I decided to meet my friend Layla who was visiting from London for New York Fashion Week at one of my favorite cocktail bars in the city, Ward III. It was my selection because it’s laid-back, low-key, and the cocktails and food are just “gorgeous”, as Layla described them. I flipped through the cocktail list, and while they had my favorite, “Baby Evelyn” on the menu, I decided to ask for one made up just for me because I’m special, clearly. I noticed they had Barbancourt, the Haitian rum on the list, and asked the mixologist to make me a surprise cocktail featuring the rum and fresh limes. He worked his magic behind the bar, mixing, scooping, pouring and shaking ingredients, and made me a delicious cocktail, that made Layla stomp her foot on the ground and scream. Sure, she is naturally hyper, but the cocktail was THAT good.
After that cocktail, she wanted to try another cocktail bar in Tribeca that I’ve raved about. We headed to Silver Lining, the piano/cocktail bar on Murray Street. I scanned through the shelves, and noticed they also carried Barbancourt! Similarly, I asked the bartender to make me two special cocktails featuring Barbancourt, and he even named them! Layla had the Haitian Brooklyn, and I sipped on the Haitian Cooler. The Haitian Cooler had a hint of ginger, which I loved. I need to head back to these two bars, and find those mixologists so I write down all of the ingredients for these cocktails.
It just made me extremely happy that Barbancourt is being carried at so many top cocktail bars in the New York City. I’ve gotten into the habit of asking random places if they carry Barbancourt wherever I decide to go. And if by chance they don’t, and I like the establishment enough, I suggest it.
After our night of delicious Haitian rum based cocktails, we headed to West Village for an hour of dancing with my friend Giuseppe. Veranda, a hookah lounge/nightclub, was packed on a Wednesday night. I had work the next day, and I made it home around the curfew I made for myself.