You’ll want a second round of these excellent drinks—and you’ll be able to afford it.
Applejack Sazerac at Prime Meats
Bartender Damon Boelte swaps out rye for Laird’s apple brandy, and maple syrup replaces a sugar cube, creating a more delicate version of one of America’s oldest cocktails. 465 Court St at Luquer St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-254-0327, frankspm.com). $9.
Old Hickory at Maison Premiere
We love this heady blend of floral Dolin Blanc vermouth, Carpano Antica, and Peychaud’s and orange bitters. According to bartender Maxwell Britten, Andrew Jackson threw a few of these back during the Battle of New Orleans. 298 Bedford Ave between Grand and South 1st Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-335-0446, maisonpremiere.com). $8.
Greenbriar at Huckleberry Bar
Huckleberry co-owner Stephanie Schneider is such a lover of sherry that she has a tattoo of the certification logo on her arm. For this lesser-known libation, she highlights the sweet undertones of oloroso sherry with a hint of peach bitters, and replaces the traditional dry vermouth with Lillet. 588 Grand St at Lorimer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-8555, huckleberrybar.com). $10.
The Crusade Punch at the Drink
The Crusade combines the sweetness of Old Monk Indian rum with a mix of orange peel, clove, peppercorn, allspice, peppermint and lemon juice. 228 Manhattan Ave between Grand and Maujer Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-8463, thedrinkbrooklyn.com). Cup $5, bowl $43.
The Knicker Twist at Rye
Barkeep Sother Teague spotlights succulent apricots twice in this sweet-tart creation: once in jam form, mixed with fresh lime juice, vodka and triple sec, and then again as a garnish. 247 South 1st St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-8047, ryerestaurant.com). $10.
Mary Pickford at the Astor Room
Cocktail consultants Jim Kearns and Lynnette Marrero have reintroduced today’s tipplers to this old-world concoction named for a silent-film star. Their recipe calls for fresh-squeezed rather than canned pineapple juice, Flor de Caña Silver rum, maraschino liqueur and house-made grenadine, which gives the easy-sipping beverage its rosy glow. 34-12 36th St at 35th Ave, Astoria, Queens (718-255-1947, astorroom.com). $9.
Fourth Mission at Dram
Jeremy Oertel and Mayur Subbarao plucked some complex ingredients for this earthy quaff, a balancing act of smoky mescal and herbaceous yellow Chartreuse, with orange flower water and Acacia honey. 177 South 4th St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-3726, drambar.com). $10.
Bermuda Triangle at Lani Kai
Court brain freeze with Julie Reiner’s frozen chiller. It bursts with tropical flavors like coconut, citrusy calamansi and lychee. Beneath all that produce, cachaça (a Brazilian spirit made of sugarcane) packs a slightly sweet, boozy punch. 525 Broome St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (646-596-8778, lanikainy.com). During happy hour $5 (Mon–Fri 4–7pm), normally $13.
Margarita at the Summit Bar
Bright agave syrup and Corralejo Blanco tequila form the backbone of Greg Seider’s house margarita. In place of the usual orange liqueur, he uses house-made orange bitters, plus lime juice and agave syrup, which boosts the tequila’s vegetal notes and livens up the citrus. 133 Ave C between 8th and 9th Sts (thesummitbar.net). $10.
Criterium at Fort Defiance
Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro liqueur brings a burst of rhubarb to this summery take on a highball. Zucca, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, a soda topper and a grapefruit twist round out the bitter refresher, named for the Red Hook bicycle race. 365 Van Brunt St at Dikeman St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (347-453-6672, fortdefiancebrooklyn.com). $8.