Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel
There are two main focuses to the drinks at Gallow Green. Guests can select from a quartet of Macbeth-themed signature drinks or a trio of punches; all of which were designed by David Wondrich. Our favorite was the Third Degree, a stiff, early 20th century cocktail heavy on the dry vermouth that will find favor with martini drinkers and absinthe lovers alike. For something a little more seasonal, we recommend the Out Damn Spot (pictured); a refreshing blend of whisky, ginger beer, lemon juice and bitters.
The drink menu features a half dozen house cocktails incorporating herbs and peppers farmed half a block away at the restaurant's Riverpark Farm. From hyssop to Fresno chilies, these are farm-to-table cocktails with a distinct Manhattan character. There's a full dining menu, but you can keep it simple with Riverpark's creative bar snacks ranging from spiced potato chips to oyster tacos. We enjoyed all the cocktails that we tried but were most excited by The Goblin, an herbaceous cooler made with honeydew and anise hyssop from their garden, served with a bit of gin, Green Chartreuse, and a splash of Prosecco for summer defined in a glass.
Raines Law Room
As far as backyard cocktails go, however, you will not find a better one than at Raines. The Mariposa Fizz is a refreshing blend of pisco and lemon, frothy with eggwhite and spiced with nutmeg. Also try the Garden Paloma, whose tequila and grapefruit practically scream sundown. Make a reservation and aim to visit Raines early in the week.