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Spirit of Albany

We asked Albany's best mixologists to create an original cocktail recipe that embodies the true Spirit of Albany, and they didn't let us down! Click the drink below to view the recipe and uncover the story behind each cocktail, as well as where to find it.

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Spirit of Albany Recipes

Albany Apple Knocker - New World Bistro Bar

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The Empire State averages about 29.5 million bushels of apples annually and which are grown on about 55,000 acres in six major production districts. Even with all of those apples, New Yorkers won’t shy at the chance to get another taste in! That’s why this cocktail embodies the apple flavor...more

Dark & Spicy - 677 Prime

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The Quackenbush House is the second oldest structure in Albany. A key ingredient in the "Dark and Stormy" is Quackenbush Still House Rum, a product of the Albany Distilling Company near the current Quackenbush House - not far from the site of the city's original 18th century distillery...more

Centennial Tini - Jack's Oyster House

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Jack's has been a staple in Albany since it opened it's doors in 1913. This champagne based cocktail celebrates the centennial of not only one of Albany's great landmarks, but also celebrates a family that embodies the true spirit of the city it calls home...more

Ironweed Old Fashioned - Albany Distilling Company

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The Albany Distilling Company supplies the Capital Region and beyond with craft spirits one batch at a time. The Ironweed Old Fashioned is in celebration of just that, keeping with tradition of Albany and their devotion for finely crafted liquors, this cocktail remains a classic. The main ingredient being the Distilling Company’s own Ironweed Rye whiskey, which they are most known for...more

Apple Cider Sangria - The Ginger Man

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This cocktail celebrates and embodies New York's favorite time of the year: Autumn. With the beautiful foliage and favorite activity, apple picking, it's no wonder why residents and visitors alike love the Fall. The Apple Cider Sangria embodies all that comes with that dazzling time of the year. Along with the abundance of apple products, the Hudson Valley and Capital District are known for their local wineries...more

The Tri-City Martini - Reel Seafood Company

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The Tri-City Martini reflects the close association Albany has with the neighboring cities of Troy and Schenectady. The three layers in this cocktail represent the individuality of each city. Each layer adds something unique to the cocktail just like each distinct city makes up the Capital Region...more

The Warehouse District - Nine Pin Cider Works

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The Warehouse District cocktail combines craft beverages from the up and coming Warehouse District in downtown Albany. Using local ingredients in the production of the alcohol and for the cocktail itself, this drink truly embodies the Spirit of Albany in every way...more

Roff Old Fashion - Century House Restaurant

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Manhattan Rye warms the chill of the bitter cold while the refreshing taste of St. Germain reminds you of the warmth of spring that is not too far away. This cocktail exemplifies the spirt of the people of Albany and the beauty and magic of our diverse seasons...more

Passion Fruit Caipiroska - Texas de Brazil

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Although the passion fruit is native to South America, the name could have been penned for New York’s Capital. Albany has always been proud and passionate about its heritage and history. This cocktail’s golden hues and sweet tones also remind us of the Annual Tulip Festival, another celebration of the passion and history of the city...more

'The Old Lansing House' Cosmo - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

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The Hollow Bar + Kitchen is currently located at the site of The Old Lansing House circa 1710. While honoring the historic landmark, this cocktail also embodies Albany’s rich Dutch roots with the addition of Bols...more

Empire State Apple Manhattan - Wolf's 1-11

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When you drive into Albany, it’s hard to miss the Empire State Plaza. Inspired to make New York’s Capital sparkle, Governor Nelson Rockefeller came up with the idea for what he hoped would be the “most electrifying capital in the world.” Today the Empire State Plaza occupies 98 acres of land with 10 buildings, beautiful vistas, and is a favorite spot for residents and visitors alike. This cocktail celebrates the great Empire State Plaza and New York’s state fruit: the apple...more

 
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2014 Spirit of Albany Recipes

Kennedy Sour - Albany Distilling Company & Yono's/dp, An American Brasserie

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The Albany Distilling Company is a modest operation, producing craft spirits one small batch at a time. It is located in downtown Albany, not far from the site of the city's original 18th century distillery. Utilizing Albany Distilling Company's products, the head mixologist at Yono's/dp, An American Brasserie created this Albany-inspired cocktail...more

The Hudson High Tider - La Serre

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La Serre is housed in a building dating back to the mid 1800's, and it is certain that many imbibed at 14 Green Street over the years. Certainly, during Prohibition, as documented by our frequent customer and Pulitzer Prize recipient, William Kennedy. There is much evidence of Dutch Colonial Architecture at La Serre, located only a block from the Hudson River...more

Pumpelly Punch - Albany Institute of History & Art

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Mrs. Harmon Pumpelly Read, a noted Albany hostess at the turn of the century, was known to serve Pumpelly Punch. This powerful potent may have evolved from an earlier recipe used by ancestor, George Read, a signer of the Declaration of Independence...more

Cherry Bounce - Albany Institute of History & Art

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The Gansevoorts were prosperous Albany traders and brewers who had the means to acquire imported luxury goods like their punch bowl. They also patronized local artists and craftsmen. Among the couples' surviving household objects is a colorful portrait of Magdalena with a basket of fruit beside her, leading one to guess that a favored punch recipe of the Gansevoorts was Cherry Bounce, a popular and eminently palatable drink in colonial America...more

Lime Rub Shrub - Albany Institute of History & Art

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Rum, brandy, and limes were popular import items for Albany as evidenced by the frequent appearance of these goods in mid eighteenth century family account ledgers. A punch like Lime Rum Shrub (from the Arabic shurb, meaning drink) made from sugar, water, dark rum, and fresh lime juice, not unlike the modern gimlet, was a favorite drink of the Van Rensselaers...more

Dark & Spicy - 677 Prime

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The Quackenbush House is the second oldest structure in Albany. A key ingredient in the "Dark and Stormy" is Quackenbush Still House Rum, a product of the Albany Distilling Company near the current Quackenbush House - not far from the site of the city's original 18th century distillery...more

That's All Benny - New World Bistro Bar

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This creative concoction is a representation of what we like to think of New World as. We like to keep things as locally sourced as possible, and we also love to spice things up around here. This is a fun, crisp and refreshing cocktail!..more

The Tulip Queen - Nine Pin Cider Works

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Hundreds of thousands of tulips bloom in Albany's historic Washington Park during the springtime Tulip Festival, a tradition that has remained popular for 66 years. As part of the festivities, a young female is crowned the Tulip Queen based on her leadership and community outreach. She and her Court serve as volunteers and ambassador's to the Mayor's Literacy Program throughout the year...more

Schuyler Mansion Manhattan - The Century House

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Schuyler Mansion was home to Philip J. Schuyler, the renowned Revolutionary War general, US Senator, and business entrepreneur. He and his wife, Catharine Van Rensselaer, descended from affluent and powerful Dutch families. Together they raised eight children in this home. Throughout the Schuyler family occupancy from 1763-1804, the mansion was the site of military strategizing, political hobnobbing, elegant social affairs, and an active family life. The wedding of daughter Elizabeth Schuyler to Alexander Hamilton took place in the house in 1780...more

Blueberry Hill Thrill - Hudson-Chatham Winery

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Hudson-Chatham Winery's Hudson River Valley Red is a wine that's produced from several French-American hybrid grapes grown just south of Albany (in Columbia and Greene Counties). It's a fruity, dry red whose flavor is complemented beautifully by the blueberries. So prolific are blueberries in this area, that the Albany Pine Bush Preserve has two areas that reference the fruit - Blueberry Hill East and Blueberry Hill West. The Hudson Valley is the oldest wine making region of the United States, and one can imagine generations of Capital Area folks making fruit wines and blends like this with whatever they had in season...more

'Going Dutch' Martini - The Hollow

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In 1609, Henry Hudson and his Dutch crew discovered the area now known as Albany and began a profitable fur trade. The area grew into a small settlement that remained Dutch in language and culture until the American Revolution. Today, Dutch influences can be seen and experienced throughout Albany...more

Centennial Tini - Jack's Oyster House

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Jack's has been a staple in Albany since it opened it's doors in 1913. This champagne based cocktail celebrates the centennial of not only one of Albany's great landmarks, but also celebrates a family that embodies the true spirit of the city it calls home...more

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2013 Spirit of Albany Recipes

The Fort Orange - The Century House Restaurant

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In 1624, Dutch settlers established, on the site of what is the current Capital District, a permanent trading and military outpost called Fort Orange. To honor our ancestors, The Century House Restaurant has created “The Fort Orange” cocktail...more

The Lounge Kitten - 205 on Wolf

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Where once this was a city functioning as the heart of the State in a very businesslike manner, now Albany can claim many new boutique lounges and restaurants. No longer is it a boring and functional city, for it has a distinct flair all its own from the entertainment and nightlife industries that have blossomed here. The Lounge Kitten is a twist on the classic cocktail the Cosmopolitan: much like the "flavor" of Albany has changed in the past 10 years and evolved into an exciting new city with lots of fresh innovations, especially in the restaurant industry, the Lounge Kitten brings a sweet modern flavor to and old favorite...more

Kennedy Sour - Albany Distilling Company & Yono's/dp, An American Brasserie

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The Albany Distilling Company is a modest operation, producing craft spirits one small batch at a time. It is located in downtown Albany, not far from the site of the city's original 18th century distillery. Utilizing Albany Distilling Company's products, the head mixologist at Yono's/dp, An American Brasserie created this Albany-inspired cocktail...more

White Pelican - Albany Distilling Company & Yono's/dp, An American Brasserie

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The Albany Distilling Company is a modest operation, producing craft spirits one small batch at a time. It is located in downtown Albany, not far from the site of the city's original 18th century distillery. Utilizing Albany Distilling Company's products, the head mixologist at Yono's/dp, An American Brasserie created this Albany-inspired cocktail...more

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli - Reel Seafood Company

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This drink embodies the spirit of Albany as it expresses a sense of humor and wit, representing a connection to the arts and an appreciation for our history - in the case of this drink culturally speaking, as the name is a quote from "The Godfather"...more

Green Street Patroon - La Serre

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La Serre is housed in a building dating back to the mid 1800's, and it is certain that many imbibed at 14 Green Street over the years. Certainly, during Prohibition, as documented by our frequent customer and Pulitzer Prize recipient, William Kennedy. There is much evidence of Dutch Colonial Architecture at La Serre, located only a block from the Hudson River. Blending a antioxidant fruit with hooch can only be a winner!..more

Salinger's Caught - Albany Distilling Company & Yono's/dp, An American Brasserie

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The Albany Distilling Company is a modest operation, producing craft spirits one small batch at a time. It is located in downtown Albany, not far from the site of the city's original 18th century distillery. Utilizing Albany Distilling Company's products, the head mixologist at Yono's/dp, An American Brasserie created this Albany-inspired cocktail...more

The New 32 - Bistro/Bar at 74 State

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"The New 32" refers to the 32 newest members of New York's legislature. Bistro/Bar at 74, located on the second floor of the downtown hotel, 74 State, is truly special; offering a warm and inviting piano bar atmosphere, with richly paneled mahogany walls and gleaming brass. The dynamic view of Albany in Bistro/Bar at 74 is through a window that is 36-feet-wide and 8-feet-tall, offering a perspective on famous historic State Street that will have you reminiscing about Albany's proud political history...more

 
 
  
 
  

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