Rooftop season is finally here and as any New Yorker will tell you, there’s nowhere better to enjoy a drink than perched high above the hustle and bustle of the city. The is kicking off the summer season with a brand new cocktail, made for Siweb, the Walt Whiskey, which will be available to guzzle at Rare View the hotel’s large rooftop garden and bar, owned by Doug Boxer.
The recipe is inspired by the interior neoclassical architecture of The Morgan Library & Museum, its esteemed neighbor on Madison Avenue, and the 19th century poet Walt Whitman.
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, the Morgan is kicking off a new exhibit on June 7, Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy, which will feature a collection of the drafts, ephemera, correspondence and photos of the man who completely changed the game for American writing with his classic Leaves of Grass which was originally published in 1855.
Just a short walk from the Morgan, the Shelburne hotel, known for its spacious, apartment-style rooms and city-view terraces, just underwent a refresh of their 325 guest rooms and suites. After a few Walt Whiskeys there, you'll be reciting "I Sing the Body Electric" by heart just like you may have in high school.
The Shelburne's Walt Whiskey for Siweb
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon local honey
2 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
1 oz. lemon Juice
1 oz. simple Syrup
Combine ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice. Stir with a bar spoon for 30 seconds and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a drizzle of honey.