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Spotlight on Spring Cocktails in New York

When it comes to blink-and-you’ll miss it spring, you’ll want to consume its endowment of transcendent produce as often as you can, and in as many permutations as possible. So be sure to visit bars and restaurants intent funneling the garden to your glass, from Olmsted’s sweet pea and sake tipple, to Motel Morris’ strawberry-balsamic drink…

Olmsted

Olmsted
659 Vanderbilt Ave
Prospect Heights,New York 11238
(718) 552-2610

With an edible garden in the backyard (now double its size, featuring an insulated greenhouse), it’s easy for Olmsted to vary its cocktail selection according to the whims of the season — leading to options like “Rhubarb” (made with tequila, salt foam and tonic), “Tarragon” (featuring gin, sherry and yuzu), and even “Snap Pea,” flavored with pickling liquid, escubac (a French liqueur) and sake.

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Motel Morris

Motel Morris
132 7th Ave
Chelsea,New York 10011
(646) 880-4810

While hotel bars and restaurants are all the rage, this is actually a standalone Chelsea establishment, featuring seasonal American food and cocktails like the “Twentieth Century” (gin and lillet), the “Down the Shore (mezcal, aloe, cucumber and mint), and “Kitty O’Sheas;” a vibrant blend of plum sloe, strawberry, basil and balsamic.

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Flora Bar

Flora Bar
945 Madison Ave
Upper East Side,New York 10021
(646) 558-5383

New York is just as celebrated for its cultural institutions as it is its drinking and dining scene.  So why not take advantage of both at the Met Brauer-situated Flora Bar, featuring food from Ignacio Mattos and cocktails courtesy of partner Thomas Carter?  Look for the “Solea” with rum, ginger, spiced hibiscus and soda, and the “Son of Neptune,” made with scotch, lemon, pineapple and lavender honey.  Did we mention there’s al fresco seating to enjoy that cocktail to boot?

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Miss Ada

Miss Ada
184 Dekalb Ave
Fort Greene,New York 11205
(917) 909-1023

Modern Middle Eastern cuisine is definitely having a moment, as further evidenced by the Brooklyn opening of Miss Ada.  The pseudo Israeli stunner from a Lupa and Bar Bolonat vet offers Masabaha Hummus with charred ramps, Kebab Burgers moistened with bone marrow, and a slew of exciting cocktails — dig the “Once Upon a Thyme, comprised of herbs, gin and lime, and a perfumed Lavender Old Fashioned, finished with bourbon and orange peel.

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Coup

Coup
64 Cooper Square
NoHo,New York 10003

Drinks may command a steep $20, but it will be some of the best money you’ve spent, considering Ginger Beer Shandies, “Gin & Toxic Masculinities,” and “Equal Pay Rose” are formulated by a rotating roster of star mixologists, and help fund organizations in the crosshairs of Donald Trump.

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Cannibal Liquor House

Cannibal Liquor House
111 E 29th St
Murray Hill,New York 10016
(212) 685-5585

This spin-off of the carnivorous Cannibal holds its libations in equal esteem; partnering pork rinds, veal cheeks, bar steaks and burgers with traditional drinks elevated with fresh elements, a la the Strawberry Vesper, Sotol Swizzles with lime, mint and quince, and Harvey Wallbangers made with orange marmalade.

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Little Mountain

Little Mountain
359 Sackett St
Carroll Gardens,New York 11231
(718) 797-3431

The so-called “Smallest Bar in Brooklyn” (all of 270 square feet), packs a ton of ‘tude in a tiny space; utilizing two taps to turn out weather appropriate beverages, such as a Hibiscus Spritzer spiked with vodka or gin, and housemade alcoholic ginger beer, which can either be enjoyed straight or supplemented with rum, for an extra boozy Dark & Stormy.

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1 Bedford

1 Bedford
1 Bedford Ave
Greenpoint,New York 11222
(718) 383-5349

The Latin-styled Nights & Weekends recently transformed into this elegant European aperitivo bar, meaning you can drink your weight in low ABV Spritzes, Pisco Passions with passionfruit and St. Germain, and the “Lillet 1872,” made with lillet rose and tonic.

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