City heat makes quenching thirst a hot priority. We’ve sipped our way to fast-track refreshment, with fruit-based cocktails, both boozy and virgin. Time to get a little fruity.
Tablao » Leave it to a restaurant inspired by Spain, the land of midday siestas, to create the ultimate relaxation cocktail. Berry Good Mojito (rum, lime, mint, sugar and a berry medley) gets higher marks for its flavor and fragrance than its pun of a name. Sangria and live flamenco shows (Wed & Fri) add to the appeal. 361 Greenwich St., btw Harrison & Franklin sts., 212.334.4043
Gramercy Tavern » Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s ever-popular spot mixes cocktails that stand up to the venue’s rap—and the selection of virgin sips is (surprisingly) satisfying. Go for the booze-free spin on the negroni: N/A-Groni (San Pellegrino’s Sanbitter, candied grapefruit, club soda). 42 E. 20th St., btw Park Ave. So. & Broadway, 212.477.0777
Nerai » A Greek resto may not come to mind when searching for cocktails, but this small, elegant spot has a fruity menu inspired by Greek mythology (just sweeter). Persephone (prosecco, Cointreau, St. Germain, pomegranate) will leave you feeling like the queen of the underworld. 55 E. 54th St., btw Park & Madison aves., 212.759.5554
Rouge Tomate » An in-house juice bar fuels a fresh list of offerings—alcohol-free (Cucumber Cooler: cucumber, lemon, dill, seltzer) and nice ‘n’ strong (chamomile-infused gin, Yellow Chartreuse, apple, lemon, elderflower, sage)—at this haute health-food haven.
10 E. 60th St., btw Madison & Fifth aves., 646.237.8977
Evelyn Drinkery » Cocktails are taken seriously at this small spot with an ambience that blends homey and baroque. Madeleine’s Rose (gin, Lillet Rosé, raspberry, lemon, rose water, cava) is mixed with fruity finesse. 171 Ave. C, btw E. 10th & E. 11th sts., 212.254.7772
Pocha 32 » A hip Korean haunt boozes up staple summer fruit with Watermelon Soju, a hollowed-out melon brimming with clear rice liquor, pink pulp and fizzy lemon-lime soda. Fun for 4-6. 15 W. 32nd St., 2nd fl., btw Fifth Ave. & Broadway, 212.279.1876