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East Harlem

WP Wines and Spirits is located in the vibrant community of East Harlem. As a new comer to the neighborhood we plan to immerse ourselves in this electric neighborhood. Take a minute to learn with us.

Fun Facts

East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem and El Barrio, is a neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, New York City roughly encompassing the area north of 96th Street and east of Fifth Avenue to the East and Harlem Rivers.

The neighborhood is one of the largest predominantly Latino communities in New York City, mostly made up of Puerto Ricans, as well as a rising number of Dominican, Salvadoran and Mexican immigrants. It includes the area formerly known as Italian Harlem, in which the remnants of a once predominantly Italian community remain. The Chinese population has increased dramatically in East Harlem since 2000.

East Harlem is rich in culture. The area is filled with artists, delicious food that reflects the diverse flavors of Latin America and cultural institutions like El Museo del Barrio. So much literature and music has been written about Spanish Harlem that it would be impossible to list. Most famous is the song “Spanish Harlem”, first recorded by Ben E. King and re-recorded by many musical artists thereafter.

El Barrio has also spawned talent, the likes of Mark Anthony, Tito Puente, television pioneer Paquito Cordero, poet Julia de Burgos, actors Burt Lancaster and Al Pacino and many more notable personalities.

To learn more http://sovisit.us/eastharlem/history.

 

Dark Chocolate Whiskey Ganache

16 ounces good quality dark chocolate 65-72 %, chopped into small pieces 1/4 inch or less.
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup Jack Daniels Whiskey

Instructions:

1. place the chocolate in a heat proof bowland set aside.
2. heat heavy cream until just boiling. Pour over chocolate.
3. Cover chocolate and cream for 2 minutes to allow chocolate to soften. Uncover and stir
with whisk until smooth and silky.
4. stir in butter until fully incorporated.
5. stir in whiskey until fully incorporated, cool completely.

Chocolate J.D. Cupcakes

2 Cups (10 ounces) all purpose flour
3/4 cup (3.75 ounces) coco powder
2 cups (14.5 ounces) granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup super strong coffee
1/2 cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1. In a large bowl, stir the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
2. In separate bowl (I use a 4 or 8 cup measuring vessel) combine the eggs, coffee, whiskey, buttermilk and oil.
3. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
4. Spoon the mixture into prepared cupcake cups… (I use 4 ounce souffle cups also known as nut and portion cups) I only fill half full and they come right up to the top.
5. Bake in preheated oven about 18-20 minutes until the tops spring back when lightly pressed.
6. Cool completely.

Red Wine Tomato Sauce

1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon crumbled sage leaf
4 cups tomato sauce
1/2 cup dry white wine (something you would drink)
salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Sauté onion and garlic in oil over low heat for 15 minutes-until very limp.
2. DO NOT BROWN!
3. Add sage and sauté 5 minutes.
4. Add tomato sauce and wine-simmer UNCOVERED 10 minutes.
5. Then cover and simmer for 60-90 minutes.
6. Stirring occasionally.
7. Uncover and simmer to desired thickness.
8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
9. Serve over spaghetti, gnocchi, pierogies, sausages- whatever sounds good to you!

Courtesy Food.com

Winter Warmer

1 bottle red wine
6 cloves
6 star anise
6 green cardamom pods
6 allspice pods
2 stick(s) cinnamon
10 black peppercorns
Nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 orange
1/2 lemon
3/4 cup(s) sugar
2 ounce(s) vodka

Directions

1. Combine all dry ingredients and wine in a pot over medium heat.
2. Squeeze and toss in both the lemon and orange.
3. When the mixture comes to a simmer remove from heat and let steep for another five minutes.
4. Add the vodka. Strain and serve.

Brazil Spice

1.5 oz Hennessy V.S
.5 Fresh Lime juice
.5 Fresh Simple Syrup
Splash of soda
Optional: 4 dashes of Angostura bitters Garnish: Lime wheel
Note: the lime and simple syrup can be substituted with 1 oz of sourmix.

Shake all ingredients but the sprite and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Add a splash of sprite and garnish with lime wheel.

Dark Chocolate Whiskey Buttercream

1 lb. unsalted butter, softened
1- 3 ounce package white chocolate, vanilla or cheesecake instant pudding mix
2 cups Dark Chocolate Whiskey ganache
1/2 cup sifted dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
more whiskey to taste

Instructions:

1. In stand mixer beat the butter and pudding mix together on medium high speed for 5 minutes or so.
2. Turn off, add the ganache, cocoa powder and heavy cream. Beat for another 5 minutes.
3. Add powdered sugar a little bit at a time, tasting as you go until it is sweet enough for you then beat on medium high for at least 5 more minutes.
4. If it isn’t a strong enough whiskey taste for you add tablespoon by tablespoon of whiskey until it is to your liking.