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Best Craft Cocktails This Spring in NYC

April 26, 2019 - by Regina Molaro
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Spring has arrived, ushering in New York's refreshing cocktail season. The city boasts an extensive list of venues, some with outdoor seating or rooftop terraces. Invite the crew and explore one of these chic city hotspots with a cool drink to celebrate spring!

Prada Colado at the Diego at Public Hotel

Prada Colado

Sip in style. Mixologist Ivy Mix is the talent behind this season’s refreshing Prada Colado cocktail, which is available at the swanky Diego bar at the Public Hotel. The Prada Colado boasts the tropical flavors of Crème De Banana and Coconut Cream, and features Smith & Cross Rum among other fine ingredients. The Prada is served on the rocks and is garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a mint sprig. 215 Chrystie St., 212-735-6000,

Fire & Blood at The Ribbon

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Upper West Side favorite The Ribbon has arrived in Time Square in an elegant setting that pays homage to old New York. Join them for creative cooking and a great craft cocktail program. All May, in honor of the final season of G-o-T, they'll be serving the “Fire & Blood,” made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and Limited Edition Johnnie Walker White Walker. 220 W. 44th St., 212-944-2474, 

Murder By Numbers at Empellón Taqueria

Murder By Numbers cocktail

Established by chef and founder Alex Stupak, Empellón Taqueria is a trendy contemporary hotspot that serves American cuisine with Mexican influences and flair. Its cocktails focus on precision and the use of artisanal spirits. Empellón’s Murder By Numbers cocktail boasts the flavors of La Venenosa Raicilla “Tabernas” and Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. It includes a dash of POM pomegranate juice, citrusy lemon-lime juice, and other flavors. Empellón Taqueria also has locations in the East Village, West Village, Murray Hill, and Midtown. 230 W. 4th St., 212-367-0999,

Watch Me Matcha at Paper Daisy

Watch Me Matcha cocktail

Next stop: Downtown to Paper Daisy for the enticing Watch Me Matcha, which was created by cocktail star Thomas Flynn. It boasts Four Pillars Gin, Mizu Lemongrass Shochu, citrusy Italicus, and a splash of lemon juice, as well as matcha, refreshing cucumber slices, and other ingredients. 41 St. Marks Pl.,

Roseberry at Rahi 

Roseberry cocktail

Greenwich Village’s Rahi is ideal for those who yearn to drink and dine al fresco. The artisanal Indian eatery recently introduced outdoor seating. Guests can bask in the sun while enjoying modern takes on classic Indian dishes and exotic cocktails. Rahi boasts an Indian-inspired cocktail list, which includes the Roseberry—a fusion of mango rum, lemon, fresh rosemary, raspberry puree, and simple syrup. Created by bartender Yessenia Alverez, the Roseberry features a rosemary salt rim and is garnished with a raspberry. 60 Greenwich Ave., 212-373-8900,

Lust at Social Drink & Food at Yotel Hotel

Lust cocktail

Located on the fourth floor of the Yotel Hotel, Social Drink & Food offers a fun outdoor rooftop terrace, which is accessible to hotel guests and locals. Offering spectacular views of midtown, the stylish locale flaunts green turf floors and a kaleidoscope of fun rainbow-colored chairs and banquettes, as well as verdant green shrubbery. Social Drink & Food features a list of creative cocktails, as well as wine and beer. On the menu is Lust—an invigorating mix of Square One Cucumber Vodka, Cinzano Bianco, rose petal syrup, and lemon juice. The festive cocktail, which was crafted by Beverage Director Ian Nal, is garnished with delicate mini rose buds. For an extra dose of springtime fun, play a round of mini golf. 570 Tenth Ave., 4thfl., 646-449-7793,

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