Monarch Room's Thin Red Line
The Ingredients: Old Forester Bourbon, Banks 7 Island Rum, Benedictine, yuzu, cardamom-infused maple syrup, monarch orange bitters, red wine float.
Reasons to Sip: When we first read the list of ingredients for this whopper at this new Chelsea hot spot, we had one reaction: whaaaaaaa? The bartenders in this swank restaurant came up with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink recipe, and the sink probably would have went in too if it fit into that lowball glass. The beverage is complex, but don't be scared: it's a drinker's drink, boozy with bold flavors. The red wine that tops the cocktail lessens the edges of the citrus and bourbon, and the whole thing blends together into a memorable mix that feels somewhere between tiki and old-school classic - let's call it a cocktail adventure.
408 W. 15th St.; 646-790-7070