Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lani Kai's Tiki Mondays Holds an All-Star Game

Since it debuted last year at Lani Kai, "Tiki Mondays," a weekly cocktail showcase manned by mixologist Brian Miller (formerly of Death & Co.), has slowly but surely established itself as both the premier tiki event in New York, and a popular industry gathering place. Roughly half or more of the people you see any given Monday are bartenders, journalists or other professionals affiliated with the cocktail world. This is partially because Miller brings in a different guest bartender every week. Cameos have been made by the likes of Dale DeGroff, Allen Katz, Phil Ward, and Joaquin Simo.

For the event on Monday Feb. 13, Miller has assembled a "Tiki All-Stars." "We're bringing back past first mates and teaming them up for an hour and half each behind the stick," said Miller. "Each first mate will be responsible for creating one drink each for the menu. So it will be a menu of 10 drinks, served by all. Our sponsors that night are St Germain and Partida Tequila. All tips are going to charity and each sponsor will be donating money as well. The charity is the Barman's Fund." 

Here the line-up:

Adam Kolesar (better known as "Tiki Adam") & Joe Desmond: 6:00 - 7:30
Julie Reiner (Lani Kai's owner) & Brad Farran (Clover Club): 7:30 - 9:00
Jim Wrigley & James Menite (Crown): 9:00 - 10:30
Lynnette Morrero (Astor Room) & Richie Boccato (Dutch Kills): 10:30 - 12:00
Phil Ward (Mayahuel) & Jim Kearns (Peels): 12:00 - 1:30

Brian Miller and Ryan Lliola will be barbacking.

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