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Best Cocktails 2014

I'm a beer drinker but looking to try some creative drinks. What are your favorite cocktails currently served in Manhattan? I thought this should be a separate thread from Best Dishes. Thanks!

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  1. I normally frown on vodka martinis, but my wife ordered one at a UWS speakeasy called Manhattan Cricket Club, and it was pretty amazing - clear and pure like a martini, but with the soul of a Bloody Mary.

    Description from menu: Salt And Pepper - Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, Garden Tomato Essence, Smoked Black Pepper & White Truffle Mist.

    To be clear, though, the $18 price tag is really pushing it.

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    1. Momofuku Ssam - Chia Fresca – mezcal, aperol, pineapple, lime, chia seed
      Cienfuegos - House Zombie (limit 1) - El Dorado 151, El Dorado 3 yr, Appleton Estate V/X, Rhum Barbancourt, Coruba dark rum, lime, grapefruit, passion-fruit juices, absinthe, bitters, cinnamon, orgeat, curaçao
      Dead Rabbit - Irish Coffee
      Tertulia - shishito pepper gimlet with fresh lime (off menu now but you can still ask for one)
      ZZ's Clam Bar - Coconut - Trinidadian Rum, Acacia Honey, Smoked Cinnamon, served with a torched cinnamon stick in a real pineapple, on a bed of crushed ice and banana leaves

      Looking forward to trying this at the NoMad one day:

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      1. re: kathryn

        I have to try that ZZ Clam Bar cocktail.

        1. re: kathryn

          We've had a "Cocktail Explosion" at The NoMad Bar (the Sepratist) and it was excellent; you would think such a large format couldn't keep the high standards of an individual drink but this proved that wrong. Not only fun (because of the sharing) but it's a good bargain for a large group.

          1. re: kathryn

            Kathryn, what was the drink you recommended at Ma Peche recently? Ill be there Sunday

            1. re: Ziggy41

              I can't help but get a Seven Spice Sour basically every time.

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                I also like the sound of that ZZ drink. We drink a lot of Coconut Rum with Pineapple while out on the islands

                1. re: kathryn

                  +1 for the Seven Spice Sour (it's my favorite cocktail).

                  1. re: kathryn

                    I got into an uncomfortable situation with this drink last night. I wanted another one so bad but we were with none drinkers and I couldnt quite pull the trigger

                    Good call ladies!

                2. re: kathryn

                  Love Chia Fresca! I know I'm gonna be sad when they take it off. Also love the penicillin. Lot's of places can make it now but theirs is especially good.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    So when do you want to meet GF and I and kill an explosion at the NoMad Bar ? :)

                    1. I've really liked Booker & Dax, but I haven't been there recently enough to be fully confident in recommending any cocktails in particular. Here's their menu: http://momofuku.com/new-york/booker-a... And of course they'll make other cocktails for you if you ask.

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                      1. re: Pan

                        We were sooooo disappointed with Booker & Dax recently. We stopped in for a drink after a GREAT meal of ramen and shiitake buns at Noodle Bar. The drinks were far from special and where they seated us in an almost empty bar (over by the roaster) was horrendous, the whole place had a "uncleaned" feel to it, the bar surface had that gross tacky/dirty feel to it. With so many other places to get drinks we won't be hurrying back.

                        1. re: Spiritchaser

                          I'm shocked to hear that. That's really sad.

                      2. I second ZZ's clam bar. Incredible place and delicious cocktails.

                        But I think the best drinks I've had in NYC are in Apotheke in chinatown. Such a cool vibe, cool location, AMAZING cocktails.

                        1. I really like the "Front & Center" at Nitecap (plus several of their others)

                          I love the "Sons of Liberty", "Charlie Watts", "North Sea Oil" at NoMad Bar (plus a bunch of others)

                          Too many to list that I like at The Dead Rabbit

                          1. Popsicle punch at Gallow Green - each person gets an individual fruity popsicle placed stick side up in a punch cup, and you pour the punch of the day over it. Your choice of base spirit. Ours had rum, watermelon, orgeat, lemon, and a few other things, with pineapple popsicles. OK, maybe not the "best" cocktail you can get in the city but a ton of fun with a big group.

                            Bloody Mary at Momofuku Ssam Bar – Canadian rye, sake, tomato, apple, ham, togarashi. Ham powder on top. Served in a rocks glass with one large ice cube.

                            Painkiller at Underdog - The traditional tiki drink but their twist on it includes their special "island orgeat" (made in house, with some additional spices and flavorings) as well as Smith & Cross. They also, insanely, make THREE different kinds of orgeat in house.

                            Arsonist at Ward 3 - Larceny Bourbon, Ancho Reyes, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Amaro Meletti, Mole Bitters, Laphroaig Float. Boozy, spicy, funky.

                            Seeing quite a bit of Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur around town on menus these days as well.

                            1. Spicy Cucumber Margarita at Empellon Cocina & Taqueria: Pueblo Viejo Blanco, St Germain, cucumber puree, jalapeño tincture, fresh lime, chile salt

                              1. Oh, also, had the "Bowery Fix" at Saxon + Parole the other night and adored it. It's served up and has lots of different complementary flavors going on. Description: Olmeca altos blanco, mezcal, yellow chartreuse, fresh bell pepper, chili oil - $14. And here's a pic I found of it: