10 Must Try Cocktails in WNY

City Guide, Cocktails, Drink, Food & Drink


Written by Kimberly Snickles

Published on April 9, 2014
Bears Like Berries

Photo from The Lodge: Bears Like Berries

Did you know that a woman named Catherine Hustler in Lewiston invented the very first cocktail? Hustler, the owner of the former Hustler’s Tavern, stirred a bit of gin into a drink using the tail feather of a rooster, thus creating a whole new generation of alcoholic beverage. In order to keep this tradition alive, the city hosts the “Lewiston Cocktail Festival,” which educates the public on the history of this delectable refreshment.

Step Out Buffalo would also like to join in on the festivities, so here is a list of ‘Must Try Cocktails in WNY!’


‘Bears Like Berries’ @ The Lodge Bar + Grill

79 Chippewa Street, Buffalo  |

With a bar that includes a uniquely modern outdoor atmosphere, it’s only fitting that The Lodge’s most to die for drink would be entitled ‘Bears Like Berries.’ This colorful cocktail has a refreshing, fruity combination of Hendrick’s Gin and St. Germain liqueur. It’s finished with pure concord grape juice, apple cider, fresh squeezed lime, and fresh blueberries; a perfect fit for any bear, err, I mean human.


Smoke On The Water Badass Marg

Photo from SOTW: Jalapeño Bad Ass Marg

‘Jalapeno Bad Ass Margarita’ @ Smoke on the Water

77 Young Street, Tonawanda  |

Ready for a smokin’ hot cocktail that will knock you off your feet? Come check out Smoke on the Water’s ‘Jalapeno Bad Ass Margarita’ and add a little spice to your life. This zesty cocktail contains tequila that’s infused with muddled pineapple, fresh jalapeño, muddled peppers and cilantro. It’s finished with fresh sour mix, fresh lime juice, a bit of agave nectar, and triple sec.  Not to mention the cajun rim! With this unique combination of flavors, your taste buds will be begging you for more!


‘Peanut Butter Cup’ @ The Chocolate Bar

114 W. Chippewa Street  |

If the name of the restaurant doesn’t make you want to check out what chocolaty goodness The Chocolate Bar has to offer, the infamous ‘Peanut Butter Cup’ martini certainly will. The owners of The Chocolate Bar have mastered the art of creating the perfect dessert martini so greatly that they won’t even tell you how it’s made. Although the drink contains vodka, anyone who has a sip wouldn’t know it. The delicious beverage tastes just like a peanut butter cup and nothing more, which is exactly what the owners that create the drinks, aim for.


‘Osteria Contessa’ @  Osteria 166

166 Franklin Street, Buffalo  |

Newly opened in June 2013, Osteria 166 offers a casual drinking and dining atmosphere right in the heart of Buffalo. Osteria’s creative team also bring to the table a wide variety of drinks with unique names like the ‘Contessa.’ The Contessa consists of Pinot Grigio, St. Germaine liqueur, a splash of soda, and muddled strawberries and blueberries. Yum!


‘The Mojito’ @ Cantina Loco

191 Allen Street, Buffalo  |

Looking for a great place to have drinks and food at a reasonable price? Step no further than Cantina Loco, a local Mexican restaurant that prides itself on providing quality food and drink without breaking your wallet. And for all of you mojito lovers out there, Cantina Loco has skillfully perfected the fun and refreshing drink. While the mojito contains regular ingredients such as white rum, crushed mint, lime, simple syrup, soda water, and ice, bartenders say the secret is all in the ‘muddling action.


‘Mint Raspberry Fusion’ @ Salvatore’s Italian Gardens

6461 Transit Road, Depew  |

Take a seat at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens’ bar and you will feel like you’re a part of the lifestyles of the rich and famous crew. The sophisticated environment that Salvatore’s brings is like no other and the drinks are as classy as they come. Newest on the must have list is the Mint Raspberry Fusion cocktail, which consists of Mint Tea infused vodka, muddled raspberries, simple syrup, lemon juice, and St. Germain liqueur. Shaken and strained in an up glass and garnished with a fresh cut lemon rind, this new drink is sure to please.


‘Prickly Pear’ @ Russell’s Steak, Chops and More

6675 Transit Road, Williamsville  |

Known best for the relaxing and classy ambiance that Russell’s Steak, Chops and More creates, it’s no surprise that their cocktails would have the same high standards. Served on the rocks with crushed pear and limes, then drizzled with a little honey and bourbon and a splash of ginger ale with a side of cinnamon pear crisp, the ‘Prickly Pear’ is sure to meet any cocktail lover’s taste buds.


Earhart’ @ Vera Pizzeria

220 Lexington Avenue, Buffalo  |

If you’re looking for a genuinely homemade cocktail, there’s no better place to stop than Vera Pizzeria. All you have to do is call beforehand and tell Vera’s knowledgeable staff what kind of beverage you’re in the mood for and four to five drinks will be named off the top of their head. For all of you vodka lovers out there, Earhart is a must try cocktail. It’s served with vodka, St. Germain liqueur and finished with fresh lemon, blackberry, and strawberry puree.


Greyhound & Earhart


‘Greyhound’ @ Butterwood Sweet & Savory

391 Washington Street, Suite 700, Buffalo  |


Located in the historic Lafayette, Butterwood Sweet & Savory gives you a feel of Manhattan right in downtown Buffalo. So, if you’re feeling fancy, come on down and try the restaurant’s most popular cocktail, the Greyhound. This sophisticated drink contains vodka, French grape liqueur, and fresh lime. It’s filled with Moscato d’Asti and garnished with a grapefruit peel. Delish!

‘Old Fashioned Buffalo’ @ 800 Maple

800 Maple Road, Williamsville  |

Many of us could use a fun environment to mingle after a long day of work and 800 Maple allows you to do just that. Walking into Maple’s bar on a Friday or Saturday night is like walking into an upscale party. Patrons welcome you to join in on the fun as conversation is easily started with the ordering of a drink. Top of the favorite list is the ‘Old Fashioned Buffalo,’ which is a handcrafted cocktail that features Buffalo Trace bourbon and Campari liqueur aged in an oak barrel and shaken with fresh muddled orange and a splash of simple syrup. It doesn’t get any better than this folks!


For updates on the best things to eat, drink & do in WNY, sign up for our newsletter!

You might be into…

[justified_image_grid preset=4 row_height=130 height_deviation=1 prettyphoto_social=yes prettyphoto_analytics=yes caption=fixed mobile_caption=same timthumb_crop_zone=t limit=3 hidden_limit=6 max_rows=2 aspect_ratio=16:9 disable_cropping=no recent_posts=yes recents_description=nicetime recents_include=restaurant-reviews post_ids_exclude=current]

We launched a new look!

Our new design features a better browsing experience, modern mobile navigation, more visual displays of key info, better filtering options on the search page, and much more.

We hope you love our new look! That said, we’re #ForeverTweaking and would greatly appreciate your feedback so we can make *all* you want and need as your go-to resource for the best of Western New York!

Send feedback >

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Kimberly Snickles</a>

Written by Kimberly Snickles

Find More ➭


Forgotten Password?

You must be logged in to use this feature.