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2020-07-23 00:00:00 Avenue Magazine Ginned Up on Gin Lane: Where to Get the Best Cocktails Out East Right Now

Ginned Up on Gin Lane: Where to Get the Best Cocktails Out East Right Now

The Hamptons demand their cocktails, and these creative companies are finding ways to serve them up — shaken, stirred, frosty, and fizzy
Photo by Gregory Buda

Le Chef in Southampton village has turned their front window into a makeshift bar, serving so many patrons on the street that some have likened the scene to Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Meanwhile, Manhattan’s West Village staple Dante, which tops the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, is mixing up handcrafted cocktails — Negronis, martinis, margaritas, and spritzers — that can be delivered to your door for orders of $100 or more.

Highway restaurant in Wainscott also sells its own cocktail kits, including one for its signature Hot on the Highway, made with tequila, spicy agave, and jalapeño, which may be just what the doctor ordered to help you recover from hours stuck in traffic on 27.

Larry Gagosian and Ron Perelman’s beloved Blue Parrot, home of the classic Dirty Bird Margarita, has turned its side alley — shared with Ralph Lauren — into a riff on Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville.” Still more island-inspired infusions of a more nutritious nature can be found at an adorable and inviting marketplace called Green Beet, which is pouring their infamous “tapped” frozen drinks — think spicy margaritas along with fresh fruit purées and smoothies. There’s even a “mocktail” for kids.

For those hoping to boost immunity defenses, several Hamptons bartenders are prescribing potions of their own. Try Fresno’s Quarantini, made with Tito’s vodka, lemon, local honey, and rosemary. Just-opened Union Sushi & Steak in Southampton offers the Healthy Samurai made with honey, Japanese whiskey, and crushed jasmine petals, while Southampton Social Club is serving up the Covid-tini — a blend of ginger, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and chilled Tanqueray gin.

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