A Mix Master at Ruschmeyer's
July 23, 2011 | East End Eats
Colin Appiah holding U'luvka vodka
With two British chefs manning the kitchen at the revamped Ruschmeyer’s, it’s no wonder that fellow Brit Colin Appiah was tapped to lend a hand behind the hotspot’s bar. This summer Appiah has been bopping between his U.K. home and the Montauk hotel to assist with the restaurant’s cocktail program and shill samples of U’luvka, an ultra-premium sipping vodka for which Appiah is a brand ambassador.
|The Electric Eel cocktail|
Once the preferred vodka of the Royal Polish Court, U’luvka is taking Montauk by storm with its award-winning blend of wheat, rye and barley. And while sipping vodkas aren’t as much of a trend in Montauk as they are in Poland, party-goers at Ruschmeyer’s can’t seem to get enough of U’luvka.
Appiah describes the fans of the spirit as “anyone that appreciates the finer things in life [and] wants to stand out from the norm.” Even the bottle itself is raising the bar, literally and figuratively, with its crooked teardrop-shape and lanky neck. “People working at bars and restaurants find it really easy to work with because it swings like a pendulum,” said Appiah.
What Appiah does with what’s inside the bottle is what really has Montauk buzzing, though. At the moment, two of his most popular cocktails at Ruschmeyer’s are the Bellafonte Margarita and The Electric Eel. Taking its name from the hotel’s retro-themed discoteque, The Electric Eel is Appiah’s favorite libation and is made with sage, pineapple, fresh lime and, of course, U’luvka. Head to Ruschmeyer’s and taste Appiah’s citrus-infused concotion for a little liquid courage before hitting the dance floor. 161 Second House Road, Montauk, 668-2877