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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
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Gap Year at The Clocktower

Restaurants American Flatiron

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

Rum-Vroom Punch at End of the Century Bar

Bars Cocktail bars Forest Hills

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

Holiday Cocktail at Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Bars Cocktail bars East Village

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

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MOTHER OF PEARL shark eye cocktail
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Shark Eye at Mother of Pearl

Bars Cocktail bars East Village

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

Tahitian Iced Coffee for Two at Slowly Shirley

Bars Cocktail bars West Village

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

Cucumber at the Standing Room

Comedy Comedy clubs Long Island City

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

Coconut at ZZ's Clam Bar

Restaurants Seafood 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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