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August 4th, 2011

Wall Street Journal Original Article

The Bar at the Four Seasons hotel claims to have launched the now ubiquitous martini renaissance. So the folks there might have felt it’s time to head in another direction.

This summer, $22 gets you the Sunday Morning, a cloudy green tequila-based cocktail with lime juice, maple syrup and—no joke—a side of bacon. Or for the same price try the milky-white Seasonal Sangria, which substitutes a sauvignon blanc for the traditional red.

But the low-lit bar, with loft-like ceilings and a palette of soft browns and burgundy, caters to the international high-roller set, a group not easily impressed with gimmicks at cocktail hour. So the summer drink menu also offers classics from the “Mad Men” era.

Brooklyn’s Finest Tom Collins mixes Brooklyn Gin with a dash of honey in place of the traditional sugar in a tall, green-striped glass. The Old Fashion New York also supports a local producer, Hudson Baby Bourbon. It has a clean, refreshing taste that could start another renaissance. 

The Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel, 57 E. 57th Street, is open 1 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. Monday to Saturday and until 11:45 p.m. on Sunday; 212-758-5700.

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