As the inevitable end of the summer approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the glories of fall. What better way to slide into the season of beautiful autumn leaves and brisk cool nights than sipping on an appropriately seasonal cocktail? Here’s a list of New York City’s best fall cocktails for 2014.
Smoked Carrot Margarita at Flinders Lane
162 Ave. A
New York, NY 10009
Setting the mood for a relaxed evening of cocktails, Flinders Lane in the East Village has the great blend of intimacy and great drinks. For fall 2014, try its new Smoked Carrot Margarita — a blend of fresh carrot juice, cardamon syrup, fresh lime juice, tequila and mescal. Perfectly shaken, the Smoked Carrot Margarita is sure to warm your spirits.
The Daddy-O at Daddy-O
44 Bedford St.
New York, NY 10014
Situated in the heart of the West Village, well-known bar/restaurant Daddy-O specializes in well-crafted cocktails and bites of food to go with them. When the fall seasons hits you, head over to Daddy-O to try its signature drink The Daddy-O. The Daddy-O features Wild Turkey rare breed Bourbon, Wild Turkey American honey liqueur, orange bitters and house-made drunken cherries. What’s better than cherries soaked in bourbon?
Jagged Edge at Huckleberry Bar
588 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
East Williamsburg’s Huckleberry Bar is the perfect fusion of an upscale cozy bar with a new Brooklyn feel. Huckleberry’s offers an extensive list of well-executed seasonal and classic cocktails. For Fall 2014, check out its freshly created, Jagged Edge. Blending just the right amount of whiskey, smoked bell pepper syrup, honey syrup, fresh lemon juice, bitters and a dash of hot sauce, with a hint of spice, Jagged Edge will warm your fall nights.
Honey Whiskey Fix at Little Branch
20 7th Ave. S.
New York, NY 10011
One of New York City’s best-kept secret bars (until now), Little Branch is tucked away just off of 7th Avenue and St. Luke’s Place in the West Village. Little Branch has a genuine speakeasy vibe with live jazz bands playing throughout the week in this quiet intimate establishment. What better way to enjoy a fall evening than sipping on a well-crafted cocktail while listening to live music? Try Little Branch’s Honey Whiskey Fix. Recently created for Fall 2014, the Honey Whiskey Fix features fresh lemon juice, honey and rye whiskey served over crushed ice.
Tin Star at The Trippler
425 W. 15th St.
New York, NY 10011
The Trippler has a cushy feel though the establishment is a fairly large bar hidden underneath Chelsea Market. Grab a delicious small bite of food while savoring a perfectly mixed aperitif. For the autumn season, try the Tin Star — a mixture of Tennessee whiskey, mezcal, Meletti amaro, pimento dram and a slice of habanero pepper. It’s strong and spicy, just what you need for a cool fall night.
Ayanna Barton is a freelance writer covering all things New York. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.