The Close Haul
This festive punch is a perfect beverage to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a crowd; the Drink serves it both by the glass and by the bowl for groups to share. The bar’s Frank Cisneros says that Damrak gin has pleasantly sweet notes of honeysuckle that go well with chamomile and cucumber, while Meyer lemon bitters make the whole drink “pop.”
The Green Dragon
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Cocktail star Jack McGarry’s take on a traditional tiki swizzle showcases poteen, a type of unaged Irish whiskey that’s only recently become available in the US. “We wanted to really show off its versatility,” says Dead Rabbit bartender Pam Wiznitzer.
The Last Word
Ordering this drink was once a sort of secret handshake within the cocktail industry. “If you ordered it at a bar, it flagged you as a sophisticated drinker,” says Pouring Ribbons barkeep Joaquin Simó. In recent years, the powerful cocktail has gone more mainstream and is now something of a modern classic.
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Head bartender Meaghan Dorman says this house creation provides a clean, citrus-driven backdrop for earthy mezcal, tequila’s smoky cousin and currently all the rage with American mixologists. According to Dorman, it’s a great cocktail for special occasions like St. Patrick’s Day because of its unusual flavor profile.