Despite temps still hovering around the 70s and 80s, let’s just accept it: it’s time to put away the swimsuits and sunglasses, and make the switch from frozen mojitos to sipping something decidedly more sylvan and rustic.
And so we asked four of NYC’s most reliably creative nightspots to let us in on the secrets behind their most autumn-evoking cocktails. There’s Ophelia, the plush new neo-gothic Beekman Tower rooftop lounge, with, as BlackBook so described earlier this year, “luscious Italian, red-velvet seating and soaring, etched-glass windows”; Añejo, Tribeca’s sultry but elegant Mexican eatery and tequila bar; Nickel & Diner, the lunch-counter-chic Soho comfort food fashion fave; and the stunningly designed Industry Kitchen, part of the new wave of Seaport hotspots.
So let go of summer, and embrace all that is smokey, cidery and nutmeggy (yes, we know that’s not a real word).
“Autumn in New York / It’s good to live it again…”
Honey & Smoke
Created by Amir Babayoff for Ophelia
1oz JD honey
1 oz monkey shoulder
0.5 oz lemon
0.5 thyme simole syrup
Dry shake, add ice, shake. Double strain to rocks glass w big rock. Add 2 spray mists of Ardbeg on top of glass. Garnish with a sprig of Thyme.