Molecular mixed drinks making you concerned? Wine lost its cachet? Retro cocktails might be your next spirited adventure.
Big on nostalgia and familiar to your taste buds, these sipping standards stand the test of time - and for good reason. To maximize their appeal, we matched these old-fashioned concoctions with equally evocative establishments. Cheers to the old school!
Hot Toddy: Hot water, whiskey, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon stick
Where: Moby’s; 341 Pantigo Rd, East Hampton; mobysny.com
Why: It gets a bit nippy at this East Hampton hot spot. A Hot Toddy is a great way to get the warm-up started. Be sure to enjoy yours near one of Moby's many outdoor heating lamps.
Martini: Gin, dry vermouth, olives
Where: East Hampton Grill; 99 N Main St, East Hampton; easthamptongrill.com
Why: If the servers who switch out your Martini glass mid-drink to make sure it stays chilled aren't a good enough of a reason to visit East Hampton Grill, the huge olives and superb house gin used in this recipe should be.
Rum Old Fashioned: Rum, water, simple syrup, bitters, sliced orange
Where: Bell & Anchor; 3253 Noyack Rd, Sag Harbor; bellandanchor.com
Why: Made with Diplomatico Reserva, a stripped-down version of this oldie but a goodie sans bells and whistles is as yummy as it gets, and the big-wow of a waterfront view at Bell & Anchor makes it even yummier.
Sidecar: Cognac, triple sec orange, lemon juice, sliced orange
Where: American Hotel; 45 Main St #3012, Sag Harbor; theamericanhotel.com
Why: Though The Ritz in Paris claims the origin of this drink, the American Hotel in Sag Harbor may have perfected it. Delicious and rich, forthy and robust, it’s the ideal antidote to the mounted Moosehead jarringly overseeing the dining room activities.
White Russian: Vodka, Kahlúa, coffee liquor and cream
Where: Bobby Van’s; 2393 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton; bobbyvansbridgehampton.com
Why: What better place to indulge in an adult version of a milkshake than at this grownup steakhouse that takes its cocktailing culture very seriously.
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