The old saying that “Necessity is the mother of invention” sums up this year’s crop of summer cocktails at NYC hotels. Across the humid city, hotel bartenders are battling the heat with an array of cooling cocktails.
First up: Childhood meets adulthood in one of this summer’s best pairings — alcoholic ice pops. The Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar at Conrad New York in Battery Park partnered with People’s Pops to create alcohol-infused pops, like apricot-raspberry with Grand Marnier and plum blueberry with Bushmills Irish whiskey. For a sparkling touch, the ice pops arrive dunked in a generous glass of Prosecco from the bar’s tap.
At the Refinery Hotel in the Garment District, bartender Alex Ott is known to be a hangover-slayer. “Dr. Ott,” as he’s called, has created a summer menu of all-natural cocktails with the aim of mitigating the painful morning-after. Park yourself at the bar and sample Ott’s summer menu, which includes the Gin Jam, a bright mix of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and raspberry jam, and the Mojito Negroni, with spiced rum, ginger beer, muddled mint, lime and brown sugar.
The erudite The James in SoHo kicked off the summer with a new Literary Libation program by mixologist Johnny Swet in collaboration with Joel Stein, author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity. Stein selected books for each of the cities that have a James hotel – Chicago, Miami, New York and an upcoming opening in L.A. – while Swet concocted the corresponding cocktails. Guests can order the books and booze to their room (or upload the books to their eReader or Kindle). The tomes include Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, about growing older (but not necessarily wiser) in the digital age; and The Big Short by Michael Lews, on how New York City is basically “a one-industry town and that industry is money.” Pair these New York reads with Johnny Swet’s potent cocktail Blood & Sand, with scotch, vermouth, Heering cherry liqueur and orange juice.
But what if you’d prefer to sip cocktails in the comfort of your bathrobe? For that, there’s the new 5,000-square-foot Champagne Suite at the New York Palace, which opened this summer. Frolic in the outdoor jacuzzi, taking in cinematic views of Manhattan, and then retire to the grand parlor which houses a Dom Perignon-stocked champagne wine cave, the only one of its kind in a New York City hotel. Of course, there’s a price – $25,000 a night – but hey, it includes a trained sommelier who will pair champagne selections with your en-suite dinner. Cheers.
For more rooftop cocktailing, check out 8 NYC Hotels With the Best Rooftops.