Profile: Aliza Kellerman
I am a lady who loves her liquor, a Brand Ambassador, and a booze writer. My pug, Gimlet, is a national treasure.
As so many stories begin, when I first moved to NYC, I was lonely and craving a drink. A leggy blonde directed me toward a craft cocktail bar named Elsa. I told the bartender to make a drink for a girl who was friendless in a new city. I'd venture to say this drink changed my life.
Laphroaig, tobacco bitters, maple syrup, what was this concoction?
Writing about booze was no longer enough for me. So I did a career 180 and began to work for a craft distillery called Adirondack Distilling Company. As a Brand Ambassador, I've loved every minute of growing ADC, from hocking whisky at farmers markets to suiting up for the corporate side of the beverage industry. After working exclusively with ADK for some time, I began to collaborate with Royal Wine Corporation, spearheading a social media & digital content initiative.
I continue to write about booze and the fun that comes with it. I taste, recap, review, and wax poetic about all things intoxicating. If I can strain a story out of it, I will. I also pun with great pride.
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Booze and community work have a surprisingly compatible history. For examples, the Bon Vivants’ Pig & Punch or Jameson’s collaboration with The Movember Foundation. So it makes sense that Old Pulteney Whisky teamed up with US Sailing for the 2015 Maritime Heroes Award.
Chances are if you live in New York City, you don’t love Times Square. This is one statement that I believe applies to natives and transplants alike. However, if your office isn’t in midtown, there will inevitably be a time where you will have to go to the area – probably when a friend is visiting you from out of town. So why not make the best of it and drink well? Perhaps this wasn’t the inspiring idea behind Bar 54, the new sky-high bar in the Hyatt Times Square curated by Julie Reiner, but for locals, it will be the enduring one.
All images by Edmund DeGuzman.
Wherever you are on the side of the Starbucks red cup debate, we can all agree on one thing this holiday season: cocktails are a necessity. Sensing the opportunity to capitalize on this bipartisan, religiously neutral demand, barware retailer Cocktail Kingdom has released a stunning new Reserve Collection.
New York has been getting a lot of fame for their number of ever-proliferating craft distilleries (and breweries, and wineries, and chocolates, and tea…), but what a lot of people don’t realize is that New York isn’t synonymous with New York City. A ton of fun stuff is going on in the Hudson Valley, one of the most idyllic places to get a little sauced – especially during the fall.
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Yes, yes, winter is the season of hot chocolate and flips, but it’s also when the citrus fruit harvest is in full swing. Don’t just settle for spiked lemonade. If there was ever a time to demand fresh juice, this is it! Yesterday we posted the history of the Whiskey Sour. Check out these other classic citrus cocktails that will keep you sipping happy all winter.
Somewhere in the vast pool of the Internet, I read that hard liquor makes oysters indigestible. Luckily, this is patently false, and I spent one lovely Wednesday night slurping and sipping with Julie Qiu at The Leadbelly NYC. Julie is an oyster aficionado and loves these mollusks as much as I love Martinis.
For what it’s worth, I kind of like Valentine’s Day. There’s usually a lot of chocolate on sale, and I can’t argue with that. Plus, it gives me another excuse to drink. If you’re in a relationship (or something like it), buy your sweetheart all the candy (s)he desires. But can we please quit it with the cloying, mouth-coating sugar bomb cocktails? There are plenty of sexy drinks that don’t involve crème de cacao. Here, I’ve listed one for every stage of your relationship. Recipes included!