New York, NY – The holidays are upon us, especially in New York City. The city has EVERYTHING to offer during this time of year; from the tree at Rockefeller Center, to the 5th Ave window displays, to the Rockettes, and the Bryant Park Winter Village. There is no better place to be. However, on top of all of the merriment and holiday cheer, you can’t forget about the festive TIPSY-ness that is abound.
We teamed up with CHOPIN VODKA to check out some of the city’s festive spots and had a Chopin Vodka cocktail while we were at it! But before we get to allllll of the TIPSYness, let us imbibe you with some Chopin history…
TIPSY HISTORY LESSON – Chopin was the FIRST to debut Ultra-Luxury Vodka in 1992 and the first to sell their products in their patented frosted bottle with a clear window – a design that has since redefined the vodka sector. They are also the only brand in the world to produce a range of distinctive vodkas from individual ingredients; potato, rye, & wheat – to showcase just how different vodkas can be. They prefer to keep their vodkas pure (unlike other brands), and let the ingredients speak for themselves.
Okay, back to the TIPSY TOUR…
In order to truly appreciate a great cocktail, we also feel that the locale is just as important; the ambiance, the crowd, the views, the service. It all adds to the experience. With that being said, we took our CHOPIN VODKA TIPSY TOUR on the road to these 4 top spots in NYC:
Ocean Prime NYC
Bar at Clement at The Peninsula Hotel
King Cole Bar at The St. Regis
1st STOP: OCEAN PRIME
We absolutely LOVE Ocean Prime. Our only experience with Ocean Prime was in Beverly Hills and we’ve now added New York to the mix. This upscale chain is known for their classic steak & seafood, long wine list, and sophisticated decor.
We sat at the bar and ordered one of their most notorious cocktails, the ‘Berries & Bubbles‘ – made with Chopin Vodka, Marinated Blackberries, House-Made Sour, Domaine Chandon Brut, and Dry Ice Smoke. What a sight to see and a taste for your tongue!
For our next stop, we walked right around the corner to the hustle and bustle of 5th Avenue. At this time of year, you can either love it or hate it. We LOVE it. The lights, the stores, the people, the decor. The energy of Midtown can definitely get to you.
We stopped into one of New York City’s premiere addresses, The Peninsula New York, for our next Chopin cocktail. Right at the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment, and cultural district, you can’t go wrong.
Within The Peninsula are a few food & beverage options, and we opted for the Bar at Clement.
We sat in the corner and drank and drank and drank and people watched and people watched and people watched. It was quite nice. It felt like we were in a secluded hide-away sitting above the scramble that ensued outside.
We had a CHOPIN Vodka Martini…
After we left the Peninsula, we walked a short block to another one of Manhattan’s premiere hotels; the historic St. Regis New York.For more than a century, The St. Regis New York has stood as an emblem of style and sophistication in the heart of Manhattan.
You can’t go to the St. Regis without a visit to the hotel’s world-renowned King Cole Bar. It remains one of the city’s most elite cocktail lounges.
You also can’t go to King Cole Bar without ordering one of their world-famous Bloody Mary’s. So without a doubt, we ordered the ‘Mary Terranean‘ made with CHOPIN Vodka.
TIPSY FACT: The Bloody Mary has been a part of St. Regis history since 1934 when a bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the “Red Snapper,” which would later be renamed the Bloody Mary. The famed cocktail was created when Serge Obolensky, a well-known man about town whose penchant for vodka was in keeping with his aristocratic Russian background, asked Petiot to make the vodka cocktail he had in Paris. The formula was spiced up with salt, pepper, lemon and Worcestershire Sauce, but since “Bloody Mary” was deemed too vulgar for the hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar, it was rechristened the “Red Snapper.” While the name may not have caught on, the spicy drink most certainly did, and over the years it has become the signature cocktail of the King Cole Bar.
LAST STOP: GRAMERCY TAVERN
Our last stop on our TIPSY TOUR with CHOPIN was Gramercy Tavern.
One of America’s most beloved restaurants, Gramercy Tavern has welcomed guests to enjoy its contemporary American cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service for over two decades. Chef Michael Anthony’s ever-evolving seasonal menu showcases the restaurant’s relationships with local farms and purveyors.
Also, it’s always busy! We were lucky to get a seat at the bar and continue our tipsyness. We grabbed a seat and ordered the ‘Strawberry & Mint‘ with CHOPIN. Very refreshing and just as tasty.
That’s it. After hitting up some of NYC’s premiere locations, we are tipsy-ied out. The Chopin was perfect and worked to a ‘T’ in a variety of cocktails from martinis, bloody mary’s, and various other specialty cocktails – And of course, offered at a majority of the high-end, reputable bars and restaurants in the city. For more Chopin Vodka in NYC, check out a few of these top bars & restaurants; The Polo Bar, Pierre Hotel, Four Seasons Restaurant, Philippe Restaurant, Il Buco, and many more.