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Cool Runnings with Sailor Jerry at Miss Lily's new Avenue A location

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Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was the feature of the Punky Reggae Cocktail Party last Thursday night, at Miss Lily's 7A, the new location in the East Village of Miss Lily's, the Jamaican restaurant that has been a Caribbean outpost on West Houston Street in Soho since 2011. The party celebrated the three specialty cocktails designed by Miss Lily's mixologists to highlight the iconic flavors of the 92 proof rum. They were showcased by many of the Jamaican specialties Miss Lily's is renowned for.

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The "Uptown" is a blend of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Elder Flower Liqueur, champagne and lemon. The "Pressure Drop" is Flor de Cana, fresh mint and simple syrup on top of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, and the "Champion Bubbla" is champagne, Sorrel reduction and Sailor Jerry. The bartender's also threw in icy tin cups full of frozen "Dark & Stormys", a cocktail popular with the sailing community and also the national drink of Barbados. Usually Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum mixed with ginger beer and lime on the rocks, the drink served at Miss Lily's on Thursday was frozen to slushy perfection.

Miss Lily's energetic and friendly waitstaff kept the food coming throughout the two hours the party jammed to reggae music in the packed restaurant. First up were plentiful bowls of Ackee dip & plantain chips. Ackee was introduced to England by Captain William Bligh in 1793, three years after he and the men loyal to him were set adrift in a launch by mutineers aboard his famed ship, the HMS Bounty. The fruit is native to West Africa, but was imported to Jamaica sometime before 1778. It has the taste and consistency of scrambled eggs, and Miss Lily's version is smooth and creamy. Miss Lily's Famous Hot Pepper Shrimp didn't last long, nor did the Jerk Grilled Corn with toasted coconut. Guests washed down all the Jerk Chicken, which Miss Lily's is so famous for, and the rice and peas with the Sailor Jerry specialty cocktails and frozen "Dark & Stormys". Curried vegetable roti, callaloo and Oxtail stew were also presented, and just as quickly demolished by hungry gourmands.

Miss Lily's 7A is the joint venture of owners Paul Salmon and Binn and Genc Jakupi. Salmon owns and runs the award-winning Rockhouse Hotel in Jamaica as well as serving as one of the founding partners of Joe's Pub in Manhattan. The Jakupi brothers have been an integral part of New York City's most exclusive nightclubs including Bungalow 8, 1Oak, and The Box. The team is rounded out by designer Serge Becker, who has put his aesthetic stamp on many cool downtown venues including La Esquina, Lure Fishbar and Cafe Select.

In addition to great Jamaican cuisine and Sailor Jerry specialty cocktails at Miss Lily's 7A, Melvin's Juicebox, the line of organic juices from Melvin Major Jr. is also available. Major has been supplying his blends of fruit and vegetables to NYC's juice obsessed for twenty years, and he is the go-to for juicing celebs and regular New Yorkers, who swear by his organic juice cocktails. A favorite hangover relief is his Real V8, which is Melvin's special blend of kale, collard greens, beets, apple, lemon, ginger, red onions, garlic, red cabbage, green cabbage, tomatoes and cayenne pepper.

Miss Lily's 7A

109 Avenue A

New York, NY 10009

212 812 1482

www.7a.misslilys.com

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