Seeing the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, ice skating and doing a holiday window-display tour are probably on your December bucket list, but we have something else to add.
Indulging in a festive (and very photogenic) holiday cocktail!
Lots of bars and restaurants in the city are rolling out their holiday drink menus, and we’ve rounded up all the coziest, yummiest cocktails full of the best winter flavors.
Plus, they are very Instagram-friendly — but taste just as good as they look!
1. Boozy Bourbon Black & White Hot Chocolate, The Loreley
The Loreley Beer Garden has the largest heated patio on the Lower East Side, so you can comfortably sip on toasty drinks while sitting outside all winter long! Their Boozy Bourbon Black & White Hot Chocolate is Ghirardelli hot chocolate spiked with bourbon and topped with toasted marshmallows and vanilla sauce. They also have holiday drink options like Spiked Egg Nog, Winter Sangria, a Peppermint Nitro Martini, and Bourbon Apple Cider.
Address: 7 Rivington St.
2. Christmas Carol Barrel, Miracle on 9th Street
Pretend it’s Christmas in July with this blend of rum, coconut water, carrot, carrot cake spice blend, cream and lemon at the beloved pop-up “Miracle on 9th Street,” this year.
Address: 649 E 9th St.
3. Bad Krampus, Snowday in Brooklyn
Sunday in Brooklyn’s holiday pop-up offers tons of incredible, holiday-themed cocktails! Try the Bad Krampus made with Rye Whiskey, Campari, Strawberry-Rhubarb Aperitif, Sweet Vermouth, Lapsang Souchong Tea, Sesame for a festive drink that’s sure to pack a punch.
Address: 348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
4. Tropical Holiday Frozen Hot Chocolate, The Ready Rooftop
Enjoy The Ready Rooftop’s brand new cocktail creations at their “Palm Holiday” pop-up. Following the tropical-inspired themed, they’re offering tons of frozen options, however, we definitely recommend you try the spiked frozen hot chocolate topped with whipped cream.
Address: 112 E 11th St.
5. A Lump of Coal, Feliz Coctelería
This exciting pop-up by The Garret Bars has returned for a second season and we couldn’t be more excited. With so many fantastic cocktails available, you might just have to try them all! Their “A Lump of Coal” cocktail is a safe bet for starters with blackberry, mint, mango butter, black sesame, vodka, lime, egg white, and Chilean red wine.
Address: 349 Broome Street
6. O Sanctissima (spiced cider margarita), Bohemian Bar
Soak in all the holiday spirit at Bohemian Bar in Brooklyn Heights. Sparkling in seasonal decor, order their O Sanctissima for an unforgettable spiced cider margarita!
Address: 97 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
7. Kris Kringle Colada, Sippin’ Santa
Get your vacay fix with this delicious spin on a piña colada served in an adorable coconut cup! Made with Dark Jamaican Rum, Amaro, Allspice Liqueur, Lime, Pineapple, and Cream of Coconut, you’ll feel like you’re on holiday.
Address: 13 1st Ave.
8. 24k Magic, Magic Hour Rooftop
You can’t get much more festive than Magic Hour Rooftop’s Winter Lodge! Order their limited-time 24K Magic cocktail with Bourbon, Eggnog, Amaretto, Licor 43, Nutmeg, and 24K Gold Leaf for a festive treat.
Address: 485 7th Ave 18th floor
9. Malibu Farm Spiked Hot Cocoa, The Greens at Pier 17
Nothing’s quite as cozy as a rich cup of hot chocolate in the winter—extra points if it’s spiked! Right now, Pier 17’s winter cabins are serving up the most delicious spiked hot cocoa topped with ooey gooey marshmallows that is sure to warm you right up.
Address: 89 South St.
10. HotK, Industry Kitchen
Address: 70 South St.
Written by Claire Leaden & Justine Golata