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NYC’s 9 Best Holiday Cocktails

November 21, 2012 1:30 PM

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Warm up this season with cocktails featuring wintry flavors. From boozy pumpkin milkshakes to spiked ciders, these New York City restaurants and bars are offering the best cocktails to get you into the holiday spirit. By Sarah Shaker.

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 NYC’s 9 Best Holiday Cocktails

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Cold Pumpkin Pie Cocktail, Abe & Arthur's

409 W. 14th St.
New York, NY
646.289.3930

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This trendy restaurant in Meatpacking is bringing you an indulgent holiday season cocktail to sip alongside their signature Tuna Tartare Tacos. Head to Abe & Arthur’s for The Cold Pumpkin Pie Cocktail, combining Vanilla Vodka, Pumpkin Spiced Syrup, lemon juice, Baileys Irish Cream and Frangelico for a boozy winter treat.

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Harvest Punch, Carmine’s

2450 Broadway
200 West 44th Street
New York, NY
212-362-2200

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This fall, Carmine’s boasts a serious cocktail program thanks to Beverage Director Erin Ward. They’re giving imbibers in the city something to truly be thanksful: Harvest Punch, blended with Absolut Orient Apple, fresh cranberries, lemon juice, Canton Ginger Liqueur and simple syrup.

 NYC’s 9 Best Holiday Cocktails

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Spiked Apple Cider, Koi

40 West 40th Street
New York, NY
(212) 921-3330

We already reported on our favorite apple ciders in New York City, so we thought we’d share a boozy version of our autumn favorite. Koi in Bryant Park is brewing a Spiked Apple Cider this season. Makers Mark and spiced apple cider (cold-pressed cider spiced with cinnamon and clove) is shaken with ice and strained into a martini glass for cider with a serious kick.

 NYC’s 9 Best Holiday Cocktails

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Calabaza-Tini, Havana Central

Multiple locations
New York, NY
212-398-7440

Havana Central is getting into holiday mode with their Pumpkin Pie Empanada (featured as one of our Best Thanksgiving Treats) and they also won’t disappoint with their Calabaza-Tina. The drink mixes Bols pumpkin smash liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, high proof rum, gold rum poured on an ice cream base with a pinch of cinnamon sugar.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte, Bookmarks Lounge

299 Madison Ave
The Library Hotel
New York, NY
(212) 867-5535

Starbucks’ version of the pumpkin spice latte is all well and good, but this one will get the party started. Get cozy at Bookmarks, the rooftop lounge in The Library Hotel. Their take on the autumnal cocktail features unrefrigerated Baileys, spiced rum and pumpkin spice sugar mix with a hot latte, garnished with whipped cream and pumpkin spice sugar mix.

hot apple pie NYC’s 9 Best Holiday Cocktails

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Hot Apple Pie, Madison & Vine

299 Madison Ave
The Library Hotel
New York, NY
(212) 867-5535

Sip your apple pie this holiday at Madison & Vine, The Library Hotel’s bistro. Tuaca, a vanilla citrus liquor, is poured into an Irish Coffee Mug with Warm Apple Cider and garnished with frothed foam with nutmeg and cinnamon.

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Pumpkin Pie Shake, A.G. Kitchen

269 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY
212-873-9400

Alex Garcia’s bustling Upper West Side restaurant has a spiked Pumpkin Pie Shake that blends vanilla ice cream, pie crust, pumpkin pie filling, milk and schnapps. This cocktail is an indulgent boozy dessert to send you into your food-induced slumber.

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Harvest Sangria, Neely’s Barbecue Parlor

1125 First Avenue
New York, NY
212-832-1551

Sangria is no longer a summer-only cocktail. Neely’s Barbecue Parlor is offering a Harvest Sangria this Thanksgiving season, mixed with Korbel Brandy, apricot brandy, apple Schnapps, apple cider, cabernet, triple sec, oranges, pears, red and green apples and lime juice.

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Pumpkin Pie Martini, Alobar

46-42 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY
718-752-6000

Shake up your traditional pumpkin pie into a martini. Alobar’s Beverage Director Chess Lankford is offering a Pumpkin Pie Marini with brandy, Annisette, Frangelico, pumpkin puree and spiced syrup, topped with frothed cream and sprinkled with nutmeg.

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Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.
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