Jim Meehan is the owner and head mixologist of Please Don’t Tell, New York’s favorite speakeasy-inside-a-telephone-booth-inside-a-hot-dog-shop. Once it gets warm enough (fingers crossed), we’re looking forward to sitting out on the roof with Jim’s spring cocktail of asparagus tips and other harbingers of spring.
Grandmothers are bastions of fine manners, and ours always had strong opinions on drinks—mixed, shaken, stirred, and especially spilled. A consummate hostess, she taught us that putting one’s guests at ease is the golden rule of giving a gracious party. So when a festive cocktail party climaxes in a brandy stain on her favorite kaftan or bust of Marie Antoinette, she never fumbles for the right course of action.