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Queen Bee Cocktail Classic

  • Back Label Wine Merchants 111 W 20th St New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
© Natalie Keyssar

© Natalie Keyssar

There's no better way to experience the nuanced, unique characteristics of nature's agricultural product than by drinking it! From caramel to citrus, barnyard funk to bergamot, the aromas and flavors of unfiltered, all-natural honey are endless!

It's easy to forget that alcohol is an agricultural product, too. But just as Apis Mellifera refines the nectar and pollen of plants into honey, distilleries refine grains and botanicals into complex expressions of nature's harvest. While bees are the original farmers, transforming the nectars of our ecosystem into sweet, golden honey, bartenders are civilization's honeybees, transforming alcohol into nuanced creations that delight the senses! 

We're sending our worker bees into the field to forage for local honey, regionally produced spirits, and whatever fun ingredients strike their fancy, in a quest to create the best honey-based cocktails in town. Join us at Back Label Wine Merchants for a celebration of our favorite pollinator, and participate in the hive mind that crowns one contestant Queen Bee! Will it be last year's winners, Allison Kave and Keavy Blueher of Butter and Scotch? Or will Nicci Carnaggio and Jena Ellenwood of Sparrow Tavern take the throne? Meryl Laborde of egg restaurant, Blythe Gruda of Gallow Green, Katherine Varno, and Paula Lukas will all be there with sublime concoctions sure to get you buzzin'!

As you sample entries from New York City's best craft cocktail mavens, snack on tasty nibbles by Stinky Bklyn and find your favorite sustainable spirits of the night available for purchase on your way out of the shop!  We'll see you there!

Tickets: $40


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