Handpick Herbs, Infuse Your Own Spirits at This Rooftop ‘Mad Scientist’ Liquor Lab

Meghan Boledovich (Photo: The New York Observer)
Meghan Boledovich (Photo: The New York Observer/Sage Lazzaro)

NYC has an overabundance of rooftop venues with prime views for your drinking pleasure, but there’s one serving up a different kind of fun this summer.

The Press Lounge bar located atop the Ink48 hotel is offering guests the chance to indulge in the kind of chemistry they wish they learned in high school science classes. Beginning May 11, the midtown bar is inviting guests to their liquor lab where they’ll have the chance to play mad scientists and create their own DIY infusions, alcohols and bitters using seasonal ingredients from the bar’s own rooftop garden.

“We’ll really be doing garden to glass,” Meghan Boledovich, The Press Lounge’s in-house forager, told The New York Observer when we stopped by for our own go at the lab.

Ronak Parikh filtering fresh limoncello (The New York Observer/Sage Lazzaro)
Ronak Parikh filtering fresh limoncello. (The New York Observer/Sage Lazzaro)

Each session will be an intimate, hands-on learning experience with Ms. Boledovich and a guest local spirit purveyor. When we swung by for our early look at the lab, we worked with Ronak Parikh from Brooklyn’s own Industry City Distillery to make limencello. But don’t mistake this for bartending or plain old cocktail mixing; real chemistry was happening, and I tinkered with a plethora of beakers, funnels and other science-y tools I can’t name.

Each workshop includes palete-cleansing bread and cheese, tastings and three DIY opportunities to take home, which can be tailored to your group’s alcohol preference. Some concoctions planned for future sessions include new cocktails, vermouth with various botanical bases and a slew of different varieties of fresh bitters flavored from orange to habanero.

Sounds like delicious summer fun.

Reservations are required for the lab and can be made by emailing The Press Lounge at Events@ThePressLounge.com or calling (212) 757-2224. Sessions are limited to groups of no more than six and the price is $70 per person. Handpick Herbs, Infuse Your Own Spirits at This Rooftop ‘Mad Scientist’ Liquor Lab