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07/01/13

If It Ain’t Smoke...
BBQ and Alcohol. Together.

Since you’ll be busy living, libertying and pursuing happiness Thursday, you may need to combine the vital Independence Day elements of drink and barbecue. Thus, the finest barbecue cocktails in the city. Drink them, or the king of England wins.

UD - I Hear Banjos

AT THE WAYLAND

I Hear Banjos

BBQ-iness: Apple pie moonshine and applewood smoke trapped by a second glass in a rye-based beverage.
The Secret: Leave the second glass on as long as you can stand it.
The Effect: It’s like inhaling a grill and then eating pie... only far more pleasant than literally doing that.
411:
The Wayland, 700 E 9th St (near Ave C), 212-777-7022
UD - Improved Hit by a Car Number 2

AT EVELYN DRINKERY

Improved Hit by a Car Number 2

BBQ-iness: They’ll add Memphis BBQ bitters to this mezcal/tequila concoction if you ask nicely.
The Secret: One of the fellas behind Evelyn came up with it after getting hit by a car. Silver lining and all that.
The Effect: Off-menu Mexican smokiness.
411:
Evelyn Drinkery, 171 Ave C (near E 11th)
UD - Eight-Layer Dip

AT HILL COUNTRY

Eight-Layer Dip

BBQ-iness: It’s a vodka-and-tequila-based spicy Bloody Mary, with the Bloody blend doing the heavy ’cue lifting.
The Secret: The blend is made using the same dry rub they use on the actual barbecued meats.
The Effect: Think liquid ribs with a serrano pepper kick. The way ribs were meant to be experienced.
411:
Hill Country, 30 W 26th St (between Broadway and 6th), 212-255-4544
UD - BBBQ

AT EXCHANGE ALLEY

BBBQ

BBQ-iness: A dash of BBQ bitters and smoked salt in your beer.
The Secret: This is the only place in town to get a full pint of barbecue cocktail at once.
The Effect: The most purely refreshing option. Like a michelada served from a smoker.
411:
Exchange Alley, 424 E 9th St (between Ave A and 1st), 212-228-8525
UD - The Deckleback

AT BRISKETTOWN

The Deckleback

BBQ-iness: A bottle of Lone Star, chased with a hunk of award-winning brisket in a shot glass.
The Secret: You’re not actually meant to combine brisket and beer. But, you know, one small step for man...
The Effect: You going back for a full order of brisket.
411:
BrisketTown, 359 Bedford Ave (between S 4th and S 5th), Brooklyn, 718-701-8909
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