shrinking wallets, equal more beer cocktails

Because of shrinking wallets, we’re seeing more beer cocktails on the menu…


Brew Tuesday at Artisanal

In keeping with our winter themed nights (Monday Night is Comfort Food at Artisanal), we’ve created Brew Tuesdays. Our craft beers (regularly $7 to $13) will be half price on Tuesday night. Chef Brennan has added Choucroute Garni and Flambée, two classic Alsatian dishes that pair nicely with beer, to the menu on Tuesdays. And to enjoy any night: new Beer Cocktails ($12 to $14) such as East Side Story (Hofbrau Hefe-Weisen, Ten Cane Rum, Fresh Lime Juice and Muddled Mint) and Cabo San Lager (Radeberger Lager,

Chinaco Blanco Tequila and Fresh Lime Juice) 212-725-8585. 32nd Between Park and Madison.

Red Hot Poker Drinks at L’Ecole Restaurant

Dave Arnold, the Director of Culinary Technology at The French Culinary Institute, has custom built a Red Hot Poker (pictured above) to be used in creating new hot alcoholic drinks at L’Ecole Restaurant at the school. The high heat from the poker– which heats to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit– creates a “caramelized note” not created by other forms of heat, he said. Come try, The Red Hot Manhattan (sazerac rye and vermouth) or The Red Hot Ale (amber ale and cognac) for $12 each at L’Ecole Restaurant at The French Culinary Institute, 462 Broadway at Grand, New York City. 212-219-3300. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly.

Check out more fun beer cocktails from other NYC restaurants:

Cafe d’Alsace
Its signature beertail is the Griotte et Citron, $12
Ingredients: made with kirsch, Heering cherry liqueur, fresh lemon,
brandied cherries, and Lindemans Kriek, a Belgian lambic beer flavored
with cherries
(212) 722 5133

Fleur de Sel
Drink: Strawberry Panache, $12
Ingredients: Light beer,2 tablespoons of fresh diced
strawberries,Lemon lime soda

Drink: The Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, $13
Ingredients: Whole egg,1/4 ounce Chocolate Stout,6 ounce Dark Rum

Forge NYC
Drink: The Bulldog Rouge, $10
Ingredients: 11.2 ounces Chimay Rouge Trappist Ale,3/4 ounce St.
Germain Elderflower Liqueur,3/4 ounce Bulldog Gin, Pour gin and St.
Germain into a mixing glass with Chimay. Gently pour over ice in a
stemless wine glass.

Drink: The Tempest, $12
Ingredients: 1-1/2 ounce Bacardi Rum,1 ounce Spicy Tamarind Syrup,1/2
ounce Lime Juice,Tsing Tao Beer,Thai Basil for Garnish, Mix first
three ingredients and strain into a double rocks glass. Top with Tsing
Tao beer and Thai basil sprig.

Drink: Beer Sangria by Roger Kugler, $13
Ingredients: 6 ounces Brooklyn Lager,2 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice,2
ounces Pear Puree,2 onces Triple Sec, Mix all ingredients and slowly
stir (not to flatten the beer). Pour over ice in a pint glass
half-filled with ice. Garnish with fresh seasonal fruits.

Back Forty
Drink: Pennsylvania 75 by Michael Cecconi, $12
Ingredients: 1 ounce Bluecoat Gin,1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice,1 ounce
Ginger Simple Syrup*,Victory Prima Pils beer