5 NYC-inspired cocktails and where to drink each one
It’s no secret that New York City takes its food and drink seriously. Whenever we feel in need of a happy hour, there are
hundreds thousands of places where we can order a perfectly crafted cocktail. And unsurprisingly, many New York bars offer drinks inspired by the city itself. Curious as to what a New York libation is like? Here are some of the best NYC-inspired cocktails, and where to find them.
If you like your cocktails strong, add the Old Fashioned to your list drinks you need to try. Depending on your (and your bartender’s) preference, this drink can be made with either bourbon or whiskey but needs bitters, sugars, and a twist of citrus to be complete. The drink has been on menus since the early 1800s, so evoke that era by ordering an Old Fashioned at Dutch Kills (27-24 Jackson Ave) in Long Island City. The bar gets extra points for serving their drinks over hand-cut ice.
Frequently referred to as “the world’s most complex cocktail,” a Bloody Mary’s main ingredients are vodka and tomato juice, as well as a number of other spices that can include Tabasco sauce, celery salt, and even bacon. Many people claimed to have invented the drink, but most agree that it originated from The New York Bar which, oddly enough, is in Paris! To have one of the best Bloody Marys in the city, we recommend the King Cole Bar (2 E 55th St) at the St. Regis Hotel, supposedly where the storied cocktail was invented.
We confess – this drink wasn’t created or discovered in New York City, but who doesn’t think of New York City as the Cosmopolitan capital? Technically, the drink originated in Provincetown, Massachusetts, but the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime mixture became popular thanks to frequent appearances on Sex and the City in the 1990s. It might be decades later, but to get the full Carrie Bradshaw experience, order a Cosmo at Employees Only (510 Hudson St) and toast yourself and your friends.
Cognac might not be the alcohol of the moment, but it is the main component of the Sidecar, which is considered one of the best cocktails to come out of the Prohibition era. Like the Bloody Mary, the Sidecar also allegedly came from The New York Bar in Paris, but it became popular in the United States after WWI ended. The libation only has three ingredients – cognac, triple sec, and lemon juice – but ordering this drink at Lighthouse (145 Borinquen Place) in Brooklyn is the perfect way to cap off a summer evening. Especially if you go on National Cognac Day.
Last but not least – a drink that’s so NYC-inspired that the name is literally “Manhattan.” Whether you want a cocktail that’s on the rocks or stirred and strained, this whiskey-based drink requires sweet vermouth, bitters, and is usually topped with a Maraschino cherry. Folklore claims that the drink may have been invented at the Manhattan Club, but we recommend trying this legendary libation at the Dead Rabbit, (30 Water St), also voted the World’s Best Bar in 2016.
|The most quintessential New York cocktail has to be the Manhattan.|