At each Literary Debutante Ball, we create a signature cocktail for guests to enjoy. This year we’re thrilled that Rosie Schaap, author of the memoir Drinking with Men, has created a special signature cocktail honoring our 2013 Mentor of Year Dan Chaon—The Stay Awake–named after Dan latest book, Stay Awake. We’ll be serving these drinks all night on Thursday June 6th, at the One Story Literary Debutante Ball. If you can’t join us in Brooklyn, mix your own, and enjoy! A very special thanks to our gin sponsor, New York Distilling Company’s Dorothy Parker Gin, for helping us make these delicious cocktails for the party. Remember to please drink responsibly! As Dorothy Parker famously said, “I like to drink a martini. Two at the very most. After three I’m under the table. After four I’m under my host.”
THE STAY AWAKE (created by Rosie Schaap)
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1 heaping tsp/barspoon honey-ginger simple syrup (for the story “The Bees”, and because ginger is regarded as a natural stimulant and should help people, you know, Stay Awake)*
- 2 dashes of orange bitters
- soda water to top
- orange twists and/or candied ginger to garnish
*To make honey ginger simple syrup, warm x amount of honey in a heavy saucepan, stir in an equal amount of filtered water, add a good knob of peeled ginger (say one 2″ piece per cup of honey). Let honey fully dissolve, then simmer for 10 minutes. Cool for at least an hour. Strain into clean squeeze bottles.
Preparation: Fill a highball glass with ice. Add gin and simple syrup, stir. Top up with soda water. Add bitters. Garnish with a twist of orange and a piece of candied ginger (you can impale these together on a cocktail straw).