One of the best places to see the biggest trends and best ideas in cocktail-making is at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Dozens of the best bartenders (or, if you prefer, mixologists) in the world line the floors of the New York Public Library to serve 3,000 people in black tie, cocktail dress, and, in the case of Big Boi who performed at the event, gold chains.
We did our best to try all the best cocktails there, but since there were over 100 different drinks, we could only sample a small percentage of all that was offered. Here are our favorite 11 cocktails that we'll be trying to recreate at home.
Best for a Big Meal: The Bang Bang
Spicy cocktails can be the ultimate digestif, the perfect late night drink, especially after a giant meal. Or, they can be a complete train wreck with spice overpowering the flavor and burning the tongue. This brilliant little cocktail happily falls into the former category, with a heat that takes a backseat to a smoky mezcal.
The Bang Bang
Credit: Bonnie Burke
0.5 oz Sorel Hibiscus Liqueur
1.5 oz Del Maguey Vida mezcal
0.5 oz peppercorn syrup
0.5 oz lime juice
1 dash Bittermans Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters