We sit down with Naren Young of Bacchanal in New York City and taste his beautiful, intricate concoctions.
Here at Bacchanal, they’ve been certain to infuse each cocktail with a very personal spin — resulting in art-like, complex drinks found here and nowhere else that are almost too pretty to drink.
Their signature cocktail is the Bacchanalia. Ergo, it has “wine components” including just one ounce of Wild Turkey Rye and a “sangria-inspired syrup” that is made with sugar and red wine reduction, topped with sparkling Lambrusco, garnished with berries and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Naren explains that they wanted to make “a drink that anyone would like — that transcends all demographics.”
The Summer 2014 is a seasonal drink featuring muddled sugar snap peas, Akvavit (a caraway-flavored vodka), lemon thyme, and a little bit of salt. The flavors are, as described by Naren as, “complex and a nice one, like the Gimlet.”
This beauty is called the Chamomile, which has all kinds of “layers and senses of chamomile,” including chamomile-infused tequila, yellow chartreuse (an herbal liqueur from France with a honey, chamomile flavor), chamomile honey, and is garnished with dried chamomile flowers and sprayed with a chamomile mist.
What happens when you take a relatively unknown space neighboring East London’s hip Dalston area, and transform it into a mystical woodland bar featuring live music, street art and authentic Scandinavian fare? For starters, a cool culture-crossing summer hangout for young trendsetters.
To keep revelers geared up for mayhem, East London’s best street food eateries such as Brick Lane’s FIKA Bar and Kitchen, Buffalo Joe’s,and Mama’s Jerk Station will be serving creative takes on Swedish meatballs with skin on chips, herring, buffalo wings, pulled pork burgers, chicken wraps, salt fish cake, and chicken dumpling soup.
The inventive nature-meets-urban-cool vibe is further enhanced by street art and other artistic mediums invited to contribute their thoughts and works inspired by the outdoorsy theme.