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The cocktails alone are reason enough to visit Asiate, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant on the 35th floor of Mandarin Oriental, New York. The cocktail list offers beverages for each and every palate, divided into four different categories: seasonal, signature, modern classics and the like collection. That last group features tipples named after and inspired by social media websites (the Garden of Google features Hendrick’s gin, sparkling sake and fresh cucumber and cilantro, while the Sip Advisor pairs Milagro silver tequila with strawberries, basil, lemon juice and simple syrup). Most of the drinks at this New York restaurant are on the fruity side, though we’re fans of the signature Mandarin Sunset, a Cosmo-like concoction that combines Absolut Mandarin vodka, blood orange purée, lychee juice and Lillet Blanc. The restaurant even offer a non-alcoholic version of the drink, called Emperor’s Punch. For a lighter alternative, try the fruity Bella Pesca — made with champagne, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit and lychee juices, and a splash of Chambord. Either way, you’ll want to start off your meal at Asiate with one of the tasty libations.
Specialty cocktails available at Asiate include:
Bella Pesca — champagne, Elderflower liqueur, grapefruit and lychee juice and a splash of Chambord.
Fresa Fresca: Milagro Silver tequila, fresh strawberries and basil, lemon juice and simple syrup.
Ginger Mojito: 10 Cane rum, fresh mintl Lime wedges and candied ginger. Mandarin Sunset: Absolut Mandarin vodka, blood orange and lychee juice and Lillet Blanc.