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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The NYC Holiday Drinking Guide: The City's Top Beverages, Where to Find Them, and How to Make Them at Home

Sephrah is a tour guide on our Original Greenwich Village Tour, and she knows her way around the kitchen. She spent time baking cheesecakes at Grand Central Station's famed Oyster Bar Restaurant.

She also knows the ins-and-outs of holiday cocktails. Her husband is a professional "cocktailologist," and as a long-time NYC resident, she's visited some of the best!

Here's her list of the best beverages to sip on during the holidays, where to find them, and how to make them at home.


1. Mulled wine
Drink It At: Morrell Wine Bar
1 Rockefeller Plaza
Savor the spices of wine as you gaze upon the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree and give thanks that you're not ice skating. 

2. Hot Buttered Rum
Drink It At: Death & Co.
433 East 6th Street 



1 spoonful spiced butter (recipe below)
3 oz water 1/4 oz heavy cream
2 oz Pyrat Rum, or other full-flavored rum
Grated cinnamon for garnish

Spiced Butter2 cup (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
4 tbs ground cinnamon
2 tsp grated nutmeg
2 tsp ground cloves

Spiced ButterCream the butter and sugar together with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add the spices and continue beating one minute more.

Combine butter, water, and heavy cream in a saucepan or hot pot. Heat until steaming; add rum. Pour into a mug and garnish with grated cinnamon.

3. Irish coffee 
Drink It At: The Dead Rabbit
30 Water Street
Voted the "World's Best New Cocktail Bar 2013" by Tales of the Cocktail, this Celtic pub/ Cocktail Bar/ Brew House takes great pride in concocting the perfect balance of coffee and sweet for their Irish Coffee. 

4. Hot Toddy
Drink It At: Talde
369 7th Avenue

2 oz. 4 roses bourbon
Fresh lemon juice
House made Chinese 5 spice syrup
English breakfast tea
Clove lemon garnish

5. The Hornitos Hot Shotty

6. Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch

7. Glögg

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