The 10 best summer cocktails in New York

When temperatures soar in the city rarely find central air, there’s only one way to stay cool: sip a refreshing summer cocktail.

Fortunately, the city is full of great options for airy patios, chic cocktail bars, and iconic dives to enjoy with a drink in hand – but not all summer cocktails are created equal. There are some that rise above to rest, delivering the uniqueness, taste, and presentation we all crave in a small glass of pseudo poison that costs almost $ 20.

From frozen lambrusco creations to spicy mezcal coolers, check out our list of the best summer drinks you should be sipping right now in New York City.

Cold Brew Negroni at Veranda

The new bright and luxurious veranda, located in the ModernHaus hotel (formerly the James), is the ideal place for a romantic date over a summer cocktail. Here you’ll find inventive concoctions like Cold Brew Negroni, perfect if you need a little boost. This quick take on a classic cocktail combines gin, campari and mild carpano antica vermouth with Veranda’s cold brew coffee. All of this is poured over what they call “an ice glacier”.

Mezcalero fishing at Xilonen

A meal at this stylish vegetarian Mexican restaurant was good before they could even get a liquor license, but now that the booze is on tap, they’re pretty much unstoppable. One of their first new cocktails is a frozen peach mezcalero with, you guessed it, mezcal and peach. It gave a boost with the serrano, as well as a drizzle of the iconic Mexican I-put-that-shit-on-everything sauce, the chamoy.

The watermelon cooler at Kimika

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The watermelon cooler at Kimika

We’re obsessed with the whole menu at Kimika, a Japanese-Italian place of the same geniuses behind Wayla. Probably the best (and easiest to crush) drink on the menu is their watermelon cooler. Not just any old summer watermelon cocktail, this drink takes a Watermelon Daiquiri and adds Martinique Rhum Agricole, then the crown of refreshing Aperol and Sparkling Lambrusco (sparkling red wine). Everything is expertly balanced with a hint of Thai chili.

The Sonambula at Leyenda
Cobble Hill

Small but mighty Leyenda is known as an oasis in the concrete jungle to a variety of South American minds. That’s why it’s no surprise that they concoct a drink like the popular Sonambula: a white tequila infused with jalapeño mixed with soothing chamomile, lemon, molé and Peychaud bitters.

Miami rice at Rule of thirds
Green Point

While Rule of Thirds co-owner George Padilla considers himself a sake purist (we also suggest you take a look at their Bin-Bin sake pop-up), he made an exception for their last summer cocktail, Miami Rice. A Japanese-inspired play on the more classic Miami Vice, the cocktail uses refreshing kasu sake and sesame nut shochu, with a strawberry puree floating on top.



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Friesling at Thief

While most cocktail establishments serve a standard frosé, this new Williamsburg bar just off McCarren Park is finally adding something new to the world of iced wine cocktails. Their Friesling is exactly what it sounds like: a frozen riesling cocktail that combines Riesling with Rockey’s Botanicals, white grape juice, vodka, lime juice and a touch of orange juice. It’s then topped with a frozen grape skewer to mimic the look of a classic martini.

The cosmopolitan at Peachy’s
Chinese district

Lovers of grungy-chic basement bars, rejoice! Peachy’s, the trendy bar attached to the Chinese Tuxedo on Doyers Street, has finally reopened. There you will find an extremely air-conditioned space to enjoy their mix of classic and tiki cocktails with old school hip hop setting the tone for the evening. Our choice fell on the iconic Cosmopolitan, which combines Suntory Haku Vodka, Dry Curaçao, aquafaba, cranberry and lime.

The Serpent King at Swizzle Clover Club
Carroll Gardens

You can’t go wrong ordering a cocktail at the popular Clover Club, but their latest summer cocktail series may be the best yet. King Snake Swizzle stands out for its blend of añejo tequila with rum, lime, tangy passion fruit, cinnamon, ginger and peach cream. The new drink is their riff on the classic Cobra’s Fang – the cursed cocktail that made one of their bartenders fall in love with Tiki.

Sleep No More cocktails at Gallow green

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Sleep No More at Green gallows
Hudson Yards

Come for the shows, stay for the big cocktails. Gallow Green at McKittrick Hotel is best known for Sleep No More, the cutting-edge interactive theater experience that gave this refreshing cocktail its name. In this one, vodka mixes with elderflower and blue-purple butterfly pea flowers that have been all the rage of late, as well as citrus (the magical ingredient that causes the pea flower to change color. butterfly) and cider.

Le Poptail Lemon-Jasmin Gin with Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

Honestly, it pains us to write a recommendation for a place called “The Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar”, but we have to. Located atop the waterfront Conrad Hotel, you’ll enjoy stunning river views that are almost as Instagram-worthy as their iconic ‘poptails’, which feature a Mom & Icepops Boozy popsicle. The price is pretty steep, even by New York City standards, but well worth it for the experience of watching the sun go down while you lick a sprinkle of ice cream while swimming in Brut.

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