It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday entertaining season!
From the moment you change out of your Halloween costume through your New Year’s Day resolution kick-start, social calendars are chock full of joyous reunions, holiday parties, and family gatherings. As you dust off your holiday duds, it always helps to have some cocktails to toast your friends & family (or merely survive them!).
Below are some delicious drink recipes to pair with
each course of your festivities.
Belle Shoals (10 Hope Street, Williamsburg)
This Williamsburg Southern juke joint is offering up their new hot Baby It’s Cold Out Cider for the season. The sweet nostalgia of apple cider balanced with seasonal spices is sure to warm you from the inside out.
Baby It’s Cold Out Cider (Recipe serves 10)
1 Gallon Red Jacket Spiced Cider
12 oz Lemon Juice
4 oz Honey
16 oz Water
1 Cinnamon Stick
4 Star Anise
0.75 oz Half Mellow Corn Whiskey
0.75 oz Half Apple Brandy
Combine all ingredients except alcohol on low heat in a pot, being mindful not to boil.
Keep covered and add a few ounces of water every hour to replace evaporation.
Pour a hearty serving in a mug and add the Mellow Corn Whiskey & Apple Brandy
Garnish with Star Anise
Trademark Taste & Grind (38 West 36th Street)
Just a snowball’s throw from the Thanksgiving Day parade and the holiday shopping of Herald Square, Trademark Taste + Grind is getting in the holiday spirit with the Back Country. This cranberry-infused cocktail is garnished with star anise and is the perfect pairing for holiday roasts.
1.75 oz Tin Cup Whiskey
0.5 oz Cranberry Syrup
0.5 oz Sorel
Add all ingredients to a shaker and dry shake.
Add Ice and shake vigorously.
Double strain into a martini coupe.
Garnish with Star Anise.
Park Avenue Tavern (99 Park Avenue, Midtown East)
This Midtown East spot is nestled in the hustle and bustle of the Grand Central neighborhood and is serving up a Pumpkin Spice Martini that is anything but basic. Showcasing the season’s favorite flavor, this pumpkin delight is certain to get the spirits flowing!
Pumpkin Spice Martini
2 oz Spiced Rum
1 oz RumChata
1.5 oz Homemade Pumpkin Purée*
Shake all ingredients vigorously in a shaker.
Strain into a coupe.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
*2 cups of pumpkin (cooked and mashed)
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract