“Bartender, I’ll have the usual.”
It’s safe. It’s easy. But you know what else it is? Boring.
Which means it’s probably high time you shook up your cocktail game via drinks infused with leather and topped with clouds of rosé. And so we hit a corner bar or 10 to seek out the season’s most creative cocktails, made with things that didn’t belong anywhere near a coupe glass until now.


The Ingredient: Greek Yogurt
The Drink: Balm.com
When beverage director Julian Cox was faced with an excess of housemade greek yogurt at Ema, he did not go on a probiotic diet. Instead, he added it to a vodka and cachaça cocktail with blueberries and coconut water. $12, Ema