The Garden Party ($16)
This adorably-garnished drink was "all about the desire to do something with fresh carrot juice," says Pitcher, who combined the orange stuff with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, citrus, and mint, along with Double Cross vodka from Slovakia.
Rhapsody in White ($16)
"Since there's been a proliferation of white whiskies, we've seen more 'White Manhattans'," says Pitcher, but this one, he says, "isn't as fearsome as you might think. Even though it's all booze, it's gentle." The cocktail, named after an album by Barry White (as well as a dog in the movie Best in Show) features 1512 Barbershop Rye made in San Francisco, plus Cocchi Americano Apertivo and Dolin Vermouth Blanc. "The Blanc is floral and unique," says Pitcher, "and has a weight to it. This drink ends up with a really beautiful velvety texture."
"This is a riff on a very old drink," says Gotham's Rick Pitcher, "from an old-school place in Hollywood called the Hi-Ho Club." The classic Hi-Ho cocktail is based on lemon, gin, and white port, but Pitcher emphasizes the fresh floral side of Hendrick's gin with fragrant Meyer lemon (juice and zest) and a drop of St. Germain.
Savoy Spritz ($12)
At one time, Pitcher told us, the French house of Savoy ruled Piedmont, where Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro comes from. Hence the name of this simple refresher, which was an inspired by an easy 19th-century recipe on the back of the Zucca label: just pour Zucca and soda in a glass and you're good. (Pitcher adds grapefruit to dial up the refreshment even further.)
Sheila Takes A Bow ($15)
"I'm a freak about grapefruit juice," says Pitcher to introduce this cocktail made with Death's Door Gin, Cocchi Americano Apertivo, Bonal Gentian Quina, and fresh grapefruit. The Bonal, which is traditionally consumed on ice as an aperitif, layers nicely with gin, offering a bit of herbal-on-herbal action.