Sure you want your drink to taste good, but wouldn’t it be great if it looked fabulous as well? These six drinks are sure to be showstoppers, and you’ll have all eyes on you when they arrive at your table!
1. Smoked Boulevardier at Brooklyn Chop House
Head to this steakhouse meets dim sum shop for a smoky take on this classic cocktail. Maker’s Mark bourbon, Campari, and sweet vermouth are combined with smoked cherrywood to echo the taste of wood fired steaks. 150 Nassau Street.
2. Gintonico at Shoo Shoo
Love a classic G&T but want something with a little more flair? The Gintonico at Shoo Shoo has you covered. The drink was created by cocktail director Dushan Zaric and combines Fords Gin and Fever Tree tonic water with colorful garnishes like juniper berries, rosemary, rose buds, citrus peels, and olives that not only look pretty but play off the flavors of the gin. 371 Broome Street.
3. Finding Nemo at The Flying Cock
This triple hit of nostalgia combines a Capri Sun-style pouch with gummy fish and your favorite childhood movie in a very adult way. Cocktail consultant Cody Goldstein of Muddling Memories created this stunner by mixing tequila, grapefruit, blue orange liqueur, lime, ginger beer, and gummy fish and topping it all off with a bendy straw for a drink sure to make anyone who didn’t order it jealous. 497 3rd Avenue.
4. The Drama Queen at Understudy
Head to Understudy at DeKalb Market Hall for signature cocktails and a menu of rotating snacks from their vendors, which include favorites like Ample Hills Creamery, Fletcher’s BBQ, Home Frite, and A Taste of Katz’s. Bar Manager George Duval made this oversized tiki drink with citrus rum, limoncello, and citrus juices then garnished it with beautiful tropical flowers. There’s nothing better than a refreshing, colorful cocktail in a giant glass for spring! 445 Albee Square West, Downtown Brooklyn.
5. The Waterbury Royale at Freehold
A venue as unique as Freehold needs a cocktail to match, and the Waterbury Royale is sure to make your jaw drop. The drink is a combination of Absolut Elyx, watermelon and lime juices, simple syrup, and champagne topped with limes and everyone’s favorite candy Sour Patch Watermelon. The punch is served in a rose gold swan and arrives to your table with sparklers. This is sure to be your party drink of the summer! 45 South 3rd Street, Williamsburg.
6. ICONS series at queensyard
queensyard, the new British restaurant in Hudson Yards, has not one but five gorgeous cocktails in their new ICONS series, which brings prominent moments in art and fashion to life in drinkable form. Starting on the top left we have the Secret inspired by Van Cleef & Arpels stunning jewelry, which combines Suntory Toki whiskey, Ylang Ylang soda, cherry blossom bitters, and house Chinato with pinks and reds. Pollock n˚32 is a twist on the Manhattan with Jackson Pollack’s iconic splatter style. The glass is decorated with splashes of chocolate, and the drink is essentially dessert as it is served with a bourbon washed Black Forest gateau, chocolate, sherry, chocolate bitters, and white chocolate air. Tobacco Vanille is a take on Tom Ford’s new perfume that mixes Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Leather Vanilla liquor, Tobacco Maple, Amber Tincture, and Cacao Butter for a luxurious drink made even more decadent by the leather bag it is served in. D.O.T.O (Dream of the Orient) is inspired by YSL dresses and kimonos and features saffron infused gin, purple shiso, almond, plum, spicy kombucha, gula meleka, and lime. Not pictured is the Yvresse, which is champagne soda and homemade salted caramel rum served in a mirrored glass to mimic the iconic YSL perfume.