A new bar and restaurant in Manhattan will feature cocktails created by a galaxy of female-only mixologists, reports Robert Simonson in The New York Times (8/14/13). The bar is called Grace, and it "is named after Grace O’Malley, a 16th-century Irish pirate and chieftain." The idea came from a guy – Danny McDonald – who says he wants to honor "the more feminine side of the Irish pub." Danny’s partners are all men, too, but their lineup features "a murderer’s row of some of the city’s best mixologists" of either gender.
They include Jane Danger of the Nomad, Franky Marshall of the Dead Rabbit, Ivy Mix of Clover Club, and Eryn Reece of Death & Co., among others. "It seemed like a great way to have a group of women working together on a menu," says Lynnette Marrero, another participant. Along with Ivy Mix, Lynnette is also co-founder of "Speed Rack, a traveling cocktail competition that spotlights the female bartending talent in various cities." It’s not that female mixologists are rare, just that "when it comes time to create a drink program from the ground up, they rarely get the call."
Each of the cocktails will carry a name "inspired by Grace O’Malley" with "a base spirit" selected by Danny McDonald. For example, Jane Danger’s drink is called the White Seahorse (gin, egg white, absinthe, cucumber, lemon juice, orgeat syrup and peach eau de vie) and it "borrows one of O’Malley’s nicknames … None of the women will be part of Grace’s permanent staff, which will include men and women. But each will work a guest bartender stint during the first six months and will help train the regular bartenders." Danny also notes that the bar’s name – Grace – is something we "all could use a little more of."