Mixologist Jeremy Oertel of Donna - Brooklyn, NY

27 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(646) 568-6622
Hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri 6pm-4am; Sat 4p-4am; Sun 4pm-2am

Adding yet more bang to Williamsburg’s independent mixological buck (a currency to rival Manhattan) is Donna, a Central American-inspired cocktail and small plates venture that sits in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. Architectural edifices might loom outside, but inside it’s all about light and graceful curves, with a vaulted ceiling and the overall promise of a just polished-antique—courtesy of designer brothers Evan and Oliver Haslegrave. Like the food menu, drinks veer south of the border, with lots of rum (some of it Ancho chili-infused, as in the bracing Scarlet Fever) and bold flavors balanced by a grounding in the classics. Mixologist Jeremy Oertel straddles the divide gamely: his Brancolada is a nimble twist on a classic colada, minty, fresh, subtly rich, and palate-quenching, while the subtler Donna Daiquiri is a lesson in the beautiful chemistry of minimal ingredients.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Donna Daiquiri: Puerto Rican Rum, Campari, and Lime
  • Brancolada: Branca Menta, Appleton Jamaican Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, and Coconut Cream

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