In the spirit of fostering both virtual and real-life exploration, we’re expanding our “Feeds We’re Following” feature to bring you accounts you can follow for inspiration every week—whether that’s to make a meal, find a specialty grocer or have a fun night out. This week, some of the cocktail spots we’ve been enjoying that are great places to toast to the end of summer.
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Introducing the "Kina Collins," Kina (Quina) has a long history of supposedly curative powers. Originating from the high mountains of Peru and Bolivia, quinine came to Europe, where it eventually became a part of the drinking culture. Soon, Kina, (also spelled Quina and China) became ubiquitous with aperitif drinking in French and Italian cafe culture. At Sauvage, we like our Kina Collins cut with a little Marillen Apricot Eau de Vie, and topped with a gooseberry!
This is the freshly opened Greenpoint spot from the folks behind Maison Premiere, winners of this year’s James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program”—there’s no way the drinks weren’t going to be good. Enjoy them with oysters, now in their peak season. The Sauvage take on the Negroni, made with the more herbal Contratto Bitter instead of Campari, is a lovely variation.
At Glady’s, of course, you can feel like you’ve just stepped into the Caribbean without leaving Crown Heights year-round. Bar manager Shannon Mustipher—a rum expert—recently showed us how she makes their “Gold Coast,” a punch-inspired drink made with the Indonesian spirit Batavia Arrack, an English rum, lime, house-made pineapple gum syrup, banana syrup, ginger and a touch of nutmeg.
Bar manager Cyllan Hicks recently demonstrated on our Facebook how he makes a delicious take on the whisky sour that doesn’t include any egg whites. His spot, Midnights, is also a great place for late-night food (how about 1 a.m. cauliflower tacos?) and drinks in Williamsburg. The simple but excellent Lime All the Time, made with tequila, mezcal, pomegranate and chili salt is a nice balance of summertime fun and fall warmth.
For a taste of tiki that won’t break the bank, head over to Super Power, also in Crown Heights, to spend $20 on a “John the Beachcomber “that’ll make up to three people very merry. The “Slow Reveal” is the showstopper, though, served in a gold pineapple and made smooth thanks to cashew orgeat.
You’ll feel at ease at Botanica, right next to the Cacao Prieto chocolate factory, where you can enjoy the full line of Widow Jane whiskey and Cacao Prieto rum. The bar’s namesake cocktail, made with the brand’s classic rum and raspberries, is chocolaty, tart and feels incredibly decadent.
It’s been difficult to avoid hearing about the opening of Black Tail, a Cuba-inspired bar from the folks behind the classic Dead Rabbit. While the theme is a bit off-putting, the Rum and Coke—made with aged Bacardí, cola syrup, Champagne, Fernet and a bit of bitters—is a fizzy and just-a-touch bitter drink that’s miles away from what you ordered on your 21st birthday.