In the summer, New York City is like a swamp, only with more trash. Thankfully, the city is also filled with some of the best bars in the world, so escaping said swamp is as easy as running to a rooftop or ducking into a cocktail den down the street for a list of cooling drinks. We recently did just that and found one of the most cooling cocktails we’ve ever come across made with two of the most cooling ingredients: watermelon and aloe.
At The Fat Radish, a British restaurant and bar in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, escape awaits in a drink simply called “The Collins.” It’s made with 1.5 ounces of Aylesbury Duck Vodka, 2 ounces of watermelon juice, 0.25 ounces of simple syrup, 0.25 ounces of lemon juice, club soda and, to complete the drink, 0.5 ounces of Chareau, an aloe, cucumber and mint liqueur from California. It tastes like a fresh breeze on an otherwise still and lifeless day, kind of like those addicting WTRMLN WTR cold-pressed juices, but with booze. The watermelon does the heavy lifting flavor-wise, and the Chareau rounds the drink out with some viscosity. A sprig of mint fluffing out of the top of the glass hits you with every sip, adding cooling smells to those sweet cooling flavors.