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

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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.”


Follow Style/Entertainment Editor Julie Gordon on Twitter: @jbgordon

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