Among the many things I love about NYC is their experimental and adventurous cocktail culture. Move over vodka soda (or rum and coke?! hello, college), these cocktails are for the discerning imbiber. 
1&2. Hudson Clearwater (West Village) is not only one of my favorite restaurants in the city for the food, but for the cocktails too! The Mr. always orders the spicy Calacas and for me, the HC Pimms.
3. Duck's Eatery. (East Village) There's nothing like a refreshing and stiff Watermelon Gimlet on a steamy summer night. 
4. Quite possibly my favorite cocktail of all at super cool cocktail spot, Sel Rose, (Lower East Side) the lavender piscine champagne: lavender ice, herbs de provence syrup, grapefruit bitters. Bottoms. UP.
5. The Cannibal (Murray Hill) offers 400+ beers from around the world, but my favorite is the one rose on the menu and the quaint garden strung with lights and peppered with communal picnic tables. 
6. Oh Ten Degrees! (East Village) What can I say? I've been frequenting this watering hole since my grad school days at Parsons. By far my most favorite happy hour in all of the city-- no crappy well drinks here -- but 2 for 1 quality tipples from 12-8 every day. Think French 75's, Mojitos, Moscow Mules, and champagne cocktails galore!
If you're thirsty, I truly hope my spirited adventures and my high proof notes above lead you in the right direction. Cheers!