Yes, There Will Be a Snake Venom Cocktail at the New Beatrice Inn

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Goes down smooth, with a little bite.
Goes down smooth, with a little bite. Photo: Torsodog/Wikimedia

The long-awaited Beatrice Inn A.G.(After Graydon) keeps us hangin’ on by not opening its doors to the public, but at least here’s one new and vital nugget: The Beatrice Inn will likely sell a cocktail made with macerated snakes. Société Perrier reports that chef Brian Nasworthy was inspired during a trip to Okinawa, where venomous habu snakes are commonly steeped with a secret blend of herbs and spices in a kind of rice spirit called awamori. Like parts of the West Village, the drink is apparently smelly, but invigorating. Also, the drink is not poisonous!

Goes down smooth, with a little bite.
Goes down smooth, with a little bite. Photo: Torsodog/Wikimedia

If this does not float your boat, the all-star bartender lineup the Pegu Club’s double-header Sandy-relief and "MurrayAid" fund-raiser on November 11 includes Gaz Regan, who’ll make "finger-stirred" negronis, which are exactly what they sound like. The collection of mixological talent for this event is awe-inspiring and the cause is noble. Check out all the details here.


Beatrice Inn’s Cocktail Revival With a New Snake Venom Addition
[Société Perrier]
Bartenders Pitch In for Pegu Club’s Storm Benefit [Diner’s Journal]
Earlier: What to Expect at Graydon Carter’s New Beatrice Inn and John DeLucie’s Bill’s