Proof that we’re living in a golden age of third wave frozen cocktails sits in the middle of New York City’s Kips Bay Neighborhood. The area, which is more known for the Midtown Uniform than for quality cocktail bars, is where you’ll find Stay Gold, a new bar by the team behind Greenwich Village stalwart The Up & Up. A whirring slushie machine in the corner of the bar slowly churns, promising sweet relief from the heat waves that bake trash into the city’s sidewalk. Out of that machine comes frosty glasses of Stay Cold.
Stay Cold is made with Jim Beam Black Bourbon, ginger, lemon and IPA. It’s served in an Irish Coffee mug with two straws—both made of literal, natural straw, not paper or plastic—and the drink is a golden hue that screams, “Stay gold, Ponyboy.” Whiffs of freshly candied ginger come off the top of the glass, and the taste is more of the same in the best way possible. Imagine a Whiskey Ginger, but instead of deep and dominating whiskey notes, bright lemon and ginger spice take the lead while Jim hangs out and serves as the drink’s backbone.