and the brand new, Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad.

Modern renovations to the Central Park location enhance iconic, old-world details featuring original gold lighting fixtures and Carrara marble.  Stacey Colonna, Global Luxury Account Executive for Marriott International Luxury Collection tells us, “The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is the quintessential New York City townhome – the location, being right on the park, paired with the ambience at the hotel from the moment you walk through the doors makes the hotel unmatched in that respect. The hotel celebrated their 20th anniversary this past spring and they continually keep up with the times refreshing the rooms and public space, but yet still manage to stay true to their New York elegance they’ve been renowned for.”

Amy F. tried the hotel’s signature cocktail, the Manhattan Minute.  It’s made with private selection, single barrel bourbon whiskey, made exclusively for the Ritz-Carlton, Central Park by Brooklyn’s own, Kings County Distillery. Truly, luxury in a glass.  Guests of the hotel receive a complimentary cocktail during the Manhattan Minute Happy Hour from 5:15-5:30pm daily.  (But we sweet-talked the bartender into sharing the recipe here, in case you want to try it at home…)

Manhattan Minute

  • 3 ounces Kings County Bourbon
  • 1 ounce Carpano Antica
  • 2 drops Old Fashioned Bitters
  • 1 Filthy Cherry
  • Add all ingredients into mixing glass with ice and stir thoroughly
  • Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with preserved cherry

On her second stop chasing the quintessential New York cocktail experience, Amy F. visited the Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad, one of the newest locations in the Ritz-Carlton family.

Stacey shared…  “The most anticipated opening of the year in the Marriott Luxury Brands profile in my book was the The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad which debuted in July. One of the most exciting features at the hotel is its food and beverage offerings which are brought to you by Michelin-starred chef José Andrés. You will be hard-pressed to find a better view from a rooftop bar in the city! This hotel is a must see, stay and experience.”

We agree!  The interior spaces created by world-renowned designers inspire the senses with one common theme…luxury in every detail.  The hotel’s signature drink is the Foggy Hill cocktail, featuring Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, served with an “orange-thyme aromatic cloud” that mimics the transformative experience of entering the hotel. Welcomed by charming staff into its sleek floral oasis, the Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad is the perfect decadent escape.

Ready to sip, savor, and relax?  Reach out for your VIP experience at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park or the Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad.  Business travel, group travel, or vacation travel, CIRE should be your first call.

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