It takes two bartenders working like a NASCAR pit crew to put together one of the large-format “cocktail explosions” at the new NoMad Bar: One packs ice and garnish into a spigot-equipped glass vessel that wouldn’t look out of place filled with sweet tea on some southern antebellum porch; the other builds the drink using two shakers. Seven minutes later, a supercolossal eight-drink megacocktail emerges—the Madison Park Smash, bar director Leo Robitschek’s own creation, is one of several on offer. Robitschek recommends that you only attempt to tackle a cocktail explosion when in the company of five to seven fellow revelers. But four seasoned lushes chugging along at a steady clip, we’ve discovered, works out just fine.
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On the menu at the NoMad Bar, $110; 10 W. 28th St., nr. Broadway; 347-472-5660
*An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the drink's price as $90
*This article appears in the July 28, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.