It's heating up in New York City, so cool down with one of these summer cocktails. By Carly Petrone.
Step into the swanky Mark Bar, located within The Mark Hotel, and sip on a crafty summer cocktail menu inspired by Hollywood films, actors, and directors. Grab a seat at the modern bar or relax in the lounge – the space itself looks like it could be a part of a film. Sip on the delicious "Hugo" – Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain Elderflower, Green Chartreuse, and lime – or opt for something more traditional like the "Casablanca" – simply made with gin, Champagne, and lemon. Woody Allen fans can enjoy the "Midnight in Paris"– Courvoisier V.S.O.P. and Disaronno Amaretto. Sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. You'll feel like a movie star living it up on Madison Ave!
We bet you've never had a cocktail quite like the Double-r Reprise over at The Garret. This quirky drink is made with scotch, tepache, Bierbrand, Velvet Falernum, lime, egg white, and nutmeg. The best part? It's served in a fun tiki glass. If tequila is more your style, try the T.T. Barnum – black pepper infused Suerte tequila, Capelleti, and Thai basil-infused Dolin blank. Don't forget about their 7&7 Hour (Monday – Friday) – select sours and fizzes priced at $7 until 7 p.m. You can't beat that!
Luis Hernandez over at The Eddy is whipping up one seriously inventive cocktail. The head bartender has used his Negroni knowledge to create the "Akarmaru." It's made with Monkey Shoulder scotch, Plum Sake "vermouth," Campari, umami and orange bitters, and it's finished with a dried orange wheel garnish. He's also plays around with a combination of smoky and sweet ingredients in the Japanese Jimador cocktail -- this one is a combination of Corralejo blanco, Ancho Reyes, sake-infused corn puree, lime, agave syrup and chili tincture. Plus, it's served in a beautifully hand-printed Talavera cup and garnished with vibrant cornflowers. Bottoms up!
The cocktails over at Weather Up are the answer to your summer weather woes. Cool down with a variety of drinks that are each made by your trusty mixologist behind the bar. In the mood for something sweet? The Strawberry Daiquiri is the way to go, while the Kentucky Maid (Bourbon, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, fresh mint, and cucumber) is quite refreshing. If you're looking for something tart, the Grapefruit Collins -- made with gin, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lemon juice, simply syrup, Pychaud's Bitters, and soda -- has a bit of a bite to it. City goers can sip on the Chicago Cocktail – rye, sweet vermouth, Champagne, and Angostura Bitters; while those looking to slow down might enjoy the Tijuana Pharmacy – Reposado tequila, fresh lemon juice, ginger syrup, honey syrup, and Mezcal float. Grab a seat inside this dimly-lit bar or secure a spot in their back patio area. Just make sure to bring some dough - it's cash only.
Seafood is always a refreshing lunch or dinner option when the warmer summer weather pops up. Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar offers the perfect food and cocktail menu that ranges from thirst-quenching drinks to a brown bag bottle of Muscadet. Favorite cocktails include the "Purple Rain" (in honor of the late singer) – Tito's vodka, lavender, cassis, crème de violate, and lemon – as well as the Sour Myrtle, made with Sauza tequila, Mirto, lemon, and egg whites. Be fancy and sip on the "Air Force One Has Landed In Havana" cocktail – El Dorado 12 yr. rum, Angostura, mint, lime and a top layer of Prosecco. You can also brown bag-it with a 40 oz. Muscadet ($28/bottle) at happy hour from 4 – 6 p.m.
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