“Ol’ Blue Eyes” would have turned 100 this Dec.12 and bars, hotels, and restaurants in the Big Apple are celebrating with signature cocktails in his honor. Here’s a few of our favorites. By Carly Petrone.
Did you know that Sinatra called the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria home for nearly 25 years? Yep, he used to live in the Cole Porter Suite, which was named after the famed composer who lived there before him. Now you can toast to this past Waldorf Astoria New York resident by sipping on a special cocktail called Frank’s Boulevardier ($18). It’s made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Campari, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, and an orange twist garnish. It makes for a perfect nightcap.
Step into an iconic New York City restaurant to celebrate the iconic Frank Sinatra. Carmine’s pays tribute to The Chairman of the Board with a tangy cocktail called Sinatra’s Ice Tea ($14). This fruity drink is made with rye whiskey, Cinzano Bianco, maraschino cherry liqueur, and fresh lime juice. Not a drinker? They’ve got you covered with a fun non-alcholic option called Frankie “Blue Eyes” ($5.50). It’s simply blueberry-lime soda but it’ll make you feel like a kid again.
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Hitch a ride to Hoboken and sip on a cocktail made with limited edition Jack Daniels Sinatra Select. Yes, it’ll cost you $25 but it’s a small price to pay to enjoy a drink in Sinatra’s hometown. This sophisticated cocktail combines Jack Daniels Sinatra Select, Cherry Heering, Sweet Vermouth, and dashes of Peychauds Bitters. It’s served in a chilled martini glass and garnished with a flamed lemon peel. This drink certainly makes a statement, just like “Ol’ Blue Eyes” always did.
BiVi Sicilian Vodka
It was the friendship between Frank Sinatra and actor/restauranteur Chazz Palminteri that led to the creation of BiVi Sicilian Vodka. Palminteri learned that sharing an olive was a Rat Pack tradition and symbolized great friendship. This 100 percent Sicilian vodka brings people together by offering a great base for the perfect martini – all you need to keep this tradition alive is add an olive (or two). Stop by Chazz Palminteri restaurant for a Sicilian Martini ($13.95), made with BiVi vodka, amaretto, and a splash of orange juice or pick up a bottle of BiVi Sicilian Vodka at your local liquor store to create your own martini at home. Try their twist on a traditional Army & Navy cocktail called Flowers of Sicily: BiVi Sicilian Vodka, fresh lemon juice, orgeat syrup, fresh apple juice, and peach bitters. Either way, you can bet Frank would approve.
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Stop into the Carnegie Club on Saturday night and enjoy a night of live music with Steve Maglio and The Stan Rubin 11 piece Orchestra. Sinatra Saturdays takes place at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., so you’ve got two chances to sit back with Sinatra’s favorite cocktail – four ice cubes, two fingers of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, and splash of water. Take advantage of the club’s cigar bar and grab a seat by the fireplace. It’s the perfect way to toast to “The Voice” this winter.