As the weather gets warmer, restaurants are changing their cocktail menus to reflect the seasonal ingredients of springtime. From Brooklyn to Midtown and Lower Manhattan, here are some of the best drink menus reflecting the flavors of the season. By John Friia
138 Smith Street
A taste of Denmark is found in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn at Bornholm. Named after a small island of the Scandinavian country, Bornholm serves blooming cocktails to pair with its Nordic cuisine. Sunshine fills the glass of the Danish-inspired “DANEgerous,” made with anise-flavored liqueur, Triple Sec, fresh lime juice and star anise garnish. Brooklynites can try Bornholm’s nod to the neighborhood with the refreshing “Alo Brooklyn,” made with gin, aloe juice, lime juice and topped with two lightly-pickled cucumber slices.
118A East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
One of Manhattan’s latest Mexican restaurants brings a relaxing atmosphere to the Union Square. Camacho’s serves an array of springtime cocktails from Liquid Lab NYC that will make people feel like they are on vacation in Cancun. Unwind with the “Dusk Til Dawn,” made with jalapeno-infused tequila, fresh lime, pineapple and amber agave. Camacho’s also makes large drinks entertaining with their “Bad Hombre.” A cocktail menu at a Mexican restaurant is not complete without a signature margarita, and Camacho’s offers two delicious versions, including their classic and orchard flavors.
200 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
High above the Garment District, The Skylark is a tri-level rooftop lounge with city chic and sophistication. As the weather begins to get warmer, the bar will feature a rotating cocktail menu that represents the change of season. While people gaze at the spring sunset, they can sip on the “Cold Brew Coffee Swizzle” with rum, coconut liquor, cold brew coffee, coconut milk and coconut garnish. Other new cocktails includes “The Stack,” mixed with bourbon, Aperol, brandy, lavender bitters, orange bitters and garnished with an orange twist and lavender.
19 West 8th Street
New York, NY 10011
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A night of jazz and drinks in the West Village is found at Analogue. The intimate and refined lounge continues its mission of offering a haven from all things digital with its spring cocktail menu. The new drinks feature their house-made syrups and whimsical named drinks, including the “Genever Gonna Give You Up,” mixed with gin, pink grapefruit liqueur, Campari, wine and rosemary. New Yorkers do not have to dress up to sip on their “Black Thai Option,” a vodka-based cocktail which delivers a powerful mix of basil, ginger and smoked sea salt.
70 South Street
New York, NY 10005
Overlooking the East River and near the South Street Seaport, Industry Kitchen is an expansive restaurant blending the industrial neighborhood with a modern and welcoming atmosphere. Adding a little sunshine to any day, Industry Kitchen offers the “Sunny Seaport.” This rum-based cocktail is mixed with orange rosemary syrup, lemon juice and yellow chartreuse, which makes it feel sunny even on those rainy spring days. Vodka drinkers can order the “Yellow Effect,” made with a vodka infused cloves, brown sugar, cinnamon, triple sec and orange.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.