Bar Stars, High-Price Margs and Beertails

Look soon for Julie Reiner, operator of NYC’s Flatiron Lounge and Brooklyn’s Clover Club, as she’s set her sights on a new location in Manhattan where she’ll feature tropical drinks reminiscent of her Hawaiian heritage. Just don’t call it Tiki...

Latest TV bar star: In an episode that aired in mid-April, William Grant & Sons’ Charlotte Voisey was spotted serving Stolichnaya Martinis to the contestants on the Bravo show “Top Chef Masters.”

Maybe this is a sign of the end of the recession – the return of the super- expensive Margarita. N9NE Steakhouse in Chicago marks Cinco de Mayo with its “Ultimate Margarita,” a $49 variation made with Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Anejo tequila, Grand Marnier 100th Anniversary, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, pomegranate juice and fresh lime.

Ultimate Margarita N9NE Steakhouse

Don’t forget the beer when crafting a summer drink list. Josh Durr created some beertails for BoomBozz Pizza & Taphouse in Louisville last month and hosted a sampling of four beertails one evening, including the Bozz Chelada (a twist on a classic Michelada), Nelson’s Grog (a variation of a classic rum grog with BBC stout and Appleton rum) and the Italian Pale Ale, featuring Aperol, orange juice and Belgian ale.

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