Manhattan recently saw the opening of its first legal distillery since the establishment of Prohibition. Located near the Ace, this enterprise is currently producing a small-batch vodka called Our/New York distilled from corn and blended, in an iron-clad pledge to locavore principals, with New York tap water.
The vodka is another link in the chain of grain strewn across the globe by Our/Vodka, a Stockholm-born concept now backed by Pernod, that sets up micro-distilleries in different cities, with each recipe attempting to source ingredients locally and tweaked to reflect civic character or terroir. Our/Vodka distilleries currently exist in L.A., Detroit, London, Amsterdam and Berlin.
The spirit is hand-bottled on site, with graffiti-and-skate fiend Dave Ortiz of Dave’s Quality Meat operating Manhattan’s location. Our/New York is sold at the distillery and liquor stores in 375oz. vessels for $22.99, in addition to local bars and restaurants.
Perfect. Because somewhere out there, there's a Ukrainian grandma who moved to the East Village in 1979 and credits both vodka and New York tap water for her longevity, squealing at the prospect of killing two birds with one bottle.
Our/New York Distillery, now open, 151 W 26th St (at 6th & 7th Avenues), Manhattan, 646-753-5556