Slideshow: 25 Sips from the 2012 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Opening Gala

Polymath and President
Polymath and President
Named for Thomas Jefferson, this deep and bitter cocktail brought together Jefferson's Bourbon, Cocchi Torino, Green Chartreuse, and Bitter Truth aromatic bitters.
Hello Mai Baby
Hello Mai Baby
The Appleton Rum area of the Gala was a tiki-drink destination. We liked this tropical cocktail made with Appleton Estate and Coruba dark rums, Kalani Coconut liqueur, orgeat, lime, and pineapple demerara syrup, topped off with sparkling wine.
Gilroy Cocktail
Gilroy Cocktail
This very dry gin sour made by the folks behind Bathtub Gin in Chelsea was our favorite cocktail of the evening. In this drink, Tanqueray is mixed with Roi Rene Rouge cherry liqueur, Dolin dry vermouth, fresh lemon, orange bitters, and a dash of Pernod absinthe.
The NoMad Cart
The NoMad Cart
The NoMad's bottle service, demonstrated by bar manager Leo Robitschek, was set up to offer a South Side, Negroni, Gin Gin Mule, Martinez, and a few other drinks to a few lucky folks in an invite-only PDT/NoMad popup within the Gala.
No. 6 Cup
No. 6 Cup
Pimm's No. 6 was vodka-based, so PDT's No. 6 Cup was as well. Sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, orange curacao, lemon, cucumber, and ginger ale rounded out this delicious and easy-drinking fruity beverage.
Glass Slipper
Glass Slipper
The newly released Lillet Rose is lovely in a cocktail with Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, Gran Classico, and prosecco.
Tribeca Cocktail
Tribeca Cocktail
This stirred cocktail from Ward III featured spicy Makers 46 with a bit of Gran Classico and orange bitters.
Cali Grapefruit
Cali Grapefruit
Caliche rum mixed with Campari, grapefruit juice, and soda makes for an easy-drinking refresher.
Perfect Death
Perfect Death
This silky smooth cocktail brought together Death's Door gin with dry and sweet vermouth, Combier grapefruit cordial, and grapefruit bitters.
Sun & Sand
Sun & Sand
This rye-heavy cocktail featured Michter's rye, fresh orange and lemon juice, and a little Cherry Heering. The flavor reminded us of candied oranges soaked in rye.
Flight of Fancy
Flight of Fancy
Belvedere Lemon Tea gets an herbal boost from thyme syrup and tonic (plus a splash of lime juice for freshness.)
Mercy
Mercy
This lovely lady was offering cans of the hangover prevention drink, Mercy, from a table attached to her dress.
Frisco
Frisco
The Frisco dates back to 1903. This version featured Redemption Rye, Benedictine, lemon, a touch of cherry juice and cherries soaked in Benedictine.
Sorel Liqueur
Sorel Liqueur
The Gala provides a chance for brands to share new products with masses of cocktail fans. This recently released spicy Caribbean liqueur is infused with hibiscus, ginger, clove, cassia, and nutmeg.
Emperor's Elixir
Emperor's Elixir
Pallini Limoncello and fresh lemon juice add tartness to Boru Vodka and cucumber in this cocktail created by Jonathan Pogash.
Light and Stormy
Light and Stormy
A simple refresher: 10 Cane Rum, ginger beer, and lime juice.
Mojito Granita
Mojito Granita
Don Q rum served up these icy-sweet frozen mojitos.
Bellavista
Bellavista
This slightly herbal cocktail had a nice bitter finish from Cynar mixed with Chilean pisco, Carmenere, and Angostura bitters.
Apple of My Eye
Apple of My Eye
A sweet dark rum cocktail with Lillet Rouge, Berentzen apple, orgeat, and lemon.
White Manhattan
White Manhattan
The folks behind White Pike whiskey were on hand serving up these cocktails made with White Pike, Dolin Blanc vermouth, Benedictine, and orange bitters. The addition of spelt and malted wheat to the White Pike mash adds rich texture, we were told.