Art World Drinks: A Black and White Manhattan

With a dreary wintry mix covering New York in a coating of snow, sleet, and slush, we decided it was just about time for a drink and Matthew Pillsbury‘s upcoming show of black and white photos of the city at Aperture Gallery provided a picture-perfect inspiration. Using moonshine crafted in the Brooklyn Navy Yard by Kings County Distillery and borrowing a White Manhattan recipe from Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg, we whipped up a cocktail we’re calling the Black and White Manhattan.

“It’s delicious,” said Kings County Distillery co-founder Colin Spoelman. “Quite literally the classiest way one can drink moonshine, as much of an oxymoron as that is.”

The image below, Pillsbury’s “St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York, Sunday, March 17, 2013,” is taken from his recently published monograph “City Stages,” though it will not be included in the exhibition. Utilizing large-format 8-by-10 film and long exposures, Pillsbury captures the frenetic pace of the city. With Pillsbury’s book out now and show opening February 19 at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore in Chelsea, it’s a great time to mix up a cool Black and White Manhattan.

2 oz Kings County Moonshine
0.5 oz White Vermouth (like Dolin’s)
dash of grapefruit bitters
Twist of lemon peel

Stir the whiskey and vermouth in a mixing glass.  Pour into a whiskey glass filled with ice.  Top with a lemon peel garnish.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York, Sunday, March 17, 2013

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

(Photo: © Matthew Pillsbury, Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York)