Slideshow: First Look: All of the Cocktails at The Ellington, NYC

A Slow Ride on the A Train ($10)
A Slow Ride on the A Train ($10)
Clark says this “slow, lazy kind of drink” has been the restaurant’s most popular to date. Knob Creek Bourbon stars, while the blend of fresh Fuji apple juice, lime juice, and St. Germain add a refreshing brightness and touch of sweetness. “When the weather finally gets nice and we crack the doors open, this is the kind of drink I see people sitting outside and enjoying.”
A Sophisticated Lady ($10)
A Sophisticated Lady ($10)
Housemade cinnamon syrup is the key to this Gimlet riff, says Clark. “It adds a different dimension to the drink—a subtle burn at the finish, a slightly thicker texture,” he explains. It’s used in combination with fresh lime juice and Katz’s Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin.
A Prelude to a Kiss ($10)
A Prelude to a Kiss ($10)
“I like to say if I was kissing a young lady and she’d just had one of these cocktails, well then it would probably be pretty nice,” jokes Clark when explaining how this drink’s name was chosen. The combination of Absolut Citron, Combier cherry liqueur, and Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth packs “quite a kick, but is still quite clean tasting, you really get all three ingredients—it’s a nice after dinner drink,” says Clark.
Lady in Red ($10)
Lady in Red ($10)
This vibrantly colored cocktail, a simple mixture of Stoli Raspberry Vodka, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice is “definitely the sweetest of all of the cocktails on the menu—but not a sugary, cloying kind of sweet.”