Sasha Petraske, one of New York’s most influential cocktail connoisseurs, has died. Petraske revolutionized the craft cocktail scene in 1999 when he opened the tiny unmarked and unadvertised bar Milk & Honey, shaking up the cocktail scene with his pre-Prohibition libations. The visionary founder of the Lower East Side speakeasy-style bar Milk & Honey was found dead in Hudson, N.Y. early Friday.
- The dapper mixologist was almost always dressed in formal attire behind the bar, credited with popularizing “bartender’s choice” on cocktail menus.
- A native New Yorker, Petraske was known for his use of jiggers to precisely measure out drinks, and for his keen attention to detail and flavor adding cucumber slices to water and making ice in-house.
- Petraske moved Milk & Honey to 23rd St. two years ago, but when the building sold, he closed the iconic watering hole with plans to reopen a version of the bar.