Refreshing summer cocktails are flourishing at bars and restaurants all over town, with a wide variety of colorful concoctions featuring fresh, fruit-forward flavors that make for some deceptively potent potables.
For a simple yet elegant summer option unsullied with lots of fillers (read: it's strong), try The Jasmine ($13). With the exception of some fresh lemon juice, this bad boy boasts a pure liquor lineup including Beefeater 24 gin, Cointreau and Campari.
Sangria Slushies ($8)--wine before liquor blah blah blah just look at those beautiful, refreshing glasses of boozy ice. We're not saying you won't have a bit of a brain freeze/sugar high/hangover, but that if you get them it'll be well worth the pain.
The Tito Jackson ($12) has two namesakes: under-appreciated Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson, and the Tito’s Vodka that’s shaken with muddled chunks of juicy watermelon, fresh basil leaves, honey and lemon.
Don't be startled by its blue hue; the Aviation isn't a fruity cocktail from your nightmares, but rather a delightfully retro glass of gin, creme de violette and lemon that's as lovely to sip on as it is to gaze upon.
The Tick Tick BOOM ($13) gets its kick not only from a healthy shot of silver tequila but also from the addition of jalapeno into the mix. It's not all bite, however, as honey and strawberry are also part of the recipe.
The views aren't to be missed, and neither is their Secret Garden ($20), a twist on the classic martini that even James Bond would approve of. Creator Gates Otsuji tells us his creation is "the cleanest dirty martini I can offer".