There's no shortage of hotels, restaurants, bars and even retailers getting in the holiday spirit this year. Take a cue from the aforementioned pop-ups and bring the cheer home. These seasonal cocktail recipes will impress guests and keep the festive feels going through the New Year.
Smoked Pecan Old Fashioned
2 oz Woodford Reserve
.25 oz El Guapo® Creole Orgeat Syrup
2 dashes El Guapo® Chicory Pecan Bitters
2 dashes El Guapo® Spiced Cocoa Tea Bitters
Applewood chips, blowtorch & cloche, for smoking
In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine bitters, syrup and bourbon. Stir until well chilled, and strain into a rocks glass over one large rock. Place on a flat board, and torch applewood chips until embers are lit. Cover with cloche for one minute, removing just prior to serving to release aromas and smoke.
Cran-Spiced Martini by Reyka Vodka Brand Ambassador Trevor Schneider
2 parts Reyka Vodka
1 part cranberry 100% juice
¾ part Vanilla spiced syrup
Skewered cranberries for garnish
To make vanilla spiced syrup: Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, ¼ tsp. ground black pepper, 5 tsp. allspice, 1 cinnamon stick (2 ½"). Bring to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
Combine all the ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake, strain & garnish. Fine strain and add .5oz vanilla extract.
The Dunhill, Courtesy of I Trulli
1oz Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin
1oz Silvio Carta Vernaccia di Oristano 2003 Vintage
1oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
Combine and stir. Spray of Alpe Genepy in a double old-fashioned glass. Strain over large ice cube. Garnish with lemon peel.
Mazuma, Courtesy of Bathtub Gin, NYC
1.5oz Volcan De Mi Tierra Blanco
¾ oz Guava Puree
¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz Agave
1 dash Grapefruit Bitters
Garnish: Half moon grapefruit slice
Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice. Cap the shaker and shaken vigorously with ice for about 5 seconds. Fill footed collins glass with ice cubes. Remove the cap of the shaker and strain cocktail in footed Collins glass. Slice grapefruit into a half moon and fit in the top of the glass for garnish.
Blitzen’s Regret, Courtesy of The Tam O’Shanter
With so much going on before the year ends, it can be hard to stop and get into the spirit of the holidays. An easy way to get that festive feeling is by stopping in at one of these decked out holiday pop-ups. If the over-the-top decor and seriously thought-out themes don’t do it for you, the spiked winter drinks and warm seasonal snacks will.
Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo is now Clicquot Chalet. The Lower East Side’s very own sky-high après-ski lodge, the rooftop lounge is complete with digital fireplaces and blankets a plenty. The chic Chalet also features a major snow globe space, complete with a champagne bar as well as warm, festive sips and snacks.
diptyque Holiday Pop-up Shop at The St. Regis New York
The St. Regis New York and diptyque partnered to transform the hotel’s Cognac Room into a sensory retail space inspired by the perfumer’s 2018 “The Legend of the North” Holiday Collection. The glitzy silver and gold details are a nod to Parisian designer Pierre Marie, whom the brand collaborated on the collection with. Look closely and you’ll also notice vintage suitcases that pay homage to by The Astors, St. Regis’s founding family know for their famous fetes.
Winter Garden at The Standard, East Village
The Standard, East Village has brought back its Winter Garden for another year of festive fun. Guests are welcome to enjoy winter cocktails and cheese fondue in its signature heated alpine yurts. Those complimentary furs (for borrowing only) are back, too.
The Standard, East Village
It may be awhile before rooftop season returns, but indoor options can do wonders for cabin fever. Ophelia lounge, nestled at the top of the Beekman Tower, is decked out in holiday decor, glittering with crystal garlands. The menu got a similar makeover with seasonal cocktails and decadent desserts.
Baileys Treat Bar at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Baileys Treat Bar at Saks Fifth Avenue is in its last weekend, so stop by the pop up for your spiked sips by Sunday. The Bar is serving complimentary hot chocolate and coffee with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and other festive holiday toppings, so you can warm up while you shop.
Saks Fifth Avenue