It’s been a rough year for everyone, for sure, but few countries have suffered as much as Puerto Rico, hit hard by Hurricane Maria. Around 60% of the island remains without power, and nonprofit organizations are still working to ensure islanders have access to food.
In the wake of the hurricane, two bartenders from Puerto Rico, Mario Seijo Rivera and Ivan Torres, have relocated to NYC, where they’ve teamed with the folks from Coup to take over the former August Laura space at 387 Court St. in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, opening a pop-up cocktail bar called El Puente that will run through Three Kings Day (January 6). They’re offering festive takes on classic cocktails, including a perfected piña colada and a hot cocoa spiked with rum, Branca Menta, and apple brandy.
At the end of the pop-up run, Rivera tells us, all proceeds left over after the bar’s expenses (rent, etc.) will be donated to Island People Recovery and Serve PR, nonprofits on the ground in Puerto Rico working to help those affected by the hurricane. In the meantime, they’re also collecting donated goods to send directly down to the island. They’re asking specifically for water filters, batteries, towels (not white), and adult diapers.
Because nothing epitomizes the spirit of the holidays like indulging festively while helping others.