Best Cocktails in NYC
Pop 5: Best Cocktails Made in NYC
We're clearly working backwards. Last week, we named your top juice bar picks, and today we present your five most reached-for cocktails around town. After making us thirsty for a buzz at the most inopportune times of day, the general PopSugar NYC consensus reveals that you love a strong fruit-infused libation, preferably with vodka. Yum, we won't argue with that. Curious to know which drinks made the cut? Here's your Pop 5 favorite cocktails and the dens that make them.
- The Dragontail from Daniel Boulud's chic Daniel (60 E. 65th St., 212-288-0033) is reader Whitney R.'s cocktail of choice. She says, "the dragon fruit, kaffir lime, and litchi juice combo leaves you wanting to gulp it down and not sip it. Of course, on Park Avenue, we know all ladies must sip, so I control myself!" The induction of Veev açai liquor makes this a strong cocktail with nary a hint of that overpowering alcohol taste. Dangerous!
- Reader Sarah A. is obsessed with Nik's Moscow Mule from 10 Degrees (121 St. Mark's Pl., 212-358-8600). Her description of the mule? "Mmmmm." Here's a more specific rundown: it's made up of Ketel One vodka and ginger beer, on the rocks. Definitely a drink with major bite.
- Similarly, the Penny Drop from The Standard Grill (848 Washington St., 212-645-4100) gets rave reviews from a handful of readers. I'm noticing a vodka-meet-ginger beer trend here, do you agree? This particular potion mixes vodka with house made ginger cordial, lime juice, ginger beer, and fresh ginger. Word to the wise: if you absolutely love ginger, this will be your jam.
- PopSugar editorial assistant, Mackenzie, is back again with another delicious drink recommendation. Her favorite cocktail? A Pimm's cup from Trophy Bar (351 Broadway, 347-227-8515) in Williamsburg. She says, "Trophy has a stellar backyard and plays new wave disco. It's great for catching up with friends or busting a move, with a Pimm's cup in hand of course."
- Order a whiskey smash at Pegu (77 W. Houston St., 2nd Fl., 212-473-7348), then try walking in a straight line afterward. Just one of these will give you an ample buzz; the hardest part is ordering too many. It's a refreshing departure from the more familiar rum-infused mojito — the fresh muddled lemon, simple syrup, and mint leaves mask the generous amount of bourbon poured into the mix. It's so tasty you really do have to remind yourself to drink slowly.