Mae Mae Mural Magic

By Liz Neumark

We recently decorated the outside of our building – and the facade of Mae Mae Cafe + Plant Store – with an incredible mural by @creativefirecracker, designed by @scratch_nyc and painted by @scratch_nyc, @kingbeeuw, #kerz #elvz

We couldn’t be happier with the results – check it out and let us know your favorite feature!

A few weeks ago, a client visiting our commissary for the first time, suggested we put a sign outside of our building that says Great Performances

You could say we did that, Boogie Down Bronx style!

We also wanted to call more attention to our Mae Mae Café and Plant Shop adjacent to the front door at 2417 Third Avenue.  We had tried a 6’ long banner, a neon sign in the café window, planters, A-frames, but nothing worked.  We needed something big and beautiful and visible from afar.

Graffiti walls are a signature of the South Bronx.  The artwork is under highways, on the side of bridge walls, adorns a giant wall at The Dream School and generally dot the Mott Haven landscape. We have a 60’ long mural by Crash that greets visitors to our 3rd floor office. 

We connected with Jenny “Scratch” in September to imagine what the exterior of our building might look like, reflecting the café, our love of fresh produce, and the plants we sell.  Then we submitted the sketch to our landlord and hoped for a yes.  We got it!

The process took 7 days, one boom, a few artists, good weather and lots of spray paint.  We love the joy it brings to our block along with new patrons at the café who “never knew you were there!”

And rest assured, you will know you have arrived at the Great Performances headquarters when you get here!

Sip Your Way Through Summer:
Delectable Cocktail Recipes from our Venues

By Great Performances

Summer is still in session and there’s no better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing and tantalizing cocktail in hand. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, hosting a backyard barbecue, or simply unwinding after a long day, we’ve got you covered with an array of mouthwatering summer cocktails from our venues. Prepare to embark on a journey of taste and discover a delightful assortment of libations that will elevate your summer experience.

At our venues, mixology is an art form, and our talented bartenders have crafted a selection of cocktails that capture the essence of the season. We’re sharing a curated collection of our favorite summer cocktails brought to you by our Venue Managers, Garvey Dutes of Asia Society Café, Elijah Wilkins of Mae Mae Café + Plant Shop, Danny Newman of Café des Affiches at Poster House, and more.

These easy-to-follow recipes are perfect for crafting a cocktail for yourself or to share with loved ones. Get ready to impress your friends and family with these show-stopping beverages, as we lift the curtain on the secrets behind our venue’s most beloved drinks. So, let the clinking of ice and the muddling of fresh herbs transport you to a summer paradise, where every sip is a celebration of the sun-kissed season.

RECIPE: KIWI RASPBERRY MIMOSA

by Garvey Dutes, General Manager of Asia Society Café

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For One:

4 oz Sauvignon Blanc
2 oz Raspberry Syrup
6 oz Casa Del Mar Cava
1 oz Kiwi Juice

Add Sauvignon Blanc, raspberry syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a bulb wine glass filled with ice. Top it off with Cava and kiwi juice.

Garnish glass with 1 kiwi cube in-between two raspberries.

Batched for Sharing:

8 oz Sauvignon Blanc
4 oz Raspberry Syrup
12 oz Casa Del Mar Cava
2 oz Kiwi Juice

Add Sauvignon Blanc and raspberry syrup to a pitcher. Stir the mixture rapidly to ensure the Sauvignon Blanc and raspberry syrup are well combined. Fill vessel with ice then slowly pour in Cava, while stirring gently to maintain the carbonation. Top the mixture with kiwi juice, but do not stir.

Garnish each glass with 1 kiwi cube in-between two raspberries.

RECIPE: WHITE COSMO

by Garvey Dutes, General Manager of Asia Society Café

For One:

2 oz White Cranberry Juice
2 oz Charbay Meyer Lemon Vodka
0.75 oz Lime juice
0.50 oz Elderflower

Add white cranberry juice, Charbay Meyer Lemon Vodka, lime juice, elderflower and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain the mixture into a coupe glass.

Garnish with a lime twist.

Batched for Sharing:

9 oz White Cranberry Juice
9 oz Charbay Meyer Lemon Vodka
3.5 oz Lime Juice
2 oz Elderflower

Batch without alcohol (zero proof):
Add white cranberry juice, lime and elderflower to a pitcher and stir lightly.

Batch with alcohol:
In a cocktail shaker add 3.25 oz of zero proof mixture above, 2 oz Charbay Meyer Lemon Vodka and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.

Garnish with a lime twist.

RECIPE: GRAPE VALLEY

by Garvey Dutes, General Manager of Asia Society Café

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For One:

2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
2 oz Sweet White Vermouth
1 oz Velvet Falernum
1 oz Lime Juice
Green Seedless Grapes

Muddle 3-4 grapes in a cocktail shaker. Add Hendricks Gin, Sweet White Vermouth, Velvet Falernum, lime juice and ice. Shake, then strain the mixture into a coupe glass.

Garnish with a grape on a skewer.

Batched for Sharing:

7 oz Hendrick’s Gin
7 oz Sweet White Vermouth
3.5 oz Velvet Falernum
3.5 oz Lime Juice
2 large clusters of Green Seedless grapes

Muddle 1 large cluster of Green Seedless Grapes and Velvet Falernum in a pitcher. Add Hendrick’s Gin, Sweet White Vermouth, and lime juice to the pitcher and stir vigorously.

Top the pitcher with ice and garnish with the other cluster of green grapes.

RECIPE: THE LAVO (ZERO-PROOF)

by Elijah Wilkins, General Manager of Mae Mae Café + Plant Shop

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For One:

4 oz Aloe Vera
2 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Lavender syrup

Add aloe vera juice, lemon juice, and lavender syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir together well.

Serve over ice with a lemon wheel garnish or dried lavender.

To Share:

12 oz Aloe Vera
6 oz Lemon Juice
3 oz Lavender syrup

Add aloe vera juice, lemon juice, and lavender syrup to a pitcher with ice. Stir together well.

Serve in glasses garnished with a lemon wheel or dried lavender.

RECIPE: FRENCH QUARTER FIZZ

featured at Dizzy’s Cafe, Jazz at Lincoln Center

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For One:

0.75 oz Simple Syrup
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.25 oz Chinola Passion Fruit
2 oz Dorothy Parker Gin
1.5 oz Club Soda

Add syrup, lemon juice, chinola passion fruit, and gin to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake briefly. Strain the mixture into a collins glass with ice. Top off the collins glass with soda.

Garnish with a lemon wedge.

RECIPE: PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (ZERO-PROOF)

featured at Dizzy’s Cafe, Jazz at Lincoln Center

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For One:

0.75 oz Ginger Syrup
0.75 oz Lime Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1.5 oz Club Soda

Add ginger syrup, lime juice, and pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a collins glass with ice and then top with club soda.

Garnish with a mint sprig pulled through candied ginger.

RECIPE: NOT YOUR GRANNY SMITH

featured at The Banker’s Club, Equitable Life Building

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For One:

3 oz Whiskey
3 oz Apple Juice
1 oz Sour Mix

Add whiskey, apple juice, and sour mix to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain the mixture into a tall glass with ice.

Garnish with a lemon wheel or apple wheel.

Make your own Sour Mix:

3 oz Hot Water
3 oz Sugar
3 oz Lemon Juice
1.5 oz Lime Juice

Combine water and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool. Add strained lemon and lime juices. Store in an air-tight vessel in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

RECIPE: MAIN SQUEEZE

featured at The Banker’s Club, Equitable Life Building

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For One:

1.5 oz Gin
2 oz Orange Juice
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
2 oz Tonic

Add gin, orange juice, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain the mixture into a collins glass with ice. Top with Tonic.

Garnish with an orange wheel.

RECIPE: PANTHER PRIDE

by Danny Newman, General Manager of Café des Affiches at Poster House

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For One:

2 oz Bacardi Rum
1 oz Triple Sec
0.5 oz Lime Juice
0.5 oz Sprite

Add rum, triple sec, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain the mixture into a collins glass with ice. Top with Sprite.

Garnish with a lime wheel.

RECIPE: WHISKEY MATCHA HIGHBALL

by Danny Newman, General Manager of Café des Affiches at Poster House

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For One:

2 oz Suntory Toki Whiskey
0.25 tsp Matcha Powder
0.25 oz Lemon Juice
Dash of Honey Ginger Simple Syrup
0.5 oz Club Soda

Add whiskey, matcha powder, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain the mixture into a tall glass with ice. Top with club soda.

Garnish with a Lemon Wheel.

Hungry for more?

MAE MAE CAFE BLOOMS AGAIN

By Great Performances

After  three years, Mae Mae Café is opening at a brand new location with a brand new theme–but with the same company behind the magic.

Located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, Mae Mae reopens with a plant-based theme as Mae Mae Café + Plant Shop. Not only will we sell plants and plant-related goods, the café will feature a plant-based menu. The delicious Latin-inspired menu takes its roots from a project Great Performances participated in with students from the Bronx as part of The Bronx Private Industry Council (The Bronx PIC) initiative at Here-to-Here. Bronx students worked together to come up with ideas for better integrating Great Performances into the Bronx. Among their ideas was creating a food station that incorporated the flavors of the Bronx which has been adapted for the Mae Mae Café menu.

Doubling as a plant store, the café is decorated with a variety of plants that can also be purchased. A potting bench available for use is overseen by Gloria, one of our famous llamas,

Mae Mae Café + Plant Shop

2417 Third Avenue, Ground Floor

The Bronx, NY 10451