NYC Part 5: Broadway Show and Cocktails in Manhattan

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I spent a long weekend in NYC. Catch up now with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

After taking some cheesy photos and finding our way to our seats, Holly and I were able to take in the set of the Broadway musical, Once On This Island. (David was exploring downtown on his own, with plans to meet back up with us later on.) The setup was different than any theatre I’d been in before. The theatre is in the round (the audience surrounds the stage instead of being on one side of it) and is very open. Some of the cast was already on stage, milling around while the audience was settling in. The floor of the stage was covered in sand, and there was a “river” flowing in from one side. The first row of seats are on stage, with the audience seated with their feet in the sand. In addition to human cast members, there was a live chicken and a live goat on stage (my cousin’s favorite part)! I don’t have any pictures of the set because photos in the theatre are not allowed and they’re actually pretty strict about it.  The photo below is a model of the set that I found online.

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Once the audience was settled (the show was standing-room only, but luckily we had seats) the show began. During a storm, the village storytellers tell a frightened little girl the story of Ti Moune. Ti Moune is an orphan girl who was adopted by peasants from the peasant side of the island. The island is also home to the grands hommes, wealthy descendents of French settlers who live on the other half of the island. In a Romeo and Juliet style story, Ti Moune falls in love with a grand homme, Daniel. I don’t want to spoil the ending, although if you’re curious, the synopsis is available on Wikipedia. The performance was incredible and the fairly young leading actors had phenomenal voices and stage presences.

After the show, we waited by the stage door for the actors to (hopefully) come out and sign Playbills. The first to come out was Sparky the goat! We got to feed him some goat food and take a few photos. Next to come out was Phillip Boykin who played Tonton Julian, Ti Moune’s adoptive father. He was really nice, signed both of our Playbills, and took a photo with us! Unfortunately no one else came out, but I’m not that surprised since it was a matinee and they had an evening show to prepare for. I was disappointed that Isaac Powell (who played Daniel) didn’t make an appearance, since he went to high school with my best friend and they were in their school’s production of Pippin together.

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We met back up with David and decided to get drinks before Holly headed back to CT and we returned to our Airbnb. Holly picked the place, an Italian restaurant called Da Marino with allegedly really cool bathrooms. We sat at the bar and each had a cocktail. Holly had one of their signatures, an espresso martini, I had a cosmo, and David had a vodka tonic. We chatted with each other and with the bartender, who could tell we weren’t New Yorkers right away. We were the only ones at the bar, since it was like 6PM on a Sunday.

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David and I checked out the men’s and women’s restrooms respectively, and they were indeed pretty cool. The women’s room was like a fantasy enchanted forest. When I returned to the bar, the bartender was singing “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” with piano accompaniment. She was great! I guess she came to New York to become a singer, but was bartending to pay the bills.

We left shortly after her performance, Holly to Connecticut, and David and I to Astoria. David and I picked up some ramen and snacks to eat at home, rather than trying to go out to eat again. We had a chill evening for our last night in New York.

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Read about our last day in the city in my next NYC post! (Update 5/20/18: part 6 is the final piece of the story!) Did you enjoy this post? Have you visited New York before? Did you see a Broadway show? Where do you think the coolest bathrooms in New York are? Tell me about it in the comments below! Share this post via Facebook or Twitter and, as always, follow me here on WordPress for more GREAT content like this!

Once On This Island wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_on_This_Island
Once On This Island set photo: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Broadway-By-Design-Dane-Laffrey-Clint-Ramos-Bring-ONCE-ON-THIS-ISLAND-from-Page-to-Stage-20171216

 

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Christmas drinks

Do you want to serve some festive drinks at your holiday party this year? Check out my guide to Christmas drinks!

  1. Key lime pie: 1 oz lime juice, 1 oz whipped vodka, 2 oz rumchatakey-lime-martini.png
    Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into martini glass
  2. Cranberry mimosa: 3 ½ oz cranberry juice, ½ oz triple sec, 4 oz champagne
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    Add cranberry juice and triple sec to champagne flute. Fill with champagne.

  3. Cranberry mule: 2 oz Ginger beer, 1 ½ oz vodka, 3 oz cranberry juiceCranberryMoscowMule2
    Pour vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger beer into a rocks glass with ice. Stir.  Optional: serve in a traditional copper Moscow mule mug.
  4. Peppermint White Russian: ½ c milk, ½ c Kahlua, ¼ c peppermint vodka (makes 2 drinks)Screenshot_2017-12-03-11-14-05.png
    Combine milk, kahlua, and peppermint vodka in a shaker with ice. Shake and serve in rocks glass. For a creamy drink, use half and half or even cream instead of milk. Makes 2 drinks.
  5. Cranberry cinnamon whiskey sour: 1 ½ oz fireball cinnamon whiskey, ½ oz simple syrup, 1 oz cranberry juice
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    Combine fireball, simple syrup, and cranberry juice in a rocks glass.
  6. Jack Frost shots: 2 oz whipped vodka, 2 oz peppermint vodka, 1 capful blue Curacao (makes 3 shooters)
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    Add whipped vodka, peppermint vodka, and a splash of blue curacao to a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into shot glasses. Makes 3 shooters.

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Shout-outs!

Peppermint White Russian photo: https://lipglossandcrayons.com/2015/12/peppermint-white-russian-recipe/
And inspiration: https://homecookingmemories.com/peppermint-white-russian-cocktail-recipe/

Key lime pie photo and inspiration: http://www.rumchata.com/

Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour photo: http://dev.bakerbynature.com/cranberry-cinnamon-whiskey-sour/

Cranberry mimosa photo: http://stressbaking.com/2015/12/cranberry-mimosa.html/
And inspiration: https://theblondcook.com/cranberry-mimosas/

Cranberry mule photo: http://www.localfoodrocks.com/2016/11/festive-cranberry-moscow-mule.html

A special shout-out to my husband, brother-in-law, mom, and dad for being my guinea pigs!  Thank you all!

Fall drinks

  1. Boozy Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
    1 oz pumpkin spice liqueur
    1 oz coffee liqueur
    1 ½ oz 1% milk (or more, to taste)
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    Combine pumpkin spice liqueur and coffee liqueur in a rocks glass with a few cubes of ice. Add milk or cream to taste (I recommend starting with 1 ½ oz). Stir to combine.
  2. Caramel Apple Mimosas
    1 pitcher:
    1 cup apple cider
    8 oz caramel vodka
    1 (750mL) bottle of champagne
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    Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Serve in champagne flutes.
  3. Ginger with a Soul
    1 oz Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
    1 oz Caramel Vodka
    4 oz Ginger Ale
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    Combine all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Stir to combine.
  4. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shooters
    1 ½ oz Rumchata
    1 ½ oz Fireball whiskey
    ¾ oz vanilla vodka
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    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
    Shake, then pour into 2 shot glasses
  5. Sour Apple Soda

    2 oz Sour Apple Pucker
    2 oz Apple Cider
    2 oz Ginger Ale
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    Add equal parts sour apple pucker, apple cider, and ginger ale to a rocks glass. Stir with ice.

  6. Fall Backwards Shooters

    ½ oz caramel vodka
    ½ oz pumpkin spice liqueur
    ½ oz rumchata
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    Shake in shaker with ice
    Strain into shot glass

  7. Snow White’s Revenge

    1 oz Sour Apple Pucker
    1 oz Caramel Vodka
    4 oz Sprite
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    Add sour apple pucker, caramel vodka, and sprite to a rocks glass. Stir with ice.

  8. 75 Pumpkins

    ½ oz Pumpkin Spice liqueur
    Champagne
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    Add liqueur to champagne flute. Fill the rest of the way with champagne.

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Shout-outs!

Caramel apple mimosas inspired by http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a49432/caramel-apple-mimosas-recipe/

Fall Backwards inspired by

http://www.mantitlement.com/recipes/pumpkin-pie-shots/

Cinnamon Toast Crunch inspired by Michael Anthony

Halloween Drinks

Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? Your friends will love these Halloween themed drinks!

  1. Caramel Apple Mimosas

    1 pitcher:
    1 cup apple cider
    8oz caramel vodka
    1 (750 mL) bottle of champagne

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    Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Serve in champagne flutes.

  2. Bloody Brain Shooters

    ½ shot peach schnapps
    ½ shot irish cream
    Dash of grenadine

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    Fill shot glass halfway with peach schnapps.
    Pour in irish cream with pourer or use a straw to drizzle cream in
    Irish cream will curdle giving the “brain” effect
    Add a few drops of grenadine for “blood”

  3. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shots

    1 ½ oz Rumchata
    1 ½ oz Fireball whiskey
    ¾ oz vanilla vodka

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    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
    Shake, then pour into 2 shot glasses

  4. Harry Potter themed shooters

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    1. Gryffindor
      1 shot of strawberry vodka
      dash of grenadine
      Combine in shot glass
    2. Slytherin
      1 part sour apple pucker
      1 part vodka
      Pour vodka into shot glass.  Layer on sour apple pucker.
    3. Ravenclaw
      ½ shot white Rum
      1 splash Lime juice
      ½ shot Blue curacao
      Pour 1/2 shot of rum into a shot glass.  Layer on blue curacao.  Add a dash of lime juice.
    4. Hufflepuff
      ¾ oz Malibu rum
      ½ oz lemon juice
      ½ oz pineapple juice
      Combine in shaker with ice. Shake and strain into shot glass
  5. Fall Backwards Shooters
    ½ oz caramel vodka
    ½ oz pumpkin spice liqueur (try my recipe for homemade pumpkin spice liqueur!)
    ½ oz rumchata

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    Shake in shaker with ice
    Strain into shot glass

I love Halloween. I love dressing up, I love candy, I love stepping on crunchy leaves, and I really love Halloween themed drinks. I’ve hosted Halloween parties several times in my life and having fabulous themed drinks is always a hit (okay, so when I was 8 it was a little different). A lot of these drinks would be fun to have all autumn long, so enjoy!

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Shout-outs!

Caramel apple mimosas inspired by http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a49432/caramel-apple-mimosas-recipe/ (we also got the photo from them)

Bloody brain shooter inspired by

Fall Backwards inspired by: http://www.mantitlement.com/recipes/pumpkin-pie-shots/

Cinnamon Toast Crunch inspired by Michael Anthony (photo credit: https://www.liquor.com/articles/fireball-drinks/)

Harry Potter shooters inspired by the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

Ingredients:

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 oz vodka
½ oz simple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Combine pumpkin pie spice and vodka in a small bottle
  2. Close and shake vigorously until spices are mostly dissolved (liquid will turn brown)
  3. Let sit at least 2 hours (for best results, let sit overnight). Shake occasionally.
  4.  Strain liquid through coffee filter (I ended up with about 1 ½ oz of liquid after straining) and discard solids.
  5. Add simple syrup to liquid and mix thoroughly

This recipe is pretty simple and perfect for fall drinks (or even coffee, we won’t judge). Enjoy!

Inspired by: https://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/pumpkin-spice-liqueur-recipe

Building Your Home Bar

Are you tired of paying way too much for mixed drinks in bars? Do you like mixing your own drinks, but aren’t sure what you need to keep on hand? You’re in luck, because I love making my own drinks, and maintain a home bar. I’m also cheap AF. Let’s get started!

Quick list:

Liquor: Vodka, rum, tequila, gin, and whiskey

Liqueurs: Triple sec, kahlua, Irish cream, peach schnapps, blue curacao, and bitters

Mix-ins: Lime juice, lemon juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, lemon-lime soda, dark soda, grapefruit juice/soda, pineapple juice, tonic water/club soda, red bull, grenadine, and simple syrup.

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Uh, why?

Liquors are the base of any bar. I would recommend at least one kind of vodka, gin, rum (I prefer white rum), tequila (I prefer silver over gold), and whiskey. Whiskey isn’t my thing, so I don’t keep it around myself, but even if you don’t like something straight, you might enjoy it in cocktails, so I would still recommend getting one of everything when you’re starting out.

Liqueurs are almost as important. They make cocktails really come together. Triple sec is in a lot of cocktails, as are kahlua, Irish cream, and peach schnapps. If you like fruity tropical drinks you want blue Curacao. It’s not really a liqueur, but bitters are used in a lot of cocktails, especially whiskey cocktails.

Juices, sodas, non alcoholic essentials include: lime juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, lemon lime soda (Sprite or Sierra mist), dark soda (cola or Dr. Pepper), club soda, grenadine, and simple syrup. Others include grapefruit juice or soda, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix (you can make your own though!), lemon juice, red bull.

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With these ingredients you can make basic, classic cocktails like margaritas, cosmos, old fashioneds, gimlets, and many more! Always keep in mind that this is your bar. If you don’t like gin, don’t buy gin. If you love rum, get three different kinds of rum. The best part about your bar is it’s tailored to you: to your tastes, preferences, and budget.

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