Slideshow: Staff Picks: The Best Drinks We Had in May

The Old Cuban at the Pegu Club, NYC
The Old Cuban at the Pegu Club, NYC
"The mix of dark rum, lime, mint, Angostura, and Champagne is equal parts dark and bright, and it made a hell of a last drink on a recent trip to the Pegu Club. There's almost a dry cola element to it, with the deep sweetness of tropical fruit and the dry effervescence of sparkling wine. But it's not overly sweet in the least, and the light mint garnish, which you inhale more than taste, keeps it out of soda territory. I plan to hack this at home and start serving it for summer dinners with the windows wide open. (Hey, we don't all have backyards. But this drink is a start.)"—Max Falkowitz, NY Editor
Pok Pok Gin and Tonic, Brooklyn
Pok Pok Gin and Tonic, Brooklyn
"I'm so happy that Andy Ricker's Pok Pok opened up in Brooklyn last month, and not just for the awesome interpretation of Northern Thai food he does. The drinks—many based on drinking vinegars—are well above your average Thai joint. My favorite so far is the Pok Pok Gin and Tonic ($7), which modifies the classic summer drink with a hit of kaffir lime-infused gin."—J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer
Jack Satan at Comal, Berkeley, CA
Jack Satan at Comal, Berkeley, CA
"I have a hard time not downing the Jack Satan at Comal in one long sip—it goes down that easy, and it's that damn tasty. Partida Reposado is freshened up with a housemade hibiscus syrup, and lent a subtle, slow burning slice thanks to a tincture made of six (!) different types of chiles."—Lauren Sloss, San Francisco contributor
Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale
Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale
"The aroma on this beer draws you in with tart cherries, oak and mild balsamic vinegar. The flavor brings you back with a pleasant acidity, bright carbonation and more of of the incredible tart cherries. Red Poppy is The Lost Abbey's version of a Belgian Flanders Ale. It's brewed with cherries and it's in oak for 6 months. Almost all sour beers pair beautifully with food, and this one is no exception. If you have a bottle of this in your fridge, I recommend opening it when you're grilling a ribeye over charcoal."—Joe Postma, Homebrewing columnist
Di Pompelmo at Amor Y Amargo, NYC
Di Pompelmo at Amor Y Amargo, NYC
"A relatively new addition to the Amor Y Amargo menu, the "Di Pompelmo" is a bit of a 'trompe la langue' cocktail, fooling the tongue into thinking it contains grapefruit juice. In actuality, the drink contains tequila, Cochi Americano, Aperol, Bittermens Citron Sauvage, and Hopped Grapefruit Bitters. It's a lovely refreshing drink with a strong herbaceous finish for these hotter days we've been having."—Alice Gao, Photographer
Who Dares Wins at The Last Word Saloon in Edinburgh
Who Dares Wins at The Last Word Saloon in Edinburgh
"On Scotch Eve in Edinburgh, we miraculously made it to both Bramble Bar and their newest creation, The Last Word Saloon, which had just opened the day before. Awaiting me there was Who Dares Wins, a smooth, silky blend of Beefeater gin, fresh lemon juice, homemade orgeat and kummel (a fennel-spiked liqueur) that I was proud to share. After we finished sipping each other's drinks, ordering the second round was easy: a trayful of these."—Jessica Leibowitz, SE Videographer
The Haymarket at The Nomad, NYC
The Haymarket at The Nomad, NYC
"I don't want to go too crazy with hyperbole and say The Haymarket at the NoMad is the perfect summer drink, but, alright...I will. I love bitter IPAs but sometimes they are a bit too heavy. To me, this almost felt like a deconstructed IPA. Bitter from the beer, refreshing from the cucumber, citrusy from the lime, plus a little woody, herbal Suze. By far the most complex beer cocktail I've had."—Leandra Palermo, Sales/Marketing
The Bruery Mother Funker
The Bruery Mother Funker
"We drank a lot of sour beer this month but the one that stood out the most was Mother Funker from The Bruery's Provisions Series. Aged in Chardonnay barrels, Mother Funker has a ton of citrus, funk, and vinegar notes. Not all that food friendly and not for the wild ale novice but incredibly complex towards the end of the glass."—Chris Lehault, Cider and Beer Events columnist
The Coastal Pimm's Cup at Goose & Gander in St. Helena, CA
The Coastal Pimm's Cup at Goose & Gander in St. Helena, CA
"The Coastal Pimm's Cup at Goose & Gander tastes as good as it looks. Fresh, herbal St. George Terroir gin, sweet Pimm's, and a veritable bouquet of fragrant foraged plants (borage! fennel!)—this is basically what I want to spend my summer drinking."—Lauren Sloss, San Francisco contributor
The Mayor Rock from Riffle, Portland OR
The Mayor Rock from Riffle, Portland OR
"My favorite drink from May was this smoky old-fashioned, a cocktail for whiskey fans and mezcal lovers alike. It also carries a bit of history, as the mezcal is mixed with America's oldest spirit, Laird's Bonded Applejack. The applejack adds a pleasant fruit flavor and the cocktail is finished with a touch of sweetness from pure agave syrup and a couple dashes of orange and Angostura bitters for balance."—Greg Harned, Portland contributor
The Gilroy from Bathtub Gin at the MCC Gala
The Gilroy from Bathtub Gin at the MCC Gala
"My favorite sip from the Manhattan Cocktail Classic opening night gala was from Bathtub Gin in Chelsea. In a hot room, The Gilroy, a tart, dry mixture of fresh lemon, Tanqueray, Roi Rene Rouge cherry liqueur, Dolin dry vermouth, orange bitters, and Pernod absinthe was the perfect thirst-quencher."—Maggie Hoffman, Drinks editor
Canned Craft Beer
Canned Craft Beer
"You know, this may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but the best thing I drank in May was Brooklyn Brewery's Summer Ale from a can. The proliferation of quality beers in cans in general is a development that I can really get behind, and plan to take advantage of all summer long."—Ben Fishner, Support