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Fort Greene cocktail fest offers all-you-can-drink sophistication

What’s shakin’? Tonight, cocktail fest allows booze-hounds to sample a mix of the borough’s mixology

The Brooklyn Paper

These thirsty Brooklynites want their drinks shaken, and stirred.

The Brooklyn Shaken and Stirred hooch fest will wobble into the Green Building in Carroll Gardens tonight to highlight the wares of array of Brooklyn bars along with different liquors and wines from local distilleries.

“It’s a way for us to highlight, expose, and showcase the growing libation scene and also to spotlight the distilleries that have opened up,” said Sharon Beason, publisher of Brooklyn Exposed, which is organizing the event.

For a $55 at the door, attendees at the three-hour-long drink fest get all-they-can-drink specialty cocktails from bars including Hawker Bar in Prospect Heights, Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg, Hunter’s in Cobble Hill, Locanda Vini e Olii in Clinton Hill, Tooker Alley in Crown Heights, and Vodou Bar in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The participating watering holes have been asked to pour their single best cocktail for the drinking event, which will double at a cocktail competition. At the end of the night, drinkers will vote on their favorite creation — and there are some involved recipes in the running.

Tooker Allley owner Del Pedro will be serving up his famous Crown Heights Negroni, which consists of gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, and Sorel liqueur.

“It’s like a gin cocktail with Caribbean spices,” said Pedro, who added that the Sorel used for the drink is made by Jack from Brooklyn, a Red Hook-based distillery that will also be featured at the event.

Juan Castillo of Huckleberry Bar said that he will be pouring his Peychaud’s is a Virtue, a creation made with Industry Standard Vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters, and mint.

“It’s great because it’s a refreshing drink made with vodka that’s a local product,” said the bartender of five years.

DJ Nutritious will be on the ones and twos all night and attendees will also get the chance to sample small-batch liquors and wines from distilleries including Brooklyn Gin, Brooklyn Oenology, Van Brunt Stillhouse, Brooklyn Republic Vodka, and more.

And martini fiends do not need to worry about downing all that booze on an empty stomach. Ample grub will be on hand from local eateries including Bushwick Kitchen, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Fort Reno, Nature’s Grill, Pilar Cuban Eatery, and others.

Brooklyn Shaken and Stirred at the Green Building [452 Union St., at Bond Street in Carroll Gardens, (718) 522–3363, www.bkshakenstirred2013.eventbrite.com]. Oct. 8, 6-9 pm, $55.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

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