As the 4th of July creeps up on us, check out 5 new celebratory cocktails from some of NYC’s favorite watering holes – Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge, The Lookup, The Beach at Dream Downtown, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown and The Rickey – that are refreshing, revitalizing and a perfect way to combat the heat! With the use of seasonal ingredients such as coconut, grapefruit, Aperol and passionfruit, the following cocktails are great for daytime/evening imbibing or for the at-home mixologist looking to entertain.
Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge | Berry Bubbly, $17 – Courtesy of Nikki McCutcheon, Beverage Director at Moxy Time Square
The Berry Bubbly, $17, found at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar is the perfect rooftop cocktail for summer. With wild berry vodka, agave, and fresh raspberries and topped with Moet Ice, this semi-sweet cocktail will keep you wanting more.R
1 oz Belvedere Wild Berry
.25 oz Agave
.25 oz Combier Framboise
.25 oz Lemon Juice
Topped with Moet IceI
Combine all ingredients into tin over ice (besides the Moet Ice) and shake well. Strain into a wine glass with fresh ice. Top with Moet Ice, and garnish with 3 raspberries on a skewer.
The Lookup | #3, $16 – Courtesy of Pamela Wiznitzer
The #3, $16, at The Lookup is the perfect hybrid between a paloma and a margarita – with added spice! You won’t want to miss this amazing concoction that can be made spicier upon request, and has an additional half rim of spices and salts to add another kick of flavor to the drink.
1.5 oz Calle 23 Blanco
.5 oz Grapefruit
.5 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Ancho Reyes Verde
Pinch of Pink Sea SaltI
Combine all ingredients to a tin over ice and shake. Coat the glass with a spiced rim (salt, sugar, pomegranate dust and cayenne) and strain into a highball with fresh ice. Sprinkle in a pinch of pink sea salt.
The Beach at Dream Downtown | Femme Fatale, $16 – Courtesy of Inigo Salazar, Food & Beverage Director at Dream Hotels NYCD
The Femme Fatale, $16, from The Beach at Dream Downtown is a light and refreshing cocktail that any vodka enthusiast would enjoy. Garnished with fresh edible flowers and rock candy, this fun and beautiful drink will be the most Instagrammable cocktail of the summer.R
1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz Grapefruit Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup I
Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.
PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown | Pompelmo Rosa, $18 – Courtesy of Phil Testa, Beverage Director at Dream MidtownD
The Pompelmo Rosa, $18, from PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown is a cocktail inspired by Positano, Italy. The elevated take on the Aperol Spritz, is complimented with grapefruit and lemon juice and an orange wedge – super light and refreshing!R
1.5 oz Grey Goose Vodka
1.5 oz Grapefruit Juice
.75 oz Aperol
.5 oz Lemon
Combine all ingredients, except bubbles, in shaker and shake with ice. Pour contents into a wine glass with fresh ice and top it off with Prosecco. Garnish with a orange wheel.
The Rickey | Rizzo, $16 – Courtesy of Phil Testa, Beverage Director at Dream Midtown
The Rizzo, $16, from The Rickey, is the perfect cocktail for a gin lover. With passionfruit, grapefruit, coconut water and egg white, ditch the boring gin & tonic and reach for something on the wild side!R
1.5 oz Principe De Los Apostoles Gin
1.25 oz Passion Fruit
.75 oz Lemongrass Syrup
.5 oz Grapefruit
.5 oz Coconut Water
4 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
In tin, add all ingredients, including the egg white and dry shake. Then add ice and shake. Strain into a highball with lemon ice and garnish with grapefruit wheel and thyme.