Slow Spirits, Sip It Eeez-ay

More than 30 distilleries have kicked into gear in New York since the late aughts — and from 7-9pm tonight at the Astor Center, you can check out a multitude of Empire-centric flights of fancy at the Second Annual Spirits of New York sippin’ extravaganza.

A collaborative crush between Slow Food NYC and Astor, this locavore pour of a tasting highlights producers making their hooch in the Empire State using New York-sourced ingredients and fairly traded other source-ables in the mix  (or distillate or crush or infusion) if they can’t get it here. Producers will include: Finger Lakes Distilling, Jack from Brooklyn, Breuckelen Gin, Industry City, Harvest Spirits, Catskill’s Distilling, Hillrock Estate Distillery, Tuthilltown Spirits, and Uncouth Vermouth, among other fine New York-centric producers. Tickets are 40 clams ($30 if you’re a Slow Food member) and you can get ’em here. Cheers!

Amy Zavatto

Amy Zavatto is the daughter of an old school Italian butcher who used to sell bay scallops alongside steaks, and is also the former Deputy Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She holds her Level III Certification in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and contributes to Imbibe, Whisky Advocate, SOMMJournal,, and others. She is the author of Forager's Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She's stomped around vineyards from the Finger Lakes to the Loire Valley and toured distilleries everywhere from Kentucky to Jalisco to the Highlands of Scotland. When not doing all those other things, Amy is the Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.

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