Encounter with an aesthete in love with ultra-sophisticated cocktails.
Located in East Village, Pouring Ribbons is a friendly place where locals come to relax and discover a wide range of cocktails. At the bar, you can sip a cocktail as you would smell a good perfume. The pleasure of the senses is at the heart of the creative process of the founder : Joaquín Simó.
What do New Yorkers think of cognac?
J.S. There are two perceptions of cognac here in New York : one goes with the club culture, and the other with contemplation and deep conversations between friends.
What are good combinations that enhance cognac?
J.S. Orange and lemon go very well with Cognac, as evidenced by the famous Sidecar cocktail. Personally, when I try to produce something sweet and smooth, I like to mix it with cherry.
You like to constantly invent new cocktails. What are you currently working on ?
J.S. Right now I am creating a sweet and spicy cocktail called the “Gem Spa”, a reference to a newsstand at the corner of St. Mark’s Place and Second Avenue in the East Village. This St. Mark’s Place newsstand and candy store has been frequented by East Village residents for decades for its famous chocolate soda. In my interpretation, I chose to add notes of spice and hazelnuts to a chocolate base. Here’s the recipe:
Gem Spa :
Dessert/Flip Joaquín Simó
1 oz Cognac
0.75 oz Angostura 7 yr
0.75 oz Capataz Andres Cream Sherry
0.5 oz Vanilla
0.5 oz Tempus Fugit Dark Crème de Cacao
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters
1 whole egg
Dry Shake. Shake. Fine Strain.
Glass: Soda Fountain glass
Ice : None
Garnish : Cocoa Powder
Ideas to retain :
• Work with spices to stimulate the senses.
• Draw on something iconic in the neighborhood to create new cocktails.