We're gearing up for the transition to Fall and it's clear that New Yorker's already have the itch to don their best fall wear, but we're still not ready to let summer slip away just yet. The obvious solution to keep the spirit of summer alive is through these refreshing cocktails that can be found right in New York City or made right from home!
There’s nothing like sipping on a refreshing drink with summer fruit, so make sure to get your final fix of Gastro Bar at 35th’s Strawberry Fig Shrub -- Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka and a touch of Brooklyn gin shaken with fresh strawberry puree and fig balsamic vinegar, served on the rocks with a splash of fizz.
Latin cuisine is all the rage these days and there's no better place to enjoy it than at Pampano Botaneria. The small downstairs brother to Richard Sandoval's Pampano, this smaller, more casual half of the restaurant is the way to go. This dimly lit, romantic setting makes anyone want to hunker down for a feast. The best part of this place is that all menu items are served tapas-style...which means you don't have to pick and choose what you want, you can try everything!
Sweltering heat us upon us New Yorker's and there's only one way to cool off -- and it doesn't involve jumping in the Hudson River. Restaurants and bars are now offering up cooling treats that are perfect for a hot summer's day. Starting June 4th, Spice Market is kicking off the outdoor drinking season with Patio Pitchers. Pitchers of their signature Ginger Margarita of Passion Fruit Sangria, which are normally $48, will be a steal for $24 4-7pm during the week when you sit on the outdooor patio. Highpoint Bar & Bistro will be serving up two very different watermelon-themed treats.
16 oz tequila
8 oz orange liqueur
1 fresh jalapeno
1 handful of celery leaves
6 oz fresh lime juice
Spoonful of confectioners' sugar
You'll need a blender for this drink so you can either splurge or do like we students do and borrow our parents.(magic bullets work well too!) Pulse a thin slice of jalapeno, handful of celery leaves, 6 oz of lime juice and confectioners' sugar in the blender. Mix in the tequila and orange liquor, throw in a pitcher and chill.
You can serve this on the rocks or blend in 2-3 cups of ice and make a slushie-style margarita. Either way, this treat will send you to another plane.
A recent expansion of the Coffee Table Bistro, the Coffee Table Lounge is an intimate, dimly lit little place where one can easily while away the hours attempting to decide on their next brew. There are sixteen beers available on draft, ranging from the more typical Bud Light and PBR to the more esoteric Belgian White Hoegarrden and Deschutes Mirror Pond.
However, when it comes to the beer selection, the drafts are just the tip of the iceberg. There are over 100 bottled beers, most of which are imported or micro brewed. For those who are simply too overwhelmed to commit to any one choice, I offer a few recommendations.
It only takes one sip to understand why it’s not your average cocktail.
Seemingly innocent as first glance, the Margarita on Audubon’s menu sparks a bit of curiosity. Made with habanero-infused tequila, a bit of guava nectar, lime juice and cilantro, many ask the same question: how bad can it be? The waitress warns it has a little bit of a kick, but after a long day, one could use a little heat.
After the first sip, a slow burning sensation begins to creep up the back of your throat. The next sends a wake up call to your taste buds, which soon begin screaming as the hot pepper oil hits the tongue, sending steam billowing out your ears. Tears start streaming. The symptoms only intensify, and soon, with your body temperature starting to boil, the drink suddenly seems to have evil properties. Yes, it’s that hot.
New York City definitely has the hottest clubs and the best cocktails. Yet very often, that cocktail can be $14. This puts a college student like myself in a tight sitaution on a night out. So there comes a time when we need to dust off the blenders, get all the essential ingredients ready and make our own home-made cocktails. It's cheap and can be fun if you make it with friends.
My top three favorite cocktails are margaritas, frozen strawberry margaritas and frozen mudslides. Most people think of cocktails as girly, too sweet and have barely any alcohol in it, but cocktails are several mixed drinks, consisting of hard liquor typically like gin, whiskey, rum, vodka or brandy. Don't be fooled by a cocktail's fruity and sweet flavors, it's mixed with fruit juices or flavoring that hides the taste of liquor quit well