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11 Awesome Negroni-Like Cocktails To Try in NYC

If I have one favorite classic cocktail, it's the Negroni—refreshingly bitter, just sweet enough to round out the edges, with complex botanicals and a bright burst of orange oil to set it off. But once you start considering the Negroni as a template, you'll find variations on the theme just about everywhere.

Here are eleven in New York I've loved of late, with spirits ranging from mezcal to genever to bourbon, with every amaro you can think of, and with coffee, beets, dried figs, and roasted oranges all making appearances.

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The Best Drinks We Drank in January

January wasn't a huge boozing month for the Serious Eats crew; quite a few of us were down with the flu. But there were still some good teas and milkshakes to be had, plus fresh sugarcane and kumquat juice in Saigon (yes, we're jealous of Erin Zimmer's journey.) Check out the slideshow for our Drinks editor's new favorite local cocktail bar, plus other highlights in beer and beyond. More

We Chat With: Dave Arnold of Booker and Dax

For the hour and a half we chat with Dave Arnold at Booker and Dax, the bar adjacent to Momofuku Ssam Bar that showcases Arnold's meticulously crafted cocktails, a centrifuge spins and some sort of extraction machine bubbles away. Tools clink and whirl, and occasionally Arnold puts a refractometer up to his eye. Yet Arnold insists what he's doing is not science; "really, it's just cooking". During our time together, Arnold builds some shockingly delicious cocktails, brainstorms with his staff about new ones, and spells out what this whole "modernist cuisine" thing actually means for us serious eaters. More

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