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Your Best Cocktail Options For the Fourth

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Still haven’t decided what to do for Fourth of July weekend? There are a thousand and one places to go for dinner and a night out, and this list will guide you to the best restaurants for summer-refreshing cocktails on Independence Day. Whether you’re in the Hamptons or the city this weekend, you have plenty of options of where to go, and what delicious drinks you should celebrate with.


 


In the Hamptons:


Calissa

1020 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill; 631-500-9292



Inspired by the island of Mykonos, Calissa has identified itself as a “social dining experience.” Since Myokonos is known for its summer party atmosphere, there’s nowhere better to celebrate Fourth of July. Calissa holds the longest list of magnums and rosé in all of Long Island. If cocktails are more to your fancy, their most popular ones are the Vela and the Lyra. The Vela is similar to a frozen rosé cocktail, but a tequila and watermelon version. The Lyra is a Mediterranean-version of a Gimlet topped with cucumber and jalapeño. 


Even better: not only can you enjoy those refreshing cocktails, but you can also dance the night away over the Fourth of July weekend at Calissa’s “Mykonos Paradise White Party.” The bar will be open until 2 am, while DJ Lee Kalt keeps everyone dancing both inside and outside on the warm summer night.


 


1770 House

143 Main Street, East Hampton; 631-324-1770



If you’re looking for quieter night out on this patriotic weekend, head over to the 1770 House. This historic hotel is an excellent place to celebrate the birthday of our nation, and the restaurant recommends their award-winning wine list for the night. There are 16 different options for wine by the glass, but for larger parties there are 20 options for half-bottles. The summer favorite is a bottle of Cava rosé (Casteller from Spain). Easy to drink on its own or with dinner.


 


In New York City:


Empellón

510 Madison Avenue, New York; 212-858-9365



In Midtown, you can enjoy Empellón’s mouthwatering Mexican food this weekend. Their most popular drinks are the margaritas, with the Classic and the Spicy Cucumber ranking as the favorites. The Classic is made with Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila toped off with fresh lime juice. But if you’re looking for something with a stronger kick, the Spicy Cucumber adds cucumber, jalapeño and chile salt.


 


Gotham Bar and Grill

12 East 12th Street, New York; 212-620-4020



A wonderful way to spend Fourth of July is sitting in a beautiful New American restaurant. After a meal of seafood salad, grilled branzino and marine lobster, you can enjoy Gotham’s unique and distinctive cocktails. The Gotham Fizz is a rosemary-infused Martin Miller’s gin, topped with egg whites and cranberry bitters. If you’re a whiskey-lover, Ryes and Shine contains Ritthouse Rye, White Pike, Aperol, freshly pressed watermelon juice, lime and black pepper. Finally, Dear Violet will fill you up with Allaire Vodka, Aurora Manzanilla Sherry, Dimmi, St. Germain and lavender bitters.


 


Aquavit

65 East 55th Street, New York;  212-307-7311



With delectable Swedish cuisine, you can enjoy a lovely prix fix menu three-course meal, as well as an enticing array of cheeses. Some Aquavit favorites include the Lillet of the Valley and the Scandi Sour. Both drinks are refreshing and light, perfect for this summer holiday. The Lillet of the Valley is made with Diebolt-Vallois Brut Champagne, Lillet Blanc, Elderflower and lemon. The Scandi Sour is made with Lini Aquavit, lime and turbinado sugar.


 


Jean-Georges

1 Central Park West, New York; 212-299-3900



Whether you’re looking for a three-course prix-fix menu or a six-course tasting menu, the food and ambiance of Jean-Georges will astound you. The chic, intimate dining room is a lovely setting for your Fourth of July. The most popular drinks are even more margaritas! The Ginger Margarita is made with Arette Reposado Tequila, ginger, lime and ginger salt.


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