As the warm weather draws to an end, bartenders around the city are serving the summer's final slushies and glasses of rosé, while others are beginning to mix and muddle fall flavors into liquid submission. Below, five ways to sign out one season, and ring in the next.
To feel Like a Kid Again
Head To: The Eddy, one of the East Village's coziest New American nooks, is a place for creative cocktails, too.
Drink: Boba, Bubble, Tea ($15) is an adult play on the popular Taiwanese tapioca-studded drink. Here, bartender Luis Hernandez creates a matcha syrup that's blended with green tea, then spiked with gin and nigori sake. In place of grass jelly, he uses rum jelly.
FOR A Slushie That's Better Than 7-Eleven
Head To: Ladybird is the new Greenwich Village vegan tapas lounge from Ravi DeRossi (Mother of Pearl) and chef Daphne Cheng.
Drink: Dodo ($13), is a creamy cooler, not too sweet, and one that derives its hue from fresh avocado and shiso leaves. As for the booze component: Champagne.
If You're Keen on Rosé
Drink: Rose Shandy ($20) is essentially rosé three ways. Think a frozen rosé cube (which sits in a glass with thyme and currents) that chills a mix of fino sherry, blanc vermouth, and Peychaud's bitters, plus sparkling rosé, topped off with canned rosé.
For a Taste of Japan By Way of Cuba
Drink: One Flight Up ($14) is a Japanese take on a classic daiquiri. Waugh infuses white rum with Japanese green tea for a libation that straddles new and old.
For an early Glimpse of Fall
Head To: Sushi Seki on 46th Street, the newest member of the quality sushi chainlet, offers a variety of dining and drinking options. Beyond its usual bar, there's a kappo counter, a whiskey bar, and a separate bar for cocktails.
Drink: All That Orange ($15), despite its name and color, involves no actual orange flavor. Instead, that orange shade stems from kabocha squash, plus Aperol, gin, rosemary syrup, lime, and freshly grated nutmeg.