Winter doesn’t officially start until
December 21, but the temperatures outside suggest otherwise. What’s the
point in fighting the inevitable? We thought we’d embrace the season with
this holiday’s best cocktails.
By RG Writer – Agatha Khishchenko
196 Smith Street
There are a lot of destination
restaurants, but this is what I like to call a destination bar. If you
live in Carroll Gardens, consider yourself lucky. If you don’t, you’re
really missing out. The bar is a glowing shrine to whiskies from all over
the world with a 400-bottle selection. This is the perfect season for the
Noreaster, a whiskey-based cocktail featuring Old Crow, ginger beer, lime and
Canadian maple syrup. The Bourbon Insider is set to debut just in
time for the holidays. This warm, fragrant cocktail is made with Old
Taylor six-year bourbon, mulling spices, lemon, ginger, and apple cider.
The final touch is a pear chip and cloves.
381 7th Avenue (Brooklyn)
This Park Slope newcomer has been
quickly embraced by the neighborhood. It’s mostly a wine bar, but our
favorite winter drink is the Pumpkin Spiced Manhattan. A riff on the
classic, this Manhattan is made with infused pumpkin bourbon, sweet vermouth,
Fee Brothers whiskey barrel bitters, and ginger syrup.
101 Rivington Street
A Bloody Mary at brunch is just as essential to Sunday brunch as any other timeless cocktail. The Bloody
Mary at Spitzer’s
Corner is different, essentially a hangover cure for
all those cocktails you drank the night before. This isn’t your classic
tomato juice and horseradish concoction. It’s an organic cocktail made with fresh tomato water and vodka.
Address: End of Freemans Alley
The bartenders at Freemans have created
homemade elixirs to relieve holiday stress. You can order a liquid cure
called Penicillin made with scotch, lemon juice, and honey ginger syrup.
And if you’re not quite ready to accept winter, get your last licks of fall
with the Autumnal Aperitif, a refreshing cocktail of rye, lemon juice, pear
cordial and maple syrup.