Where to Grab a Drink Alfresco
by robert haynes-peterson
Springtime is the right time to cocktail alfresco.
Four Seasons offers cocktails for all of them, such as this spring-friendly rhubarb mojito at Press.
When you’re blessed with 300 sunny days a year, you need as many options for outdoor imbibing as you can get. Thankfully, this spring offers a wide array of opportunities to grab a refreshing drink while enjoying weather that most of the country is still dreaming about.
Enjoy ultrafresh seafood, carefully prepared Greek cuisine, and spectacular city views from the glass enclosed terrace at Estiatorio Milos in Cosmopolitan. With a glass of Plomari ouzo in hand, or perhaps a Clean Sweep (Mastiha [mastic] liqueur, St. George absinthe, cucumber, mint, and rose water), you can nicely simulate the experience of relaxing aboard some generous Greek scion’s yacht. Or head to the Four Seasons Hotel for an Italianate afternoon at Verandah, whose terrace seating looks out over the pools. The open-air patio at Press, the newest addition at Four Seasons, is the place to enjoy a rhubarb mojito, with Bacardi rum, rhubarb dry soda, rhubarb bitters, rock candy syrup, rhubarb grenadine, and fresh mint.
There’s no need to sacrifice fresh air for nightlife. The club atmosphere at Encore’s XS Nightclub extends outdoors, with a large backlit pool and views of the dance floor. Take a break from the action by reserving a cabana, or live large with the $5,000 Five Star cocktail, an over-the-top celebration of the club’s fifth anniversary (available only this year), featuring Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year old bourbon, Martini Gran Lusso 150th-anniversary vermouth, Bénédictine D.O.M. Black Monk liqueur, bitters, and flamed orange oils, constructed tableside (or poolside) and delivered on a special gold tray.
photography by Jenna Dosch