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Here's the inside scoop on the city's hottest cocktails this fall



It’s time to warm up to the spiced, nutty, crisp cocktails that we crave this time of year.

To get an idea of where — and exactly what — to drink during the fall, we turned to those who know the cocktail world best: the guys and gals behind some of the city’s finest bars.

Risto Marttinen
Cocktail cred: Bartender at Bar ‘21’ (21 W. 52nd St., 212-582-7200)
Favorite fall drink: Autumn Sangria at Osteria Cotta (513 Columbus Ave., 212-873-8500)
“They use cognac in this seasonal sangria instead of the traditional brandy, along with fresh apples and peaches.”

Ryan Gannon
Cocktail cred: Bar manager at the Spotted Pig (314 W. 11th St., 212-620-0393)
Favorite fall drink: Absinthe Pina Colada at Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, 347-335-0446)
“Natasha David makes a summer drink perfect for fall by adding a hefty dose of minty absinthe — not too anise-y, just right. Rum drinkers no longer need stop drinking rum after Labor Day.”


Damon Gravina
Cocktail cred: Bartender at Ardesia (510 W. 52nd St., 212-247-9191)
Favorite fall drink: Dark & Stormy at the Rum House (228 W. 47th St., 646-490-6924)
“What sets this drink apart is the fresh ginger muddled in to give a peppery, spicy zing that makes you forget you’re in Times Square. Definitely a fall comfort cocktail.”

Shem Blum
Cocktail cred: Bartender at the Top of the Standard (848 Washington St., 212-645-4646)
Favorite fall drink: Prohibition Manhattan at Bar Boulud (1900 Broadway, 212-595-0303)
“It is a contemporary twist on a classic New York cocktail that will keep you warm as the nights get cooler.”

Ryan Mills-Knapp
Cocktail cred: Mixologist at La Silhouette (362 W. 53rd St., 212-581-2400)
Favorite fall drink: The Phantom at Mulberry Project (149 Mulberry St., 646-448-4536)
“It has a great balance between savory, tart, sweet and aromatic, like fine wine.”

Meaghan Dorman
Cocktail cred: Head bartender at Raines Law Room (48 W. 17th St., no phone)
Favorite fall drink: Fix Me Up at Death + Company (433 E. Sixth St., 212-388-0882)
“I get one every time I’m there. It’s a mix of amontillado sherry, rye whisky, citrus and orgeat (almond syrup). It’s crisp and nutty with a bit of spice.”

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