Best Cocktails

Illustration by Joanna Neborsky

This exceptionally soothing libation is made with frothy Belgian wheat beer, limes, and a bracing shot of pineapple-infused aquavit. On a hot afternoon, it’s impossible to drink just one.

The Lambs Cup
The Lambs Club
Sasha Petraske makes this addictive homage to the Pimms Cup with Plymouth gin. Have two of them, and you won’t care that each drink costs $18.

The Eleventh Hour
Clover Club
This artful tequila-mescal-and-absinthe drink isn’t just about getting smashed. Before you pass out, you’ll notice that it’s the color of summer daisies and tastes pleasingly of smoke.

McKenzie Rye-Whiskey Manhattan
ABC Kitchen
The mixologists at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s vegetable-minded restaurant use locally distilled spirits and bitters to concoct their smooth, locavore version of this sophisticated big-city drink.

Sloe Gin Fizz
The Commodore
This vividly pink, elegantly made gentleman’s cocktail is the perfect pick-me-up for the Manhattanite abroad in Williamsburg. At $7 a pop, you can afford a second one.

Queens Park Swizzle
Lani Kai
Forget the tiki-bar knockoffs. We’ll take this Jamaican classic, which the bartenders at Julie Reiner’s elegant new tropical bar mix with aged rum, mint, and Angostura bitters.

Best Cocktails