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Raise a Glass: Vice Versa at Dear Irving

Dorothy Parker, razor-sharp wordsmith and Algonquin Hotel mainstay, was known for her acerbic barbs. For instance, when an editor pressed her about a deadline, her alleged response was, “Tell him I was too f**king busy—or vice versa.”


Vice Versa at Dear Irving

Vice Versa at Dear Irving (Photo: Courtesy of Dear Irving)

That witty anecdote is what inspired Meaghan Dorman, barkeep at the newly opened Gramercy cocktail parlor, Dear Irving, to create the vivacious Vice Versa. “It’s a sparkling drink with a whole lot of personality, just like Ms. Parker herself,” she says.

Featuring radiant Raventós rosé cava, the sunset-hued concoction is ultimately “a floral aperitif,” Dorman points out. But, she pairs it with the appropriately named Brooklyn-made gin, Dorothy Parker, along with grapefruit, Pamplemousse liqueur and Luxardo bitters for a cocktail that has “amazing aroma, clean acidity and a touch of bitter that keeps it interesting.” A caveat: Drinking more than one of these is rather easy. Since peeling away from Dear Irving’s sexy, Versailles-like back room requires much effort, consider the Vice Versa, then, a prelude to a long, glamorous evening.

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