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Just like the constantly changing menu, the cocktail list at Eleven Madison Park features a rotating cast of beverages — from aperitifs to mixed drinks with light and dark spirits. The cocktail menu — which you can enjoy at your table or at the handsome and spacious bar — is unique in that some of the recipes featured come from old bartenders’ guides and recipe books dating back to the late 1800s. For a pre-dinner cocktail, try the Velvet Cobbler aperitif. The specialty drink hails from an 1862 guide, made with Amontillado sherry, Mosel riesling and lemon verbena.
The light-spirited cocktails highlight the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant’s eclectic selection of foreign liquors. Try the Matcha Flip made with cachaça (Brazil’s signature liquor), Matcha green tea and a whole egg or the San Torino made with Haitian rum, Barolo Chinato (an Italian digestif), Strega (an Italian liqueur) and lemon.
If you prefer something a bit darker, we love the English Milk Punch, made from an 1887 recipe that consists of Jamaican rum, Scotch, Batavia Arrack, Darjeeling tea, pineapple and spices. Or opt for the Dark Horse, made with cognac, Guatemalan rum, Averna — a type of amaro made in Sicily — Grand Marnier and cold-brewed coffee.