December is officially upon us and that means it’s time to celebrate! Cheers to the end of 2016 with one of these festival holiday cocktails. By Carly Petrone.
447 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Jennifer Schubert, Beverage Manager at Davio’s Manhattan, is whipping up a variety of festive cocktails this holiday season. Gin lovers can order the “Boughs of Holly,” made with Tanqueray Gin, pear puree, cranberry juice, and lemon juice (garnished with a few cranberries and a sprig of thyme), while tequila drinkers can sip on a “White Christmas” – tequila, coconut simple syrup, white chocolate liqueur, and lime juice, served in a martini glass. The “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is sure to please vodka lovers. This enticing cocktail is made simply with Tito’s vodka, lime juice, cranberry orange jam, and rosemary syrup. The kicker? It’s topped with Prosecco as well as a garnish of rosemary sprig. Finally, their winter sangria is great for a group because it’s filled with delicious ingredients like cinnamon clementine-infused vodka, cranberry juice, simple syrup, and topped with red wine. Now all you have to do is stop by to try out your favorite.
117 Perry St.
New York, NY 10014
There’s nothing quite like a glass of eggnog during the holidays. Stop into Left Bank for their beautifully crafted Egg Nog cocktail. This delicious drink is made with all the big hitters: heavy cream, El Dorado 5-year cask aged rum, vanilla liqueur, St. Elizabeth Allspice dram, one raw whole egg, maple syrup, and a few dashes of Hella Bitters orange bitters. For a little more spice, a bit of fresh nutmeg and cinnamon are sprinkled on top. You’ll definitely want to grab a friend and cheers to the most festive time of year.
235 W. 12th St.
New York, NY 10014
Wallflower is stepping it up a notch this season with their chocolate and coffee-inspired holiday cocktail. Try the “Café Mendoza,” which is served in a wine glass for easy sipping. This decadent drink is made with one whole egg, Demerara, cream, branca menta, Bittermens New Orleans coffee liqueur, and Cardinal Mendoza. A little cocoa powder for garnish doesn’t hurt either. This sure beats your typical glass of mulled wine!
Atlantic Grill Lincoln Center
49 W. 64th St.
New York, NY 10023
This December, try something a little different at the Atlantic Grill Lincoln Center. Beverage Director Richard Breitkreutz has come up with a citrus-inspired cocktail that will have you dreaming of warmer days. The “Blood Orange Rickey” is made up of Langley’s No. 8 gin, blood orange juice, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and seltzer. You can even nibble on the sliced orange garnish for an extra bit of vitamin C.
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Does it get any better than enjoying a crafted cocktail from the comfort of your couch? Cocktail Courier makes it easy to create your own festive cocktail this holiday season. This premiere online cocktail delivery service brings a unique cocktail experience straight to your door with on-demand cocktail kits. Test out “The Code” kit, available until January 1st, and start playing around with enticing ingredients like D’usse VSPO Cognac, Disaronno, Angostura aromatic bitters, lemons, and pineapple juice. Mixologists have curated and handpicked each of these items to ensure that your drinking experience is top notch. The best part? Each kits serves 8 people and costs $7.99/drink, making it cheaper than heading out to a bar. See “The Code” recipe and learn more about Cocktail Courier here.
339 E. 75th St.
Grab an eggnog alternative over at Seamstress. Pam Wiznitzer has whipped up the Puddin’ on the Ritz, a decadent drink filled with Sugar Island Spiced Rum, milk, vanilla pudding mix, Crown maple syrup, and Angostura Bitters. This tasty creation is shaken and then strained over fresh ice. A simple garnish of grated cinnamon, nutmeg, and a single star anise will certainly get you in the holiday spirit.
185 Bleecker St.
60 W. 22nd St.
New York, NY
Looking for a dairy-free egg nog option this holiday season? Stop into by CHLOE for an almond milk-based libation. Order the No-Egg-Nog (available the month of December only) and enjoy a festive cocktail that’s filled with rum and spice and everything nice. It’s made with almond milk, ground turmeric, sea salt, pumpkin pie spice, rum, and ground cinnamon. At $10 a glass, it’s definitely worth trying!
511 Amsterdam St.
New York, NY 10024
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e’s BAR is serving up Cranberry Sangria during the month of December. This delicious drink is made with white wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, whole cranberries, seltzer, topped with apple slices. You can also feel good about your order because 20% of the proceeds from the sangria will go to Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). Drinking for a good cause? You’ve got our vote.
162 Ave. A
Who says Negroni drinking season is over? Chris McPherson over at Flinders Lane has created the “Sherry Negroni” and we couldn’t be more excited. This concoction of gin, Campari, vermouth, and Fino sherry is the perfect happy hour cocktail. We also love sherry because it’s has a low ABV, which means you can drink more of it without the horrible morning hangover.
Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge
71 W. 35th St., 18th Fl.
Make sure to mark your calendar for December 17th because Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge is having their Annual Gingerbread House and Cookie Decorating Contest from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Here, you can try a variety of delightful holiday-inspired cocktails like the “Christmas Sparkle,” Eggnog Latte, and “Jingle Juice.” Proceeds from cocktail sales will be donated to Toys for Tots, plus the entire venue will be transformed into a winter wonderland with carolers, a 20 foot Christmas tree, and spectacular views of the Empire State Building all lit up in its holiday best. Get your free ticket here.