Know Your Boats While Drinking at Azur
It's not just the decor that's nautically themed at chef Frederik du Pue's seafood restaurant Azur, opening April 18. So are the cocktails, which are named for famous boats. Y&H took a look at the stories behind some of these vessels, which range from fictional submarines to presidential yachts to ghost ships. (And seriously, where is the Titanic and S.S. Minnow?)
Like some of their namesakes, a few of these drinks are for high-rollers. Five of the 15 cocktails cost $20 or more, with the most expensive being $40 (although that's nothing compared to the $40 million superyacht it gets its name from). If you're not careful, your wallet may be as empty as the Mary Celeste.
Check out the full drink menu at the bottom.
Mary Celeste, $11
Chopin Potato Vodka, ginger syrup, fresh lime juice, club soda
About the Boat: In 1872, this merchant ship was found mysteriously abandoned in the Atlantic, even though it was in working condition with all the crews' belongings in place. Explanations for the crews' disappearance include everything from underwater earthquakes to mutiny to sea monsters to UFOs. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a fictional short story about the mystery of the Mary Celeste, which he called the Marie Celeste. The ship inspired a 1935 film.
TY KU Citrus liqueur, OXO honey vanilla vodka, ginger tea
About the Boat: If you know any of the boats, you should know this one. It transported the pilgrims from England to America in 1620.
Horseradish-infused vodka, black pepper-infused vodka, fresh lemon juice, tomato water, Tabasco, celery bitters
About the Boat: According to legend, the entire crew was dead and frozen below deck when this ghost ship was discovered near Greenland in the late 1700s. The captain was still in his cabin along with his log, which indicated the ship had been lost in the Arctic for 13 years.
Honey Fitz, $18
Barr Hill Gin, lavender tea, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, fennel bitters
About the Boat: It's the former presidential yacht beginning with Franklin Roosevelt. John F. Kennedy named it after his grandfather John Francis Fitzgerald.
Bulldog Gin, Suze d’Autrefois, Dolin Blanc, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup
About the Boat: Jacques-Yves Cousteau's boat, which he transformed into an oceanographic vessel for exploring the seas.
Bulldog Gin, crème de cassis, fresh lime juice, jasmine tea, Laurent Perrier Champagne
About the Boat: Captain Nemo's submarine in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
TY KU Citrus Liqueur, Cruzan Rum, jasmine tea, club soda
About the Boat: This ship transported convicts from England to Australia in the late 1700s.
Cruzan Rum, Crème de Noyeaux, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, fresh grapefruit juice, simple syrup, mint
About the Boat: Ernest Hemingway's fishing boat
123 Organic Tequila Blanco, TY KU Citrus Liqueur, honey dew juice, cucumber, rosemary
About the Boat: A former presidential yacht used by several presidents going back to Herbert Hoover
Magusta 165, $40
Martell XO, Grand Marnier, passion fruit juice