They say you eat with your eyes, and we're pretty sure that applies to cocktails too. Just glancing at these makes our mouths water. We feel a little bad ruining the stunning presenation by pouring them into our face, but we can live with that.
Pimm’s Cup at Dante, New York City
New York City’s Dante, the revamp of legendary Village haunt Caffe Dante, rounds out its Italian-American menu with some very alluring drinks, not least of which is the house version of the Pimm’s Cup. A garden in a glass, the colorful cocktail is made with gin, cucumber bitters, star anise and spicy ginger beer, and it's packed full of fresh fruit and berries.
Cucumber Collins at Living Room W South Beach, Miami
If you find yourself at Miami’s Living Room at the W South Beach, get your hands on the Cucumber Collins immediately. The imaginative minds behind the bar at the nighttime playground came up with this vibrantly pink cocktail, which mixes cucumber vodka, lemon and yuzu juice and seltzer with a beautiful bounty of blueberries, pickled cucumber slices and edible flowers.
The Belladonna at Canard, Houston
At Canard in Houston, the ambitious drinks menu includes the eye-popping Belladonna. Intricate, multi-colored layers of violet flower liqueur, apple peel and rose geranium-infused French vermouth are topped with a ghost-like layer of French Absinthe, then doused with ice water—transforming the color of this magical drink into an opalescent shade of milky green. Photo by Quy Tran Photography.
Sakura Martini at Bar Goto, New York City
On New York City's Lower East Side, Bar Goto serves Japanese tapas-style izakaya dishes and Japan-inspired cocktails like the Sakura Martini. Don’t let its delicate appearance fool you; this smooth drink packs a serious punch. It's made with three types of booze (sake, gin and cherry liqueur), and capped off by a pretty cherry blossom floating in the glass. Photo courtesy of Bar Goto Instagram.
Ma-Ti Cobbler at Cliff’s Edge, Los Angeles
Cliff’s Edge, a restaurant in L.A.'s Silver Lake area, has a lovely ficus-tree-filled patio and serves standout American cuisine. The cocktails are excellent too, including the luscious Ma-Ti Cobbler. The drink involves an unusual combo of prickly-pear spirit, simple syrup, wine, cactus-fruit puree, lime juice, and angostura bitters. It's guaranteed to have you hooked at first sight, and first sip.
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