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Best of New York 2011 • Fun

Know What I Could Go for Right Now?

Picks for every classic-cocktail yen.

  • Bloody Mary

  • The Rum House

    228 W. 47th St., nr. Broadway; 646-490-6924

    The revived Times Square dive pours not one but six properly spicy Bloodies on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Best among them: the Andrew Jackson, made with unaged white whiskey and smoked paprika, and garnished with salami ($14).

  • Martini

  • Il Matto

    281 Church St., at White St. 212-226-1607

    Mixologist Christina Bini gives her Martinis an avant-garde spin at this quirky Italian restaurant, with the particularly aromatic Maltese featuring red bell pepper, ginger-infused vodka, and pepperoncino ($14).

  • Sazerac

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    115 Allen St., nr. Delancey St. 212-460-0915

    Alongside the parade of whiskey drinks devised by Marcine Franckowiak and Jay Zimmerman (the Breslin) is this outstanding Sazerac, which returns to its 1830s roots by subbing out rye for Cognac, and balancing the herbaceous Herbsaint with a muddled sugar cube ($13).

  • Dark and Stormy

  • El Cobre

    95 Ave. A, nr. 6th St. 212-614-6818

    The Cuban restaurant in the Cienfuegos compound boldly dispenses its Stormies out of a tap. Mayur Subbarao whips up a large batch with ginger syrup, fresh lime, and Gosling’s rum, then kegs it, pressurizes it, and pours it on draught ($14).

  • Manhattan

  • Fedora

    239 W. 4th St., nr. Charles St.; 646-449-9336

    Made with spicy, 100-proof Rittenhouse rye, the Boothby Manhattan concocted by Joseph Leonard vet Brian Bartels gets gussied up with a splash of sparkling wine ($12).

  • Sloe-Gin Fizz

  • The Commodore

    366 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; 718-218-7632

    Don’t let the pinkish color fool you: The sloe-gin fizz tastes surprisingly complex, with fresh lemon juice, soda water, a spoonful of simple syrup, and cucumber-scented Hendrick’s gin ($7).

  • Negroni

  • The John Dory Oyster Bar

    1196 Broadway, at 29th St. 212-792-9000

    The best of Sasha Petraske’s dozen-plus fish-friendly libations doesn’t lean on citrus or gin. It’s a bubbly negroni sbagliato (“wrong” in Italian) incorporating Prosecco alongside Campari and sweet vermouth ($12).

  • Rum Punch

  • The Drink

    228 Manhattan Ave., nr. Grand St., Williamsburg 718-782-8463

    The finest of the nautical dive’s rotating communal punches is the Crusade, which mingles Old Monk Indian rum with citric Earl Grey tea and aromatics such as orange peel, allspice, and peppermint ($43, serves ten).

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