By Olivia Cuccaro
Resting Fierceness at The Up & Up
1 oz Pernod Absinthe
.5 oz mezcal
.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino
4 maraschino cherries
To create this cocktail of the week, muddle mint, cherries and Luxardo Maraschino in a small tin. Add the Pernod Absinthe, mezcal and ice. Stir until the ice is almost dissolved, then pour into a chilled double rocks glass. Top with ice, add a metal straw and a ring of Peychaud’s Bitters. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
For its traditional green color, absinthe has been infamously referred to throughout history as “the green fairy.” So where better to enjoy the anise-flavored spirit than in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village? At the New York craft cocktail bar The Up & Up, the Resting Fierceness adds an exciting mezcal twist to the traditional absinthe cocktail with a cherry-infused sweetness. Perfect for slow sipping in this intimate setting.
“I wanted to do a real absinthe cocktail, where absinthe was the base spirit, not just a mist or rinse,” said Matt Piacentini, owner and general manager of The Up & Up, in speaking to Elite Traveler. “That said, I did not want to go in the direction of a sour or something with champagne. I started with an absinthe frappe, and made it like a mint julep. Then I added Luxardo Maraschino…and finally settled on mezcal to give it this totally different low frequency. I then added muddled maraschino cherries in with the mint to round out the sweetness. As is a through line in many of my drinks, you’ve got two very different flavors dancing, and it’s in the place where they meet that most of the experience of the cocktail happens.”
Access The Up & Up down the stairs from Macdougal Street, where you’ll find an upscale cocktail den in the space that once housed Gaslight Cafe, former haunt of Bob Dylan. Enveloped in William Morris wallpaper, the cozy venue exudes the aura of a neighborhood bar from days gone by, with guests savoring signature cocktails in dimly lit booths. From the Resting Fierceness (taken from George Saunders’ story Semplica Girl Diaries) to Zuzu’s Petals (taken from the film It’s a Wonderful Life), stop in for pop-culture inspired cocktails or “insanely good” versions of classic drinks on your next trip to New York.
The Up & Up is located at 116 Macdougal Street, New York, NY, 10012. For more information, please visit upandupnyc.com.