White media bracelet secured, I was for once able to skip the impressive line outside the Highline Ballroom. It is a Wednesday evening, and the prospect of drinking at Midnight was risque for the corporate peon I have become. I am told however, that at 10pm it is Midnight somewhere, and was subsequently handed a shot of Kahlua Midnight and a slice of orange.
The shot is richer than the regular Kahlua, with more body and less of the cloying taste beloved by underaged drinkers far and wide. Paired with a gentle shock of citrus, the rum espresso shot goes down smooth and spreads a happy warmth. Better yet, the Highline Ballroom Bar had revamped its menu with 6 specialty cocktails and shots. While I found Midnight Blossom, a mix of Midnight, Mandarin Vodka, simple syrup and Pineapple too much of a sugar rush, the Pink Panther was a much more tempered drink, sweet, with the appropriately calming bitters.
After the phenomenally entertaining air guitar show at 11pm, which marked Midnight down somewhere in Brazil, I closed out the night. As responsibly as possible, I encourage you to check out some of the recipes with this new liqueur, and also the Highline Ballroom, another option for your nights out in the meatpacking district–with three bars to address any additional alcoholic needs that may rise.
From the Notebook: This was a really impressive, well put together event. Kudos to the folks at Access Communications and also the corporate minds at Pernod Ricard. Highline Ballroom’s transformation was exceptional, with coffee bean sacks, custom tables with the logo embossed, and countless clocks stopped at midnight.