The Raines Law Room on

Named for a Prohibition era regulation, The Raines Law Room is almost the antithesis of a St. Patrick’s Day vibe. The street entrance to the cocktail bar is marked just by a small plaque near the doorbell. Inside it’s dark and cozy. The only green I saw was the lime in my drink.

Head bartender Meaghan Dorman (yes, she’s packing Irish ancestry) has created the Madame George. She uses BushmillsBlack Bush Irish whiskey, because she likes the dark, fruity notes, and accentuates with Cherry Heering liqueur and house-made ginger syrup.

If I stop in on Saturday I will consider sitting behind the gauzy curtains in the semi-private area. There’s also a tiny barroom where guests can watch the shaking and stirring.

A topic of conversation will inevitably be the wallpaper’s silhouettes of pretty people in various poses, arms and legs akimbo.

Seating reservations aren’t taken on most nights. If you show up, they’ll take your number and you’ll have to wait elsewhere until they phone you to say a space is available. At 48 W. 17th St. Information:

Wildest Redhead on

Red-haired Meaghan Dorman, who presides over the cocktails at this Iroquois hotel lair, was insulted that the Wild Redhead, a lemon juice-Cherry Heering cocktail featured in the circa-1970s Jones Complete Bar Guide, didn’t reflect its sassy moniker. Dorman amplified the drink, creating this spicier, boozier version that lives up to her brazen expectations.

Wild Redhead – Make It At Home

¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce honey
¼ ounce St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1½ ounces blended Scotch
¼ ounce Cherry Heering

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the lemon juice, honey, dram and Scotch and shake vigorously. Drizzle the Cherry Heering over ice (ideally one large cube) in a rocks glass and then strain the cocktail into the glass. Serve.

Excerpt from the blog Spirit Me Away

The following could be read on the blog Spirit Me Away where author Meaghan Dorman has been experimenting with farmers market apple cider (and rinsed the glass with Heering Cherry Liqueur for the right touch!).

Autumn Gingerbread Flip

I finished up my recipe for the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Recipe blogger contest right in the nick of time. One of my favorite things about fall is farmers market apple cider, so I knew that would make into my recipe. Check out the final recipe:

1.5 oz farmer’s market apple cider
1.5 oz Sazerac Rye Whiskey
.5 oz Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
.5 oz egg white

Rinse a cocktail glass with Cherry Heering liqueur. Pour all ingredients
into a mixing glass and dry shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Add ice
and shake again. Strain into rinsed cocktail glass. Garnish with a flamed
orange zest.


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