How NYC’s Slowly Shirley Revived a Forgotten Tiki Elixir

July 28, 2015

Welcome to Drinks Decoded, a column dedicated to exploring how the country’s best cocktails are made. Up now, the Cleopatra at Slowly Shirley in New York City.

It’s a very green cocktail, though sometimes in the dim light it can look blue. This is the first inescapable fact of the Cleopatra, a hit dram at New York City’s subterranean cocktail destination Slowly Shirley. “Our idea was to create a bartender’s dream bar,” says managing partner, beverage director, and longtime barman Jim Kearns. “The sky’s the limit in terms of ingredients and serving vessels. It’s meant to be a haven for…