East Passyunk Avenue’s Noir is gearing up for the start of summer this week with the rollout of a new selection of cocktails inspired by and making use of Philly’s most ubiquitous warm weather frozen treat, water ice. Noir barkeeps have come up with three icy-slushy sippers that are made with water ice sourced from its neighbors at South Philly institution Mancuso’s Cheese Shop, and lemoncello from upstart Pollyodd. The cherry-favored brain-freezer is made with Mancuso’s cherry water ice and house-infused cherry vodka. The lemon and chocolate versions use the ice maker’s lemon and chocolate flavors, and Pollyodd’s lemoncello or chocolatecello. All run six bucks a piece, come garnished with a pretzel, and are available now.
Noir's water ice cocktail Photo: Noir