Watermelon fruity cocktail mocktail drink decorated with cubes of fresh watermelon and rosemary

Spring has officially sprung. With snow in the rearview and warm temps finally the norm, it’s time to start sampling the best warm-weather drinks the city has to offer. Here are the best cocktails to try in NYC right now.

The Smalls Gimlet at The Handy Liquor Bar

The Handy Liquor Bar is a prohibition-inspired jazz club and craft cocktail bar with a refreshing take on classic drink recipes. Expanding upon the traditional Gimlet recipe of gin and lime juice, The Smalls Gimlet switches in vodka while adding fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, house smoked jalapeno syrup and black sea salt. Snag a snazzy tufted red leather corner booth and enjoy this spicy citrus libation over the sound of live saxophone.  

The Handy Liquor Bar. 527 Broome St, New York, NY. (212) 390-1705

Herb Collins at Duane Street Hotel Bar

You don’t have to go far to find one of the best spring cocktails in NYC when you stay at the Duane Street Hotel. The Herb Collins is designed by master mixologist Milos Zica of the famous West Village bar Employees Only.  A tasteful combination of gin, chartreuse and ginger beer is complemented by fresh ingredients like agave nectar, cucumber and lime juice. Whether you’re just starting your night or searching for a nightcap, this innovative drink is a winner at any hour.

Duane Street Hotel. 130 Duane St, New York, NY. (212) 964-4600

Christy Mack at Mulberry Project

There aren’t many foods more synonymous with warm-weather than watermelon. Pop inside the unmarked red door at 149 Mulberry Street in Little Italy for the Christy Mack—a savory blend of watermelon, tequila and jalapenos. Stick around. Mulberry Project’s large outdoor patio is the perfect place to slurp down bespoke cocktails in the sun.

Mulberry Project. 149 Mulberry St, New York, NY. (646) 448-4536

The Lost City at Pouring Ribbons

If you’re a thirsty traveler consider The Lost City at Pouring Ribbons in the East Village, your Atlantis. Refreshing and slightly adventurous, The Lost City combines ever-versatile Aperol with tequila and pungent additions like Thai basil, ginger and kumquats.

Pouring Ribbons. 225 Avenue B, New York, NY. (917) 656-6788

Spiced Colada at The Rusty Knot

Laidback surfer vibes radiate from the bamboo-lined furniture of The Rusty Knot, on the shore of the Hudson River in the West Village. But don’t come just for the West Coast ambiance. You’re here for the Spiced Colada—a frozen blend of pineapple, citrus, coconut, bitters and rum. It’s a drink you might go overboard on, but do your best to stay afloat.

The Rusty Knot. 425 West St, New York, NY. (212) 645-5668