• Tell Your Friends

Next time I’m in New York to visit Lili, Briana and Alyssa, I have a few hot-spots on my list to check out: PDT (Please Don’t Tell), Milk & Honey, Little Branch and Gwynnett St. Some of these bars accept guests by reservation or referral only, or only allow members after a certain time. For some reason, that makes them so much more intriguing. I’m dying to check out the drink menu more than the atmosphere, though. Over at Milk & Honey, for example, fruit juices and extracts are all made by hand; mixing glasses are stored in the freezer to keep drinks cold; and ice is cut by hand using an ice pick to create imperfect, jagged pieces. If I know that’s the process going into my cocktail, I can certainly wait a few minutes for it.

So, are you ready for 5 p.m. to get here so you can wrap your hand around a refreshing, warm-weather concoction? I’m with you! Let’s celebrate the start of summer with four delicious drink recipes from renowned NYC mixologists (or alchemists, rather).

UP ALL NIGHT COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Schell, Little Branch, NYC

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
1/2 ounces rosemary-infused cognac
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce cane syrup
bar spoon
rosemary sprig, for garnish

Directions

Whip and strain into iced Collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with large rosemary sprig.

STEAM 75 COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of John deBary, PDT, NYC

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
3/4 ounce Art in the Age Rhubarb
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce strawberry puree
1 ounce Brut champagne
lavender sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Shake and strain into chilled coupe. Top with 1 ounce Brut champagne. Garnish with sprigs of lavender.


NEW MAID COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Theo Lieberman, Milk & Honey, NYC

Ingredients

2 ounces Reyka Vodka
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce lime juice
3 slices cucumber
small handful of mint

Directions

Add all ingredients to shaker and muddle cucumber and mint. Shake and strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig poked through three cucumber wheels.

ARMY OF ME COCKTAIL

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Gerry Corcoran, Gwynnett St., Brooklyn

Ingredients

2 ounces Reyka Vodka
1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
3/4 ounce 1:1 honey syrup
3/4 ounce lemon juice
5-6 fresh lemon verbena leaves
fresh cinnamon, for garnish

Directions

Shake and strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Grate fresh cinnamon on top and garnish with two lemon verbena leaves.

One Response

Leave a Reply

Kayla KittsKayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com. You can find her doing at least one of the following: shopping for home decor at local vintique stores, picking out produce at...

READ MORE

Latest Pins on Pinterest

  • Ideas for using lemon zest in your design.

  • Dining Room Definition - Ask Genevieve - Episode 4

  • Feminine wallpaper and white wicker hang out in this lovely

  • There's no confusion about what goes in this basket