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Everything’s better with a monkey riddle and a monkey garnish. Irvington Bar & Restaurant at W Hotel at Union Square offers just that: quality cocktails with a bit of whim and joke. Melon See, Melon Do is a cantaloupe and honey dew cocktail that teleports you to the summer streets of Rome eating melone gelato before it melts. Irvington’s version is a spiked version of melon sorbet melted into a coupe. And it works! It’s not too sweet and contains that fresh after-kick on the tongue.
Greenmarket shopping and cocktails anyone? Even better, farm-to-table brunch sourced from Union Square Greenmarket at the restaurant. Treat your mom for Mother’s Day and Cocktail Day as a two in one at Irvington.
- 2 oz. Monkey 47 gin
- .75 oz. lemon juice
- .5 oz. simple syrup
- .75 oz. cantaloupe puree
- .75 oz. honey dew
Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a plastic monkey.