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 Hot Summer Day: Intense Dark & Stormy
Barrow's Intense packs fresh ginger into a liquer that absolutely shines in a cocktail. The simple dark and stormy is taken to the next level with the extra-boozy, spicy-sweet take on the dark and stormy – no ginger ale required.
Credit: Bonnie Burke
Barrow's Intense Dark & Stormy
2 oz Barrow's Intense Ginger Liquer
1 oz Gosling Dark Rum