The craziest drink garnishes in NYC

From decked-out scorpion bowls to rum floats poured in shark-shaped vessels, these are Gotham's wildest cups of booze
By Dan Q Dao |
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It's no secret that New Yorkers are a loud, proud and over-the-top bunch, with a fittingly decadent food and drink culture to match. We're also a unabashedly boozy city, boasting some of the world's finest beer bars, wine bars and cocktail bars helmed by forward-thinking and experimental mixologists. Shake the two together, and you'll find wild boozy concoctions with out-of-the-box garnishes, ranging from standard tequila and lime sloshed in a hollowed bell pepper to a cold brew-and-rum blend dripped through an oversize beaker.

Gap Year at The Clocktower
Photograph: Courtesy The Clocktower
Restaurants, American

Gap Year at The Clocktower

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Dubbed after the postcollege tradition of vacationing (and partying) in an faraway land before joining the workforce, this tropical rum-based sip sloshes Kaffir lime sherbet, pineapple juice and Galangal beer in a bamboo glass, with a friendship bracelet tied around the base and a glow stick curved over the top. $16

Rum-Vroom Punch at End of the Century Bar
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Bars, Cocktail bars

Rum-Vroom Punch at End of the Century Bar

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Up to five boozers can guzzle this rum-absinthe-charged punch through brightly hued long straws. The yellow and green scorpion bowl is crowned with orange and lime slices and a multicolored parrot tchotchke. $45

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Holiday Cocktail at Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Cocktail bars

Holiday Cocktail at Holiday Cocktail Lounge

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Celebrate the holiday season all year long at this festive-fitted watering hole, a longtime East Village dive that reopened earlier this year after shuttering in 2012. The eponymous house pour tops a shake-up of vodka, amaro and fresh lemon juice with a miniature moose figurine. $12

MOTHER OF PEARL shark eye cocktail
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Cocktail bars

Shark Eye at Mother of Pearl

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Coral-haired drinks doyenne Jane Danger draws on her experience as both baker (she formerly ran Jane's Sweet Buns) and barkeep to create eye-catching quaffs. At this Polynesian-minded counter, she pours her bright red riff on a rum demerara float—swapping the sugarcane spirit for curaçao and bourbon—into a garish, Jaws-like vessel shaped like the open mouth of a shark. $15

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Tahitian Iced Coffee for Two at Slowly Shirley
Photograph: Cayla Zahoran
Bars, Cocktail bars

Tahitian Iced Coffee for Two at Slowly Shirley

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At this subterranean West Village den, Garret Richard marries key island staples—rum, coffee and fruit—over crushed ice in a beakerlike Chemex coffee glass. Stumptown cold-brew concentrate takes the backseat here, rounding out bright splashes of guava nectar, orange juice and passion-fruit syrup and sweetened with honey and house-made falernum (a nutty-sweet Caribbean syrup). $35

Cucumber at The Standing Room
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Comedy, Comedy clubs

Cucumber at the Standing Room

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It's no surprise that this Long Island City bar-cum-comedy club has some good-time sips to complement its rotating lineup of stand-up shows and funny-man sketches. This crowd-pleaser tames fiery spiced tequila with cool lime and cuke in a neon-orange hollowed-out bell pepper. $11

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Coconut at ZZ's Clam Bar
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Restaurants, Seafood

Coconut at ZZ's Clam Bar

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

The sumptuous tipple is built with 12-year-aged Trinidadian rum, smooth house-made coconut cream and acacia honey, served kitschily in a fuzzy, hollowed-out whole coconut piled on a mountain of leaves and ice with a blowtorched cinnamon-bark stirrer. Warning: You won’t stop at one. $20.

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