The 10 Best Summer Cocktails in NYC, 2014 Edition

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Each New Yorker has his or her own remedy for the stinking, thick blanket of heat that covers the city all summer. Some go for weekend getaways along the New England coastline. Others opt rely on what may as well be an IV drip of cold brew coffee and air-conditioned hermit lifestyles. Still others venture across the city's dining rooms and patios searching for a boozy, frosted-glass remedy to curb the suffering. We raise a glass to that group -- and offer a list of suggestions. These are the 10 best summer cocktails in NYC.

10. Bellini at Employees Only, 510 Hudson Street
This bellini here goes beyond its quotidian brunch expectations, and it's refreshing at any hour of the day -- which means you don't have to wait for the weekend to order it. A smooth, elegant white peach puree gets a dose of carbonation from Prosecco and a dash of sweet peach cordial.

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Bell Book & Candle
9. Let's Go All the Way at Bell Book & Candle, 141 West 10th Street
Happy hour oysters might lure you to this quiet bar and restaurant, which sits a staircase below street level. Blindly ordering a cocktail by the silliest name on the menu, a real hit or miss strategy, turns up a winner: the Let's Go All The Way, a punchy summer cooler. American craft vodka, infused with the unique tang of cilantro, is muddled with the sweet juice of strawberries and followed by the pleasant sting of tart lemon.

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Lucy Nieboer
8. Junebug Sling at The Dutch, 131 Sullivan Street
It may be named for those annoying creatures spotted on Southern porch screens at the beginning of the season, but this pleasing cocktail will chase away any heat-related irritation. There's watermelon grenadine prompting all the nostalgia of lakeside summers, a citrusy punch of lime juice to awaken and refresh, and enough top shelf rum to forget the rest of your worries. It's spiked with a dose of Bénédictine, a pungent, herbaceous French liqueur.

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