Some secrets are worth sharing

Bars end up with “secret” cocktails when the news about something utterly delicious but off-menu gets into the hands of just the right crowd. Then comes the tipping point, when everyone knows about it, and then comes the time for a new secret cocktail. Such was the case with the Beckett, a hyper-popular cocktail at the Mandarin Bar (mango nectar, Soho lychee liqueur, lemongrass-infused simple syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice with sparkling wine). With the Beckett now happily installed on the menu, the sexy lounge with the killer view needs a new secret.

The Beckett’s replacement, created by barman Michael LaPenna and selected (thankyouverymuch) by Vegas Seven, combines Basil Hayden’s small batch bourbon with the delectably layered flavors of chocolate, cherry and coffee. It’s “a seductive twist off the classic Manhattan,” says LaPenna, who serves it with chocolate-dipped Amarena cherries. Of course, we can’t tell you everything there is to know about Mandarin Bar’s new secret cocktail—we would never, ahem, “Kiss & Tell” …