Todd Richman from NYC will be shaking things up with both Chartreuse and Ilegal Mezcal. Richman is best known as "Chartreuse Todd," brand ambassador for the French liqueur made by Carthusian monks. Although you'll usually find him mixing drinks at bars as he tours across the country, his background has some culinary perspective ― he's spent time in the kitchens at both Eleven Madison and Blue Hill in New York.
Also on hand will be Ilegal Mezcal founder Steven Meyers to guide patrons on the process and profile of his newly introduced spirit. Beretta bar manager Ryan Fitzgerald, well known for his knowledge and ardor of agave-based spirits, will also be there, answering both questions and thirsts.
You'll have an opportunity to sample flights of Chartreuse (both green and yellow varieties), and Ilegal's joven, reposado and añejo varieties, in half-ounce pours (prices TBD). Ilegal is a robust, less smoky mezcal made in Oaxaca from the espadin agave variety.
Tomorrow night's cocktail offerings include:
• Lush Oaxacan Life: Reposado mezcal, sweet vermouth, Aperol, yellow Chartreuse, Mole bitters
• My Swizzle for Warren: Joven mezcal, green Chartreuse, pineapple, lemon, absinthe
• Bricia Blanco: Joven mezcal, Cocchi Americano, grapefruit oil
• Palabra Ultima: Green Chartreuse, joven mezcal, maraschino, lemon
Chartreuse and Ilegal Mezcal Night at Beretta
When: Tues., July 13, 8-12:30 a.m.
Where: Beretta, 1199 Valencia (at 23rd St.), 695-1199