White dog, moonshine, corn whiskey, raw whiskey, white whiskey–whichever name you call it, unaged, just-off-the-still whiskey is a hot trend in NYC. Since it is not aged in barrels, white whiskey lets the flavor of the grain–corn, wheat, and rye are most common–shine through. NYC bartenders are experimenting with this clear, lightly sweet spirit as an alternative to aged whiskey or vodka. Here are some white whiskey cocktails to check out. By Selena Ricks-Good.

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Devil in White at The Modern Bar Room ($15)

9 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY
(212) 333-1220

This martini featuring Death’s Door White Whiskey, Dolin Blanc Vermouth and A.B. Smeby’s Black and White Bitters is elegant and dessert-like, thanks to the splash of black-and-white cookie-flavored bitters. Silky smooth and balanced, this is a strong cocktail for the novice imbiber–the red winter wheat spirit packs a punch.

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White Manhattan at Marlow & Sons ($14)

81 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 384-1441

A twist on New York’s iconic Manhattan cocktail, this version features King’s County Moonshine, Dolin vermouth and lemon peel. King’s County Moonshine, made in–you guessed it–Brooklyn,  is distilled from New York wheat in the first NYC distillery to open since Prohibition. The dry flavors of the White Manhattan pair perfectly with oysters, Marlow & Sons’ specialty.

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Albino Old Fashioned at Bar Celona

104 S. 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 237-7828

This luxe cocktail bar in Williamsburg features expertly-made cocktails such as this twist on the Old Fashioned featuring Death’s Door White Whiskey, brandied cherries and grapefruit peel. The bright, malty flavor of the unaged whiskey blends well with the fruit, creating a full-flavored drinking experience.

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.

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