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Bartender Matt Clark prepares one of Little Branch's (Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Bartender Matt Clark prepares one of Little Branch's popular cocktail, the African Flower. (Jan. 23, 2011)

Cocktails in NYC

For those who take their spirits seriously, and their martinis stirred (never shaken), a top-notch cocktail bar is like a desert oasis: There's no way to pass it up.

Bartender Matt Clark prepares one of Little Branch's
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Bartender Matt Clark prepares one of Little Branch's popular cocktail, the African Flower. (Jan. 23, 2011)

Open six days a week and a cash
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Open six days a week and a cash only establishment, Little Branch in the West Village draws crowds every night of the week. (Jan. 23, 2011)

At Manhattan's Little Branch lounge a unique and
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At Manhattan's Little Branch lounge a unique and popular cocktail is the African Flower, which is a bourbon based drink accompanied by a decadent orange peel garnish.(Jan. 23, 2011)

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Patrons at Death & Co in the East
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Patrons at Death & Co in the East Village accompany their beers and cocktails with a sampling of sliders and French fries. (Jan. 23, 2011)

Lining the bar at the East Village's Death
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Lining the bar at the East Village's Death & Co lounge and restaurant are what the bartender's call "Cheater Bottles." They are filled with anything from St. Germain to Honey and make it easier and faster for the staff to prepare guests drinks. (Jan. 23, 2011)

A signature drink at Death & Co in
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A signature drink at Death & Co in the East Village is the Vampire Blues cocktail. Its ingredients include bourbon, sherry, pumpkin butter, lemon juice, angostura bitters and grated cinnamon which make for a tasty beverage that will warm you up on a cold winter day. (Jan. 23, 2011)

Bartender Thomas Waugh mixes up a pair of
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Bartender Thomas Waugh mixes up a pair of cocktails for patrons at Death & Co in the East Village in New York City. (Jan. 23, 2011)

Death & Co, located on 6th Street, between
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Death & Co, located on 6th Street, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A in Manhattan's East Village, is a dimly lit lounge offering creative drink options and gourmet food items. (Jan. 23, 2011)

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