10 Summer Cocktails You Need in Your Life Right Now
And the gorgeous patios to drink them on
Don’t panic, but your days for outdoor drinking are numbered. (We know, it hurts.) Make the most of the rest of summer by kicking back with a fizzy, frosty or fruity cocktail on one of the city’s most inviting patios.
Frozémonade at Extra Fancy
Yep, that’s frozen rosé lemonade. Our boozy summer dreams just came true.
302 Metropolitan Ave. (at Roebling St.), Brooklyn; 347-422-0939 or extrafancybklyn.com
Cachaça Punch Slushie at Lavender Lake
This neighborhood spot never seems too crowded, despite the loveliness of its back garden (and refreshing fruity drinks).
383 Carroll St. (at Bond St.), Brooklyn; 347-799-2154 or lavenderlake.com
Sloe Cones at Branch Ofc.
Pastel picnic tables? Check. “Sloe cones” a.k.a. boozy snow cones? Check. If you need us, we’ll be here until September.
225 Rogers Ave. (at Union St.), Brooklyn; branchofcbrooklyn.com
Bespoke Cocktail at Mulberry Project
No vacation days left for a Caribbean escape? No prob. Just duck into this Nolita speakeasy for island vibes and a custom cocktail from the bartender.
149 Mulberry St. (at Grand St.); 646-448-4536 or mulberryproject.com
Guava-Chili Margarita at Gran Electrica
This list wouldn’t be complete without a margarita--we’re not monsters--and this guava-chili rendition is best enjoyed in the garden with a side of tacos.
5 Front St. (at Old Fulton St.), Brooklyn; 718-852-2700 or granelectrica.com
Friuli Mule at Bonnie Vee
We wish this hidden LES nook was our own personal backyard--but we’ll happily settle for a spot on the couch with a Friuli mule (amaro, Campari, prosecco and ginger).
17 Stanton St. (at Chrystie St.); 917-639-3352 or bonnievee.com
Fancy Pants Milk Punch at Forrest Point
Waiting for a table at Roberta’s? Do yourself a favor and stroll down the block to one of the prettiest patios in Brooklyn for a Fancy Pants milk punch (which is not the lactose bomb it sounds like, but a refreshing sip that includes rum, pineapple and cinnamon).
970 Flushing Ave. (at Forrest St.), Brooklyn; 718-366-2742 or forrestpoint.com
Cappelletti Spritz at Baker & Co.
We love this West Village gem for its adorable patio, its $7 Cappelletti spritz happy hour and its free snacks. (Yes, you read that right.)
259 Bleecker St. (at Cornelia St.); 212-255-1234 or bakernco.com
Moonshine Punch at the Gatehouses
No big deal, just a distillery tasting room that looks like a charming country castle in the middle of Brooklyn. Oh, and the moonshine punch is epic.
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 299 Sands St. (at Perry Ave.), Brooklyn; kingscountydistillery.com/tours
Frozen Negroni at Alta Linea
You’re welcome, NYC. You’re welcome.
The High Line Hotel, 180 Tenth Ave. (at 20th St.); 212-933-9735 or altalineanyc.com