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Summer cocktails in NYC: Speciality drinks available by request for amNewYork readers

Attention, tipplers: it's finally time to sit outside and throw back drinks that embody the season of sunshine. Spend your days, and nights, this summer with these creative concoctions that will transport you to the beach -- minus the sand. They're specially made just for amNewYork readers, too, so take advantage and enjoy them now through the end of the month.

Mr. Berry

Using a new technique among mixologists, head bartender
Photo Credit: Le Colonial NYC

Using a new technique among mixologists, head bartender Moses Laboy steams fruits for his cocktails. Fresh for summer, he mixes Maker's 46, lemon juice, steamed black raspberry juice and a touch of sugar for a sweet, fruity, Bourbon-infused sip. $14; Le Colonial NYC, 149 E. 57th St., 212-752-0808, lecolonialnyc.com

Kraken Up

Dreaming of island living? Your great escape is
Photo Credit: Tommy Bahama

Dreaming of island living? Your great escape is a martini glass away with this concoction: Kraken Spiced Rum, Cruzan Manjo Rum, Regan's Orange Bitters and scratch sour with lime. Stop for a citrusy spirit at the Marlin Bar, or in the second floor's dining room, after shopping for swimwear on Fifth Avenue. $14; Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, 551 5th Ave., 212-537-0960, tommybahama.com

Brooklyn Cue

With Brooklyn Gin, St. Germain, fresh cucumber puree,
Photo Credit: Bea

With Brooklyn Gin, St. Germain, fresh cucumber puree, lemon and garnished with a basil crystal and applewood smoked salt rim and a cucumber slice, this cucumber concoction is equally cool as it is refreshing. In lieu of a spa day, opt for the invigorating aperitif to beat the summer heat. $13; Bea, 403 W. 43rd St., 212-602-1910, beanyc.com

Mexican Rose

This bold, bright strawberry cocktail is a process
Photo Credit: The Skylark

This bold, bright strawberry cocktail is a process -- but worth the wait. Mixologist Johnny Swet combines Herradura silver tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and strawberry puree, shakes it with ice then strains the cocktail into a wine glass, swizzles it with crushed ice and finally garnishes it with a cilantro sprig. $18; The Skylark, 200 W. 39th St., 212-257-4577, theskylarknyc.com

Cilantro Pineapple Margarita

For a refreshing take on the classic drink,
Photo Credit: bam.org

For a refreshing take on the classic drink, this margarita combines tequila, Cointreau, lime and pineapple juices and cilantro and is served with a Chile salt rim. $11; BAMcafe, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, 718-636-4100, bam.org

Ariana's T&T cocktail

Start your summer off sour -- in a
Photo Credit: Brittany Blake

Start your summer off sour -- in a good way -- with this mixture of tarragon-infused vodka, fresh tangerine, manzanilla, lime juice and agave nectar. The drink was inspired by a carbonated soda discovered during a trip to Russia, minus the traditional green dye. $15; Ariana, 138 W. Houston St., 646-678-4334, arianasoho.com

Cloudtini

On a rooftop high above the city, find
Photo Credit: Haven Rooftop

On a rooftop high above the city, find this twist on the lychee martini. It's composed of blended lychee, Grey Goose, and a chambord drizzle, served in a martini glass and garnished with a lychee and raspberry. Grab your drink and head to one of the cabanas to feel like you've been transported to the South of France. $14; Haven Rooftop at The Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W. 47th St., 212-466-9000, havenrooftop.com.

Azzuri Negroni

In a double old-fashioned glass, sweet vermouth, Campari,
Photo Credit: Sweetwater Social

In a double old-fashioned glass, sweet vermouth, Campari, and Avua Prata Cachaca are combined then chilled with a large ice cube. Garnished with a flamed orange peel, the cachaca adds an element of savoriness, while fresh-cut sugarcane brings a sweet, floral taste. $14; Sweetwater Social, 643 Broadway, 212-253-7467, drinksweetwater.com

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