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5 Craft Cocktails You Need To Try At EDC NY

Ah, springtime. The days get longer, the weather gets warmer and people are finally ready to do something other than fall into a 48-hour Netflix blackhole on the weekends.

If your thing is music (or just awesome, jealousy-inducing Instagram pics), then spring also signifies the start of perhaps the most important season of all: festival season. And let's be real, what would a festival season be without Electric Daisy Carnival?

From May 14 to May 15, the world-renowned electronic music festival will be heading back to New York, and this year's edition is sure to stand out from the rest.

While EDC NY will still have fan favorites like out-of-this-world theatrical performers, elaborate stages and thought-provoking installations, its new VIP experiences are sure to take your festival beverage game to the next level. Say goodbye to that cheap light beer and hello to a 1920s prohibition-style speakeasy.

Appropriately named "The Blind Owl," this VIP speakeasy will offer an array of specialty cocktails for purchase atop some of the best viewing decks on the festival grounds (can you say 200 likes on Insta?).

Made completely from scratch by bartenders skilled in the art of mixology, these craft cocktails will make you feel like you're at a five-star restaurant. And not just any five-star restaurant: A five-star restaurant that just happens to have all your favorite DJs performing on the same night. No big deal, totally not cool or anything.

Check out these recipes for the five must-have cocktails at EDC NY, and get ready to dance — and drink — the night away.

1. Agave After Dark

  • 1 ounce of spicy smoky agave syrup
  • 1 ounce of lime juice
  • 1 3/4 ounces of silver tequila

*Shake with ice then pour over ice and add jalapeño slice as garnish

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2. Midtown Mule

  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce of jet fuel (fresh ginger syrup)
  • 1 3/4 ounces of vodka

*Shake briefly with ice then pour over ice and top with 1 ounce of soda

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3. Bee's Nest

  • 1 3/4 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • 1 dash of angostura
  • 1/4 ounce of honey syrup

*Stir over ice and add 1/4 of an orange wheel as garnish

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4. Prosecco Punch

  • 1 1/2 ounces of Ketel One
  • 2 ounces of strawberry lemonade

*Top with cava, prosecco, or champagne and add strawberry as garnish

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5. The Beat Meister

  • 1 1/2 ounces Jagermeister
  • 1 ounce of fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce of simple syrup

*Shake and strain all ingredients over ice, top with grapefruit soda and add 1/2 grapefruit wheel as a garnish

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