Fishbowl Cocktails: Classing Up the Kitsch
Celebrate the end of the summer with these new takes on a Tiki classic

When you think of fishbowl cocktails, the things that come to mind might be plastic leis, electric-light torches, and middle-aged Jimmy Buffet fans. However, there is a new wave of these massive, four-straw libations that don't immediately lodge Margaritaville in your head.

Just in time for the end of summer, you can enjoy king-size cocktails that take traditionally syrupy, over-sweetened drink recipes and make them fresh and dynamic. Bleeker Street burger haven, Slide, has just added The Bitter Blossom  to their already stellar cocktail program.

The Blossom is essentially four portions of a bright, summery Tequila-based cocktail, made with grapefruit, fresh lemon juice, just enough simple syrup to sweeten without overloading, and a splash of Grand Marnier. The drink comes in a glass as big as a basketball, garnished with a white flower floating on a lily pad. At $28, it's a great drink to share without breaking the bank.

Another spot for quality fishbowls is Amigo's in Morningside Heights. Amigo is pleasently kitschy without sacrificing quality, which makes it a natural environment for the three-person Rum Punch ($19).                                                                                                    

Yes, that's a tiny plastic piñata, and yes, that is an actual fishbowl. The kitsch factor on the Rum Punch is pretty high. But don't be fooled: this is a sharp, snappy drink. Like the Bitter Blossom, the Rum Punch is sweetened proportionately by pineapple juice. If you're looking to keep drinking on a smaller scale after sharing a Punch, Amigo's also boasts an impressive, affordable tequila list.

Round up your date or your drinking buddies and check out these large-scale libations.