Courier Life’s

Would you drink these libations inspired by the Gowanus Canal?

Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Daily on Facebook.

Naming your establishment after a local landmark is one thing, but taking the more than undrinkable Gowanus Canal as the impetus for a beverage — and serving it up to patrons — is walking a line between the playfully ironic, and plainly daring.

Here are three drinks named after the beloved biohazard that we tried and survived to write about.

The Gowanus

A dip in the Gowanus Canal is more risky than it is restorative, but splashing around in a refreshing cocktail of the same name is a safer proposition. Made with grapefruit vodka, grapefruit juice, seltzer, lime, simple syrup, and some fresh basil flotsam, Bar Tano’s creation is a slightly bitter summer drink that reminded our intrepid reporter of a not-so-sweet mojito or a spiked lime-ade. Fishing out all of that basil using a cocktail straw is a tall task — you might even start empathizing with the feds tasked with scrubbing the waterway while you’re trying to clean out your glass.

Bar Tano [457 Third Ave. at Ninth Street, (718) 499–3400,]. $10.

Gowanus Houseboat Swizzle

This sludge inspired concoction actually looks like a refreshing glass of canal water, but don’t worry — it’s a layer of red bitters, and not a toxic chemical, that sits atop the progressively color shifting liquid, going from orange to yellow to a slight green — a blend of Cachaca, lime, orange juice, and Galliano. It’s cold enough to form frost on the glass, and it starts off strong, tasting of ginger and ends bitter and dry, thanks to the sour.

Clover Club [210 Smith St., between Baltic and Butler streets, (718) 855–7939]. $12.

St. Gowanus Beer

This Belgian pale ale from the local brewers at Kelso is a muddy orange, with an insubstantial head, and tastes surprisingly light — since its name might insinuate a patron saint of pollution. There’s a hint of spice and fruitiness, but the beer feels a bit thin, lacking the punch one might expect from a drink named after a toxic waste dump.

Water Street Restaurant & Lounge [68 Water St. between Main and Dock streets, (718) 625–9352]. $6.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Daily on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

Community News Group

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!