Taking in the Spirit of Albany

Inventive cocktails showcase the true Albany!

Albany, NY – Who doesn't love a good cocktail, especially when it's got a cool name or special meaning? Over the past few months, we asked some of Albany's best mixologists to create an original recipe that they felt embodies the true Spirit of Albany- and they didn't let us down!
Jack’s Oyster House’s Centennial Tini 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. The 'Going Dutch' Martini and The Hudson High Tider both represent Albany’s Dutch heritage. Blueberry Hill Thrill highlights how prolific blueberries are in this area, and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s two areas that reference the fruit - Blueberry Hill East and Blueberry Hill West. Schuyler Mansion Manhattan exemplifies all of the history of the Schuyler Mansion, from Philip J. Schuyler and wife Catharine Van Rensselaer’s residency in 1763 until 1804. The Tulip Queen describes one of Albany’s most popular traditions- the Tulip Festival, where hundreds of thousands of tulips bloom in Washington Park, and as part of the festivities, a Tulip Queen is crowned. That’s All Benny is about keeping things as locally sourced as possible since the area has so much to offer! Dark & Spicy’s main ingredient is Quackenbush Still House Rum- the Quackenbush House being the second oldest structure in Albany.

In addition to the new Albany-inspired creations, there are also some historic punch recipes, thanks to the Albany Institute of History & Art- Lime Rub Shrub, Champagne Punch, Cherry Bounce, Pumpelly Punch, and Regents Punch. These recipes represent aspects of Albany, from popular ingredients that date back to the 1800’s, which were enjoyed by the Van Rensselaers, to recipes used by George Read, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and ancestor of Mrs. Harmon Pumpelly Read, a noted Albany hostess.

The recipe featured above is from Nine Pin Cider Works, which recently opened it's doors as New York State's first licensed Cidery right here in Albany! Next time you're in the area, stop by for a tasting- Thursdays and Fridays from 4-9 PM, Saturdays from 1-9 PM, or by appointment!

Uncover the story behind each recipe by visiting www.albany.org/spiritofalbany.

About the ACCVB:
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit www.albany.org.