Lately, we’ve found a number of tasty cocktails being made at various establishments throughout Astoria (we’ve profiled some before). I mean, who doesn’t love a well mixed drink? Here are 5 cocktails that have caught our collective eye lately here at WHA.
Hell Gate Lemonade at Hell Gate Social. This has been one of my favorite drinks in town for several years. And I think it gets stronger each time I drink it. Vodka and tequila are shaken with lemon wedges, sugar and ice for a refreshing – and strong – summery cocktail. Want the recipe to make it at home? Find it here. Hell Gate Social, 12-21 Astoria Blvd, Astoria
Spicy Cherry Margarita at Sweet Afton. Always gets high marks – both Judith and I love this drink (we love writing about it, too!). It’s tangy, a bit sweet, and nicely spicy, thanks to the use of habanero tequila infused in-house. It’s a great drink to simply sip or have with brunch. Just writing about it makes me want to run out right now for one! Sweet Afton, 30-09 34th St, Astoria
Red Sangria at Waltz-Astoria. With their liquor license in hand, Waltz makes a crazy delicious glass of red sangria. It’s perfectly balanced, fruity and not overly sweet – perfect for summer (or even winter, it’s that good). Waltz-Astoria, 23-14 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
La Pachanga Margarita. Pachanga Patterson, the new Mexican restaurant from the people behind Vesta, are putting out some great cocktails. The one that I enjoyed quite a bit was the Tequila Mockingbird (love that name), but it’s currently off the menu, wah! However, I thought the margarita was delish, and it’s really special because of the addition of hibiscus flavor to the drink. They use both Centenario Hibiscus and P&H Hibiscus – hibiscus tequila and hibiscus syrup, respectively. Hopefully the Tequila Mockingbird will fly back to the menu soon, too. Pachanga Patterson, 33–17 31st Ave, Astoria
New Yorker at The Astor Room. The New Yorker is an amazing cocktail; Mackenzi and I are big fans. Made with lemon juice, simple syrup, claret, and bourbon, it’s a delicious perfumy mix that is intriguing and delicious. I’d go back to the Astor Room just that. Yum. The Astor Room, 34-12 36th St, Astoria