Get Thirsty For 9 Of NYC's Best Cocktails

Five o'clock rolls around and Happy Hour is on the brain. Ok fine, so it's more like 1 o'clock, but you deserve a drink! NYC mixologists would cringe at the mundane vodka tonic or Pinot Grigio you usually guzzle, so, lucky for your liver, we've concocted a list of the nine best cocktails at cocktail bars to order up right now that you can be proud to pose with. Gin, bourbon, rum? Whatever your poison of choice, we got it! On our list? Everything from a jalapeno-infused tequila, the mother of all Bloody Marys, a sake martini, and a drink served up by a Brooklyn punch connoisseur that's nothing like the frat-house juice your friends warned about in college. So go ahead and get tempted by the tasty selections to satisfy your creative palette. Shouldn't every hour be a happy hour?
Click through to see some lovely libations at cocktail bars in new york!
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The Red Snapper

The "original" Bloody Mary; $20.
King Cole Bar
The St. Regis New York, 2 East 55th Street (near 5th Avenue); 212-339-6857.
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The Freemans Cocktail

Rye, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses with bitters; $12; Head Bartender Yana Volfson.
Freemans Restaurant
End of Freemans Alley, off Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street); 212-420-0012.
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Lychee Saketini

Soju, lychee and lemon juice and sugar; $12; Mixologist Jorg Rae.
430 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place); 212-505-5111.
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The Old Gunwhale

Bourbon, grapefruit, chamomile tea syrup, spiced cranberry bitters; Glass $5, Bowl (serves 10) $43; Builder/Bartender Adam Collison and Mixologist Frank Cisneros.
The Drink
228 Manhattan Avenue (between Grand and Maujer streets); Brooklyn; 718-782-8463.
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Banks Island Rum, Lillet Blanc, Grapefruit and lemon juice and a touch of Bonne Maman Orange Marmalade; $15; Mixologist David Slape.
113 Saint Marks Place (Near Avenue A); 212-614-0386.
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Raspberry Rogue

Cachaca socked in fresh raspberries with hibiscus essence and fresh lime; $15.
9 Doyers Street (between Pell and Bowery streets); 212-406-0400.
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Boca de Vaquero

Jalapeño tequila, crema mezcal, lime, sugar cane and Modelo Especial beer); $13; Co-Owner/Bartender Phillip Ward.
304 East 6th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues); 212-253-5888.
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Look Both Ways

Tanqueray Gin, fresh lime juice, Green Chartreuse and Cotes du Rhone); $11; Head Bartender Troy Sidle.
The Counting Room
44 Berry Street (between North 11th and North 12th streets); Brooklyn; 718-599-1860.

Photo: Via Sweet Blog O'Mine
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Beijing Peach

Jasmine-infused vodka, peach puree and lime juice; $13; Mixologist Julie Reiner.
Flatiron Lounge
37 West 19th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-727-7741.