After all, the holidays are upon us, with all of their lovely traditions – shopping, drinking, Christmas trees, drinking, asking Santa for things, drinking (yes, now that you’re older, you can ask Santa for hooch). Well, chances are that you’re going to be running around NYC getting ready for the end of the year. After about five minutes of that, we bet you’ll need a drink. And after the New Year, you'll be ready for some intervention for alcoholism, but why don't you worry about that after the holidays! No need to ruin the par-tay.
The Andaz 5th Avenue (485 Fifth Avenue) is one of our favorite places to grab a holiday libation this year, mostly because it's centrally located (meaning we can wait there for people while they see the tree and deal with the crowds). And, what to drink? Their Velvet Spice Martini is a choice option – it gives the slightest hint of holiday without overwhelming with candy canes or cinnamon. The blend of rum, falernum and bitters is pretty easy to make at home. If you need a last minute cocktail for that party, the recipe is below the jump.
If you’re Downtown (lucky you) and want to get in on the holiday boozing, check out Kastel, located in the Trump Soho (246 Spring Street). This year, they’ll get you hopped up on “spirit” with their Pumpkin Punch. It’s a potent concoction, but still contains all those flavors you find so comforting this time of year. Oh, and if you mix it up at home, it will absolutely help you put up with your family and all their loveable “quirks” that make you want to shoot yourself in the face.
Where’s your favorite place to drink during the holidays? Think about it while you browse these other fun holiday blogs. The recipes for the cocktails are below the jump!
A Child Grows: Where to See Santa in New York City and Brooklyn
Eater's Digest: 10 "Warm-You-To-the Bone" Holiday Eats in NYC
Give and Get NYC: Give and Get for the Holidays
the improvised life: Design (or Hack) Your Own Holiday E-Cards
Manhattan User's Guide: The Gift Guide: 21 Over $21
offManhattan: The Anti-Holiday Travel Guide: 5 Quick Getaways from NYC
This is FYF: A Drug-Friendly Guide to Your New York Holidays
Patell and Waterman's History of New York: Christmas with Andy Warhol
Walking Off the Big Apple: A Mortal's Guide to the Angels of New York City
We Heart Astoria: The Best Places To Shop Local - WHA Holiday Gift Guide
Markets of New York: Festive Food at New York's Holiday Markets
Sailor Jerry Rum
Punt e mes
House Orange bitters
Pumpkin Punch at Kastel in Trump Soho
2.5 oz. Aged rum
1 oz. Pineapple juice
¾ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Orange juice
.5 oz. Spiced pumpkin puree
.5 oz. Date molasses
1 dash Bitters
Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Serve in a burgundy glass and garnish with nutmeg.