NYC's 7 Best Cocktails
Making a finely crafted cocktail is as much sport as it is art. New York City’s best bartenders will tell you each creation is a labor of love, full of its creator’ blood, sweat, and tears. As we round up the city’s best bars and lounges to add to our roster, we’ve inevitably tasted some of their most prized cocktails. If you’re looking for fantastic drink recommendations, look no further, because we have done you the favor of listing them below.
Their expansive menu of artfully crafted cocktails has something to satisfy every taste, but we recommend their unique rum cocktail, the Tea-Ki. Here, they infuse El Dorado 5 year rum with vanilla tea, coconut and fresh lemon for an island inspired beverage that is equal parts tropical and virile.
This Lower East Side spot has a reputation for an atmosphere to match its trendy cocktail list. Aromatic bitters, fresh citrus, and unique liquors round out a dynamic list of drinks, but our favorite is the Jethro Coffin. As New Yorkers, we love our coffee, and the Grey Lady has done a fantastic job of using it in a cocktail with whiskey and lemon.
This time of year, fresh watermelon juice is exactly what you want to be drinking on a rooftop in NYC. Attic has the watermelon juice for you, but they’ve upped the ante with their “Hakuna Matata.” Tequila, agave, vermouth, and mint take this watermelon cocktail to a whole other level.
Libation’s boozey brunches wouldn’t be complete with out their Rockaway Lemonade. The ideal summer combo of smashed blueberries and blackberries with vodka and lemon will provide refreshment on the hottest of days…or nights.
As one of New York’s finest speakeasy’s Bathtub Gin has to craft cocktails to match all the hype. The list is long, and of course our favorite has to be of the gin variety. Their Aviation Royale with crème de violette, absinthe and chilled prosecco make for a combination that are best enjoyed with your pinky up.
A favorite spot of the city’s most exciting group of young professionals, Bounce’s atmosphere provides an eventful evening to even the staunchest of patrons. Relax with their “Ricky Bobby,” a combo of Remy Martin, raspberries, and triple sec.
The Gilded Lily
Finding its home in the Monarch Room, the Gilded Lily is as impressive as it is understated. Royal cocktails can be enjoyed by the masses here, and we have to pick the Anne Boleyn. Beefeater gin, lillet rose, strawberry, and lavender bitters top the cocktail hierarchy any day of the week.