Holiday Drinks That Will Put You In the Spirit

photo via Sixty Five Bar & Cocktail Lounge

Baby, it’s cold outside, and it’s about to get a hell of a lot colder. With temps starting to make a stealth approach to lower, freezing digits, our layers begin to multiply as well as our need for more inventive and immediate comforts. Sure hot cocoas and ciders make for a nice, sober treat on any given winter morning, day, or night, but sometimes those overplayed classics don’t give you the kick that you need, the warmth that you so eagerly seek.

With the changing seasons comes the transformation in our foods and drinks. Fruit driven salads and light, fresh eats are replaced with rustic veggies like brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, piping hot soups and belly warming comforts like pot pie and gamey meats like duck. Our drinks too have suddenly become as cozy as our blanket sized scarfs. Bourbon drinks take place of cucumber concoctions, and if they’re served hot, all the better. They’re what you’re going to want to sip on all through the holiday cheer. They’re that little taste of liquid joy we all seek and now, no need to search any further. Rather than stumble around with a numb nose craving the perfect spiked hot drink, we’ve brought you the best New York City spots to defrost with a wintery cocktail that’ll make you forget all about the bitter chill outside. We even went the extra mile to bring you the steps to recreate the drink yourself so when those snow storms hit, you won’t even have to leave your apartment to enjoy them over and over again. Now that’s a Christmas miracle if I’ve ever heard one.

dolce vita

the dolce vita cocktail wallflower nyc

photo by Thomas Schauer

Wallflower brings us this sexy step sister to the hot toddy and cider. A warm concoction that’s equal parts boozy as it is flavorful, it’s the perfect drink to cozy up with while the snow falls.

What you’ll need: 

1 oz Pierre Ferrand Cognac 1840

1 oz Dolcetto D’Alba (red wine)

½ oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao

½ oz Pedro Ximenes Sweet Sherry

½ oz Cinamon Syrup

½ oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Orange Juice

1 clove

What to do:

Dry shake, then heat with the electric kettle

Garnish with shaved nutmeg and a cinnamon stick

Served hot in an Irish coffee glass

Location: 235 W 12th St, New York, NY

Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-12:30am, Thursday-Saturday 5pm-1am

5 o clock shado

Five o'clock shadow drink the dutch nyc

photo via The Dutch

We’ve all had an Irish coffee, but The Dutch is serving up something all us creamy, foamy coffee lovers dream of. Ditch your skinny vanilla latte and whip up this elevated cappuccino that’ll have you hyped for the holidays, and not just because of the caffeine.

What you’ll need:

1 oz Amaretto

1/2 oz Old Overholt

1/2 oz vanilla syrup

What to do:

Simply steam into a cappuccino

Location: 131 Sullivan St, New York, NY

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm, Friday 11:30am-11:30pm, Saturday 10am-11:30pm, Sunday 10am-11pm

headless horseman

headless horseman four seasons hotel

photo via Four Seasons Hotel New York

Pumpkin spice lovers rejoice. The ritzy Four Seasons brings us the most seasonal of cocktails that exudes snowy white wood cabins and roaring bonfires.

What you’ll need:

6 oz Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale

2 oz scoop of ginger gelato

.5 oz of Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey (this bourbon was a special blend selected specifically for TY Bar by Chef John Johnson from numerous barrels at the Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery)

2oz mandarin orange puree

1 drizzle Crown Maple Syrup

What to do:

Scoop 2oz of ginger Gelato into the glass.

Top gelato with Hudson baby bourbon, and a drizzle of Crown Maple Syrup.

Add in 2 oz of mandarin orange puree.

Top off with 6 oz of Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale.

Garnish with an Orange slice and zest of lime.

Location: 57 E 57th St, New York, NY

Hours: Monday-Saturday 12pm-1am,  Sunday 12pm-12am

epice & pomme

photo via Lafayette

photo via Lafayette

It’s fair to say the colder it gets the darker our liquor does. Bourbon is the perfect seasonal liquor that induces a rush of warmth through our shivering bodies and this cocktail from a TTS fave Lafayette brings an extra seasonal appeal with Allspice Dram and cinnamon.

What you’ll need: 

1.5oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon

.5oz Groult 8 Year Calvados

.5oz Aperol

.25oz Allspice Dram

What to do:

Stir all ingredients together

 Strain over a large 2×2 ice cube

Garnish with a cinnamon stick

Location: 380 Lafayette St, New York, NY

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-11pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-11pm

town car

photo via Sixty Five

photo via Sixty Five

We love cinnamon in our apple pie but it’s even better when you can have both in this twist on the classic Side Car. Thanks to Sixty Five Bar & Cocktail Lounge you can. Throw down these sweet apple treats with a gorgeous view or serve them during your tree lighting party. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

What you’ll need:

2 oz  Calvados du Pays d’Auge

1 oz  Lemon Juice

¾ oz  Cinnamon syrup

What to do:

Build in mixing glass

Shake and strain into a coupe glass.

Rim the coupe with cinnamon brown sugar

Garnish with a red apple slice.

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

Hours: Monday-Friday 5pm-12am


Feature photo via Sixty Five

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