Back in the day, when John and Caroline Schneider lived and worked in the ground floor of 97 Orchard Street, they ran one of the hundreds of lager beer saloons on the Lower East Side in the late 19th century. On their tour, we often discuss how the saloon was an important communal place for people to grab a drink after a long day of work and feel a strong sense of community with their neighbors, and celebrate the big events and small achievements of everyday life.
In honor of our virtual gala on April 29, 2021, we have crafted a specialty drink menu of cocktails and mocktails – some historical and some inspired by our Tenement families – to recreate that feeling of community with our guests as they watch from anywhere in the world. We’re also including the recipe from our popular signature drink, the Tenement-ini, served at our last in-person gala in 2019.
Even as we gather in our homes to celebrate the Museum on April 29, we hope that everyone has a festive evening!