Swap out your winter cocktails for springy alternatives

Transform your wintry drinking habits to fit the warmer temperatures with punches and plenty of rosé
Sakura martini at Bar Goto
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
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Winter cocktails are easy: You warm up alcohol, add some spices, maybe some honey, and you’ve got a soothing, comforting cool-weather cocktail. But if you want to continue drinking your cold-weather favorites into the spring and summer, we’ve found warm-weather replacements for wintry hot toddies, Irish coffees and mulled wine at some of the best bars in NYC.

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Best spring cocktails in NYC

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Penichillin at Diamond Reef
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Penichillin at Diamond Reef

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Sam Ross's Penicillin—a heady concoction of Scotch, lemon, honey and ginger that the barman created back in 2005—is a modern cocktail classic. At Ross and Michael McIlroy's new Bed-Stuy bar Diamond Reef, you can get essentially the same cocktail, except frozen and topped off with a breezy little umbrella.

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Frosé at Gansevoort
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Frosé at Bar Primi

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Red wine is the go-to relaxant after a long, stressful day, but it's a little heavy for a hot summer afternoon. Swap out your glass of merlot for trendy frosé, a slushy pink-wine elixir that you can find splashed with vermouth and pureed strawberries at Bar Primi.

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Smoking Rum Old Fashioned from Fine & Rare
Photograph: Cayla Zahoran
Bars, Cocktail bars

Make Your Own Smoke Old Fashioned at Fine & Rare

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The Old Fashioned conjures up winter fantasies of drinking in mahogany-accented libraries beside a roaring fireplace. At Fine & Rare, the classic cocktails comes in an oversize wine glass with a rye or rum base, smoked in four different ways and fashioned with a dash of sweetness from fig jam or demerara sugar. Keep it summery with rum, grapefruit bitters and an orange-peel garnish.

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Sakura martini at Bar Goto
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Izakaya

Sakura Martini at Bar Goto

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The martini gets a simple lift when sake and maraschino are mixed with the standard gin base at one of the most acclaimed bars in the city from Kenta Goto. A cherry blossom dropped on top seals its status at a supremely springy cocktail.

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Issue 1086 : Eating/DrinkingS'zenDrink: Hinomaru
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Hinomaru at S’Zen Art & Cocktail Lounge

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Hot toddies are the perfect antidote to blustery winter days, but you can still enjoy a similar whiskey taste in the warmer months at S’Zen, the second-floor cocktail bar inside the Hotel on Rivington. The Hinomaru goes down easy, with 12-year-old Japanese whiskey and a citrusy kick from blood orange and yuzu juices, plus sweet hints of yamamomo berry and honey to mitigate the tang.

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Golden Eye at Sweet Polly
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Cocktail bars

Golden Eye at Sweet Polly

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If you still want that spiked caffeine kick that you'd normally get from Irish coffee, order the Golden Eye at Sweet Polly. It’s a rich, electrifying mix of vodka, herbal Italian amaro, chocolate bitters and Stumptown coffee that’s loads better than your average iced coffee.

Venue says Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 4-7pm and Wednesday-Saturday 11pm-1am!

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Honey Rum Punch at The Stinger
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Honey Rum Punch at The Stinger

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Looking something a little fruity and spiced for the season? Mulled wine—the spiced concoction full of cinnamon sticks, cloves, honey and fruit ladled into warm cups—finds a warm-weather counterpart in the Honey Rum Punch at the Stinger. The communal bowl is filled with Bacardi rum, homemade black tea-demerara syrup, rooftop honey and Peychaud's bitters.

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