Night of Joy, located in Williamsburg, is everything it’s name promises. The speakeasy’s vibe is strangely exotic and not too Williamsburg-y, with great music, a working fireplace, pool table, smart cocktails, and a rooftop. Here, Jennifer Armstrong, co-owner and bartender at Night of Joy, serves up a sensual Italian cocktail based on the Academy Award winning rom-com Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicholas Cage, who, according to her, you’ll want to jump on after a sip of this heady drink.
“Moonstruck is set in a predominantly Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn, much like the one where Night of Joy is located. It’s story and dialogue are so brilliant that my best friend and I know every line by heart after watching it so many times. We toasted each of Cher’s engagements, like the rest of la famiglia, by dropping sugar cubes into flutes of champagne. My version of this drink is made bittersweet with some Italian amaro and a few drops of Lacryma Christi (Italian for “the tears of Christ”) because as Nicholas Cage breaks it down for us, “Love don’t make things nice —it ruins everything! It breaks your heart….We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and DIE!” A few of these cocktails and it should not take much to convince you to go upstairs and GET IN HIS BED!!!”
In a champagne flute:
1/2 ounce of Fernet Branca Amaro
A few teardrops of Red Lacryma Christi
Top with Prosecco
Drop in 1 Sugar Cube
Photography by Sam McKenna