We’ve done the Rockefeller Center guide but what about some good old fashioned holiday cocktails! First up the classic Egg Nog at Maialino.
This delicious frothy drink is a little lighter than most versions and gets a nice dose of nutmeg and cinnamon. Truth be told this picture is from me enjoying last years- hopefully they’ll put it back on the menu soon! Looking for something a little lighter on the waistline? Try Northern Spy in the East Village.
This cozy little place specializes in aperitif-driven cocktails- which basically means tasty drinks with a little less alcohol than most cocktails. Usually made from a sherry base or Lillet blanc, Chris Ronis’s creations allow you to enjoy the festive flavors of the year without waking up with that holiday hangover! How about their Salvadoran Fence made from Jalapeño infused Lillet blanc, Punt e Mes, watermelon, basil, lime and Asgoatura bitters.
However a little something stronger may be needed when dealing with all the family and their cute little quirks and Haru has you covered in that department. Yes- Haru the sushi place that makes my beloved Komodo Dagon is also doing holiday drinks this year! Pictured above is their Emperor's Delight made with sake, cranberry juice and triple sec and below is a recipe for their Pumpkin Pie Martini.
Or you could just join the other hundreds of people crowded into Rolf’s tiny bar to stare at their amazing ornament and light decorations while drinking ridiculously overpriced $14 beers…(sigh) yes I’ll be there at some point as well.
The Pumpkin Pie
1.5 oz Absolut Pear Vodka
1.0 oz Fresh Pumpkin Puree
0.3 oz Cointreau
0.2 oz Simple Syrup
0.1 oz Bitters
Combine all contents over ice and shake thoroughly. Pour into a Cosmos glass and serve straight up. Garnish glass with Nutmeg and Cinnamon.