tomize your event from the food and drinks
to the decor,” said Emma Anzelone, the
venue’s marketing coordinator.
Groups of various sizes may reserve
spaces in the Bull Moose and Rushmore
bar areas, in private dining rooms, or book
the entire venue.
“The decor features unique histori-
cal details and nods to the era of Teddy
The Bully Bar features a sommelier-curat-
ed wine list, microbrews and both modern
and classic cocktails made fresh daily.
Signature cocktails include Obama’s Honey
Cider as well as the Rio Roosevelt, made
with Leblon Cachaca, Cedilla Acai Liqueur,
blueberry shrub and sweet lime foam.
“Should groups want something different for their event all they have to do is
ask,” Anzelone said.
“Our staff can work with a meeting
planner to develop specialty cocktails for
the group,” Hanley added. “And we can
also work to create a mixology class where
groups can have a hands-on experience
learning about different ingredients,
liquors and recipes.”
A Toast to MEETING PLANNERS
Given most bars offer unique cocktails made special for group events, we thought it would be fun to ask a couple mixologists to work their magic and create a specialty drink for the readers of Meetings
It’s called, simply, The Meeting Planner.
The Meeting Planner by Pete Vasconcellos, bar director at New York
City’s The Penrose, is a low-ABV cocktail that’s sweet to start with a bitter
middle and a dry finish.
“It’s a low-alcohol stirred option for when you want a little booze to sip
in the afternoon while you fill in your calendar,” he said. “It’s got enough
booze to take the edge off, but not so much that you’ll write expletives in
the meeting agenda.”
1 oz. Carpano Antica Formula vermouth
3/4 oz. dry vermouth
1/2 oz. apricot liqueur (Vasconcellos recommends Giffard Abricot du
Roussillon or Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot)
1/2 oz. Junipero Gin
1/4 oz. allspice dram
Dash orange bitters
Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and strain into a double old
fashioned glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with orange twist.
Bennett Johnson, bartender at Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis,
thoughtfully created another version of The Meeting Planner.
“We chose our Lime Crema because it’s a unique spirit, and meeting
planners all have tricks up their sleeves and different tools in their tool
boxes that make them unique,” he said. “Tequila was chosen as a base
spirit because it’s known for its energy, and meeting planners need a lot of
energy to make sure they don’t drop any of the balls they’re juggling.”
1 oz. Tattersall Lime Crema
1 oz. Blanco Tequila
3/4 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. honey syrup
2 slices jalapeno
Shake all ingredients together and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a jalapeno.
ABOVE: THE PENROSE
RIGHT: PETE VASCONCELLOS
ABOVE: BENNETT JOHNSON
RIGHT: TATTERSALL DISTILLING