As the temperature begin to cool down, it’s that time of year for fall festivals, pumpkin picking and cider cocktails. Whether people enjoy a sweet or savory drink, here are some of the best seasonal drinks in New York. By John Friia
447 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Forget about the sweet drinks, savory lovers can head to Davio’s Manhattan for their new Bacon Bourbon Cider. The seasonal cocktail boasts a luscious blend of whisky, cinnamon simple syrup, apple cider and garnished with a slice of candied bacon. New Yorkers can embrace Davio’s cozy concoction while enjoying some of their signature dishes, including long-bone rib eye and flat iron steak.
New York, NY 10032
Bringing a Cajun twist to American cuisine, Heights Tavern offers a robust selection of craft beers and signature cocktails. With the arrival of autumn, people can order the Honey Harvest made with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider, honey and ginger ale. This seasonal libation compliments their tavern-style mac & cheese, which can include BBQ pulled pork, fried egg and shrimp.
127 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
As people enter Ladybird, they will not only be mesmerized the crystal chandeliers and gold-painted ceiling, but also by their expansive vegan tapas menu and craft cocktails. To usher in the fall season, diners can sip on The Himalayan Quail by Beverage Director Ariel Arce. The drink is made with jalapeno syrup, tangerine juice, lime and dry French cider, which brings the spiciness of autumn into a cocktail.
Virgil’s Real Barbecue
152 West 44th Street
New York, NY
Southern style BBQ can be found in the heart of Times Square at Virgil’s Real Barbecue. After enjoying some of their signature dishes, including the Memphis-style ribs, people can end their meal with their Hard Cider Float. Made with hard apple cider, cinnamon and vanilla ice cream, this sweet drink makes for the perfect autumn dessert.
2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10026
Head to Harlem Tavern this autumn for a mouthwatering cider cocktail. People can enjoy the Harlem Royalty, made with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider, apple-flavored whiskey, lemon juice and angostura bitters. As the weather cools down, it is the ideal cocktail to order while visiting this uptown beer garden featuring live music, craft cocktail and a large beer selection.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.