When you think of the revered Eleven Madison Park, fish and chips, gin, and Beatles tunes aren’t exactly what immediately comes to mind.
But on Sunday afternoon, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic transformed Eleven Madison’s patio to Liverpool, complete with English weather (read: cloudy and damp!), English bulldogs and English gin.
Despite the weather, I’m sure other attendees would agree that the British Invasion was, hands down, the best event on this year’s MCC docket. The event featured Beefeater and Plymouth gin (our favorite!) cocktails made by head bartender Leo Robitschek, music from The Crooners, and fish and chips from Daniel Humm’s legendary kitchen. The ever-charming Eleven Madison waitstaff were particularly adorable in their Union Jack dresses.
The menu offered six superb drinks, mostly classics such as Negronis, South Sides, Pimms Cups, but one of my favorites of the afternoon was one of Robitschek’s own creations—the English Heat—made with Beefeater 24, jalapeño-infused Agave, lemon, Tuaca, and Dolin Dry Vermouth.
The event would have been lovely regardless, but having it at Eleven Madison Park was particularly special. After all, could there be anything nicer than sipping a cocktail, overlooking Madison Square Park, with the real, live (okay, sort of…) Beatles playing in the background?
Penny, the English bulldog and the party’s official matriarch (see above) patrolled the patio to ensure that everyone was thoroughly enjoying themselves, but as you can imagine, fun wasn’t hard to come by as people danced, sipped and ate into the evening.
Needless to say, the next time the British invade Eleven Madison Park, we’ll be among the first in line!