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harlem-shotsManTripping was invited to Vegas for a reason that dates back to 1691. No joke. It's the HARLEM Kruiden Liqueur Shot Showcase at Rain Nightclub in The Palms.

Allow me introduce you to HARLEM. HARLEM comes from a town just outside of Amsterdam called “Haarlem.” While similar to Jägermeister in that it is an herbal liqueur best served as a frozen shot, this one ranks far above anything like it that we've sampled.

And here is Las Vegas, we are doing some major sampling. In this "Shot Showcase," there are 14 victorious mixologists and bartenders that have already won best shot made with HARLEM in their respective regions of the country. From Chicago to Las Vegas, each of these cocktailians has a shot ready for us to shoot. Watch the footage that we shot in this video as we downed them all. Sampling the creativity of the country's most talented mixologists as well as the versatility and incredibly robust flavors of the spirit was a pleasure indeed.


HARLEM is owned by The Nolet Distillery, family-owned since 1691. That is a bloody long time to be producing fine spirits. They claim to be the oldest family owned company “father to son” lineage wise. In Vegas, I meet, interview and drink with the 11th generation Nolet son Carl Nolet, Jr. He is the man that was responsible for bringing Ketel One to the U.S. back in 1990. The Nolets have serious passion for the business with the motto of “always put the best liquid in the bottle.” In addition to passion, the Nolets and the whole HARLEM Family are very hospitable and know how to have a great time!

However, for the moment, I'm sticking to the shots. Thus, the moment of truth comes as the mixologists display and sample us on their signature HARLEM shots at Rain Nightclub. They're already winners in their respective markets, so this is simply the

nation's best bartenders on showcase. I'm impressed with the variety of ingredients that compliment the HARLEM. From rosemary, Limoncello, chocolate to pumpkin, I'm trying them all because it is our assignment as journalists to capture these by video, photo and articles. I am more of “taster”and “reviewer,” so while it is often that I imbibe, I'm typically not shooting. How will I hold up? Watch the video to find out.

Across the dancefloor, we see the Nolets have recently branded and taken over the VIP room at Rain Nightclub at The Palms. In this “bar within a bar,” the walls are stacked high with HARLEM and ice cold serving HARLEM dispenser machines stand ready to pour shots. I do several more interviews here with with Bill Eldien, President of Nolet Spirits. We begin each interview off with a shot of HARLEM. Why more shots?

And the party continues to go on as from the Shot Showcase, we find ourselves in the club XS at Encore. The Nolets have ordered us up bottle service with their finest including HARLEM, Ketel One Oranje and Citroen. One booth over from us we spot Holly Madison. I was going to offer up a HARLEM, but she seemed quite interested in a gentleman friend.

ManTripping.com thanks HARLEM, the Nolets, Bill Eldien, Rebecca Janoff, Sally Alfis and M Booth & Associaties for their kind invitation and awesome hospitality! And here's a toast to all the bartenders and mixologists who created masterpieces of shots! All the winning recipes are below.

Look for HARLEM as it continues to be introduced to more markets across the US and worldwide.

HARLEM Shots Recipes:


#1: Chicago- Judges’ Choice


Mike Miller




The Red Light

  • 1 oz. HARLEM
  • ¾ oz. Effen Black Cherry Vodka
  • ¼ oz. Vanilla Flavored Alcoholic Whipped Cream
  • Cherry

Shake HARLEM with cherry vodka vigorously with ice and strain into a glass. Add topped of vanilla whipped cream and a cherry on top.




#3: San Francisco- Fan Favorite


David Ruiz


Mr. Smiths


Harlem Marmalade

  • 1 oz. HARLEM
  • ¾ oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Bar spoon homemade triple citrus orange marmalade

Add HARLEM and fresh lemon to shaker. Add jam and ice. Shake very hard to break jam down. Double strain and strain ice cold into a shot glass.






#2: Chicago- Fan Favorite


Adam Garvanian


McFaddens Chicago


Harlem Night

  • 1 oz. HARLEM
  • Chocolate Liquor
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Dash of Goldschlager
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Add 1 oz. HARLEM, equal parts chocolate liquor and Bailey’s, and a dash of Goldschlager into a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar.






#4: Orange County- Judges’ Choice


Jaren Singh


St. Regis Stonehill Tavern


Blood for Harlem

  • 1 Part HARLEM
  • 1 Part Johnnie Walker Black
  • 1 Part Cherry Herring
  • Blood Orange Wheel for Garnish

Mix the above ingredients in a shaker. Shake and pour into a shot glass. Garnish with a blood-orange.






#5: Orange County- Fan Favorite


Chris Johnson


Heat Ultra Lounge


Harlem Sweet Heart

  • 1 oz. HARLEM
  • ½ oz Chambord
  • ½ oz. Pama Liquor
  • Splash of Lemonade

Combine ingredients in a tin. Shake with ice, served chilled.






#7: Los Angeles- Fan Favorite


Quenten Rouse


Downtown Brewing Company Paso Robles


Dutch Pound Cake

  • 1 oz. HARLEM
  • ½ oz. Malibu Rum
  • ½ oz. Frangelico Hazelnut
  • Sugared Lemon

Add HARLEM, Malibu, Frangelico into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a shot glass. Garnish with sugared lemon.




#6: Los Angeles- Judges’ Choice


Dan Long


First & Hope and STK


Harlem Express

  • 1 oz. HARLEM
  • ¾ oz. Chilled Espresso
  • ¼ oz. Vanilla Syrup
  • ¼ oz. Cream

Add HARLEM, espresso & vanilla syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a shot glass. In a separate container, shake cream until slightly whipped. Float cream on top of shot.



#8: Miami- Judges’ Choice


Richie Petronzi


Burger N Beer Joint


Harlem Nights

  • 1 oz. Apple Smoke Bacon Fat Washed HARLEM
  • ½ oz. Fresh Pressed Apple Juice
  • ¼ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ oz. Grade A Maple Syrup
  • Fresh Tarragon

Add all liquids to a mixing glass, add a few tarragon leaves and stir cocktail for 20 seconds. Double strain and Garnish with Tarragon leaves and a slice of Honey Smoked Bacon.



#9: Miami- Fan Favorite


Nick Nistico


JB’s On the Beach


Harlem Night Nurse

  • Tanqueray 10 Gin
  • White Crème de Cacao
  • Homemade Orange Cacao Syrup
  • Orange Oil

In a small shaker tin, add the first 4 ingredients. Add ice and shake thoroughly. Twist an orange peel over the shot glass, allowing the natural oils to flavor the inside of the glass. Strain the shot and pour into the shot glass.






#11: New York- Fan Favorite


Nancy Orellana


Black Bear Bar and Grill


Harlem Nights

  • 1 oz. HARLEM
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier
  • ½ oz. Coke

Pour HARLEM, Grand Marnier and coke into a shaker with ice. Serve chilled.




#10: New York- Judges’ Choice


Danna Bree Markulin


Thunder Jackson’s


Harlem Bull Run

  • ¾ oz. HARLEM
  • ¾ oz. Ketel One Oranje
  • Splash of Orange Juice
  • Splash of Red Bull
  • Cinnamon Orange for Garnish

Mix the HARLEM, Ketel One Oranje, splash of orange juice and red bull in a shaker. Shake and pour into a shot glass. Garnish with a cinnamon orange. Serve chilled.




#12: Phoenix- Judges’ Choice


Andrew Record


Hacienda del Sol


Harlem Renaissance

  • Lemon Cello
  • Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Thin Orange Zest.

Combine ingredients in a tin. Shake and strain. Garnish with a thin orange zest.





#13: Phoenix- Fan Favorite


Gail Riley


My Ole Man’s


Harlem Rage

  • 1 oz. HARLEM
  • ½ oz. Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka
  • ½ oz. Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Cranberry Juice

Shake and strain over ice.





#15: Las Vegas


Sugar O’Brien


NOVE Italiano at the Palms Casino


Harlemween Pumpkin

  • Half HARLEM
  • Half Pumpkin Mix*
  • *Pumpkin Mix Recipe
  • 1 can Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • Same can full of Simple Syrup (1:1)
  • Same can full of Apple Cider
  • Heaping teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Heaping quarter teaspoon of Citric Acid




#14: Las Vegas


Lucas Swallows


Palazzo – Carnevino



  • 1 oz. HARLEM
  • ½ oz. Gingerbread Liqueur (Hiram Walker)
  • ½ oz. Voyant Chai Cream Liqueur
  • Organic Saigon Cinnamon
  • Organic Nutmeg

Shake all ingredients with ice and serve in shot glasses. Top with equal parts Organic Ground Saigon Cinnamon and Organic Nutmeg.