Nuela, a South American restaurant and ceviche bar from executive chef Adam Schop, opened in New York City this July with a focus on the cuisine and traditions found in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. In addition to classic cocktails like the Mojito, Caipirinha, Pisco Sour and Cuba Libre, the cocktail list, created by mixologist Aleksy Cisowski, features original libations the Devil Sweat (chile-infused pisco, CioCiaro, citrus and beer), Summer Wind (Farmer’s Gin, cilantro, verjus and ginger beer) and Perucho (vodka, Creole Shrubb, chichi, lime).
Manhattan’s Aspen Social Club, a modern take on a chic ski lodge, is benefiting from the heat wave as New Yorkers’ are in search for a cool place to escape the heat. Their refreshing summer drinks include a Watermelon Mint Mojito (pictured), the John Daly (Jeremiah Sweet Tea Vodka and house-made lemonade) and a Coconut Mojito (Starr African Rum, cream of coconut, mint, lime).
In Washington, D.C., the contemporary Spanish restaurant Estadio, with a focus on northern Spain, recently opened. On the cocktail front, bar manager Adam Bernbach has compiled a drink menu including adult alcohol slushies (“slushitos”), and Bernbach’s take on Sangria.
Vessel in Seattle marked Bastille Day with an array of French and French-inspired drinks on special: the Vieux Carre, the Bijou, Brandy Crusta, French 75 and Cocktail a la Louisiane.