By Laura Garrison | December 15, 2016 | Food & Drink
Get into the holiday spirit with something more than the usual eggnog and mulled wine. We’ve found 10 of the best boozy and festive cocktails to try at hot spots around New York City.
After achieving status as the best bar in the world for 2016, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll enjoy just about any drink at The Dead Rabbit. But for those cold, especially wintry days, we suggest the Jailbird, a hot and hearty cocktail with bourbon whiskey, calvados, Madeira, macadamia, almond, bitters, and a cream float. 30 Water St., 646-422-7906
Hot chocolates aren’t just for the kiddies—cheers the holidays by sipping a spiked version at Vu 46, a year-round rooftop bar in Times Square. Enjoy the concoction of peppermint schnapps, vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, and hot chocolate as you look out on some of NYC’s best seasonal sights. 59 W 46 St., 212-382-3045
The Chai-tini at Midtown’s The Bar Room is a perfectly decadent winter martini, made with chai-infused Grey Goose, Baileys Irish crème, fresh ginger, and cinnamon. If you really want to treat yourself, pair your martini with the chocolate molten lava cake, topped with a salted caramel crumble. 117 E 60 St., 212-561-5523
This Upper West Side bar inspired by turn-of-the-century gentlemen’s clubs is just the spot for those seeking a cozy atmosphere and a good drink. Stop by and grab the Bonfire of Calamites, made with kaffir lime-infused vodka, lemon, agave, and bonfire spritz. Just make sure you abide by the house rules. The most important one? "Drink with an open mind. Try something new. Be adventurous." 226 W. 79 St., 646-823-9252
You can’t go through the holiday season without enjoying eggnog. The Clover Club’s iteration has bourbon, amontillado sherry, amaro, crème de cacao, cream, egg, and bitters. 210 Smith St., 718-855-7939
Enjoy a cozy atmosphere as you tuck into a libation at The Third Man in the East Village. The wood and brick interior lit by candles is perfect for chilly nights leading up to the holidays. Be sure to try the Iced Red Bean, made with bourbon, red bean, coconut, sesame, winter spices, and mole bitters. 116 Ave. C, 212-598-1040
The Broad Reach at Hotel Delmano isn’t quite chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but it’s close enough. The cocktail is crafted with rhum, vermouth, Cappelleti aperitvio, and black walnut bitters. 82 Berry St., 718-387-1945
Nothing really complements cold winter days like a hot toddy. The Olmsted’s take is simple yet classic: rye, spiced porter syrup, and lemon. Bonus—if you eat a meal at The Olmsted, 25 cents will be donated to GrowNYC. 659 Vanderbilt Ave., 718-552-2610
Contemporary cocktail bar Pouring Ribbons strikes a perfect balance between refreshing and comforting in its Just Like Heaven libation. The drink mixes Johnnie Walker Red, Old-Grandad bourbon, lemon, apple cider, maple, Bigallet Thyme, ginger, and soda. According to the website, which ranks the cocktails by taste and traits, this is the most comforting drink on the menu. 225 Ave. B, 917-656-6788
It’s a marshmallow world at the Mace cocktail bar—well, marshmallow bourbon, that is. The ginger cocktail is made with marshmallow milk-washed bourbon, carrot acid, ginger-maple, and cider. 649 E 9 St.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Brent Herrig