Gardiner is about an hour and a half north of the city, and it’s worth the detour off the Thruway to visit Gardiner Liquid Mercantile. Opened in 2015 by Gable Erenzo, formerly of Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery, this distillery/bar/restaurant stocks only beverages made in house or within a 20-mile radius. The bar holds a rainbow of shrubs and house-made bitters that flavor drinks like the Atlas Shrubbed, a cocktail of house-distilled brandy with sour-cherry liqueur and cherry-peach shrub. Driving? The Liquid Mercantile also makes some killer homemade sodas for the road, and sells bottles of local spirits to drink when you get to your destination.
photo by Maureen Fitzgerald