Don’t let the name fool you: This glass hasn’t gone awry. It’s actually on course for the intersection between the classic, a sbagliato and gelato. Opening with a bitter bite from the campari and vermouth keeping it tied to its Italian roots, the lemon zinger is quelled with Little-Italy–born Ciao Bella sorbet and a float of crisp, dry prosecco. It is, however, served in a Collins glass—perhaps to nod to its cousin, Tom. $12.
Brian Bartels’s striking chartreuse riff on the brunch bastion stands out among even his most madcap shake-ups. And it will catch you by surprise: tart tomatillo and cooling cucumber water temper the house-made Serrano hot sauce at the start but the slow burn gradually intensified. With smoked, earthy celery at the finish, it’s a delicious makeover for the ol’ lady. $14.
At the LES basement bar from the Death & Company crew, drinks maven Natasha David pulls inspiration from homey pie for this berry-bourbon tipple. The cup opens strong on cinnamon, but gives way to bright, palate-cleansing ginger, caramel-licked whiskey and bold, tart cranberry. $14.
Like summer in a pint glass, this dangerously easy-drinking witbier from microbrewers Kevin Stafford and Basil Lee builds on its wheaty, malt base with a burst of citrus and a rolling hot-pepper spice, courtesy of the roasted, tongue-tingling jalapeños and habaneros steeped in the suds. $9 for 32oz growler.
At Greg Seider’s clandestine cocktail lounge, ammong plush velvet, dimpled leather banquettes and dark wood, there are a handful of drinks you’ll want to order more than once, but none as cocksure as this pointedly named sipper. Toasted garam masala spices sweet, caramely Santa Teresa 1796 rum, hit with lime juice and Fever Tree club soda, with a sprinkling of microplaned ginger root on top for extra zing. $15
The spicy-sweet on-draft java at Nick Morgenstern’s airy café is first brewed with a kick of cinnamon and chili flakes, then chilled and doused with condensed milk to sweeten things. A generous sprinkling of rich Mexican chocolate and sprig of cooling mint leaves makes it as suitable for dessert as it is for your a.m. caffeine boost. $3.75.
Nomadic brewers Lauren and Joe Grimm travel between friends’ facilities to craft their small-batch beers, and the run-around seems to only make the suds better. This summer’s stunner, a glittering gold Belgian-style “bier de miel” coyly named for Nicki Minaj’s rap hit softens doubled-down trappist yeast and its 8-percent ABV with local clover honey. There’s a light touch of tart apricot and a hint of cinnamon, too, so it never gets cloying—even after more than a few pints. 22oz botte for $15.
The sleeper-hit sipper popping up on cocktail menus this year was the resurged Boulevardier, a simple mix of whiskey (usually bourbon), sweet vermouth and Campari, but our favorite version is the purist coupe from Toby Cecchini. Though the recipe only requires three ingredients, Cecchini’s formidable skills ensure the rye-based quaff is as balanced as it is biting. $12.
There’s nothing particularly old-fashioned about this modern Mexican spin on the cocktail classic, but that makes it no less glug-worthy. The bow-tied bartenders stir dark, rich Herradura tequila with spicy Scrappy’s Firewaters bitters, amplified by bobbing slices of jalapeno peppers (they can sub in maraschino cherries if you can’t handle the heat) and soothed with sweet agave syrup. A citrus twist at the end is a sombrero tip to the traditional quaff. $13.
This beaut has been three years in the making—for the limited-edition spirits collaboration between the Vinegar Hill distillery and Williamsburg winemakers, distiller Colin Spoelman took 775 gallons of Conor McCormack’s 2011 Cabernet Franc wine, aged it in old bourbon barrels for more than two years and distilled it into 110 fruity gallons of warming, Christmas-spiced brandy you’ll want to drink any day of the year. $45 for 375 mL bottle.
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Turtle Bay NYC
With daily specials like $4 bourbon drinks and live music on Tuesdays and $1 beers on Wednesday from 5pm to 1am, Turtle Bay really knows how to attract a crowd. In addition to a full bar, bottle service is also available for birthday parties, bachelor parties or any other occasion. Twenty-five HD plasma TVs make this Midtown East bar the ideal location for watching your favorite team play. Not into sports? Three levels and two DJs make it easy to avoid the fans—just pick whichever dance floor suits you best. You’re probably going to need some food to soak up all the booze, and Turtle Bay has you covered with pub favorites like jalapeno poppers ($8), nachos ($10) and sliders with fries ($10). Best of all, this bar is open until 4am every night of the week.
Venue says: “Call ahead 212.223.4224. for Thurs. & Fri. Half priced happy hour, no cover! Receive $5 off any open bar late night for you and your party!”