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NYC bartenders shake up holiday cocktails

Winter libations are essential to enjoying the festive food on any holiday table.

NYC bartenders have shared their recipes to bring out the holiday spirit (and spirits).

Spearmint Vesper

Courtesy of The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel
Photo Credit: Plymouth

Courtesy of The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel

Ingredients:

2oz. Plymouth Gin

½ oz. High West Vodka

1/4oz. California Aloe Liqueur

vFresh cucumber slice

Method:

Shake ingredients over ice until well chilled, then strain into a deep goblet.

Garnish with thin lemon peel.

Prohibition Hot Toddy

Created by Kenneth McCoy, Ward III Ingredients: 2
Photo Credit: Paul Wagtouicz

Created by Kenneth McCoy, Ward III

Ingredients:

2 oz Cutty Prohibition Edition

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz honey water syrup

Splash of fresh pressed ginger juice or muddled fresh ginger

Hot water from a kettle

Method:

Combine everything into a mixing vessel stir with a bar spoon.

Heat your glass with hot water to be sure the glass isn't cold, when ready to pour contents into glass pour out the hot water now strain in your cocktail add hot water on top about 4 oz of hot water.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a flamed orange peel.

Tiki Nutcrackers

Created by Shaun Dunn, The Nomad Ingredients: .5
Photo Credit: The Nomad

Created by Shaun Dunn, The Nomad

Ingredients:

.5 oz Frangelico

1 oz Appleton Rum

.75 oz lemon juice

.5 oz Wild Turkey Rye

.5 oz Orgeat (Almond Syrup)

.25 oz East India Solera Sherry

1 tsp. cinnamon syrup

3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Method:

Combine all ingredients and whip shake with 3 ice cubes.

Pour into glass over crushed ice and garnish with a lemon wheel, mint, bitters and paper umbrella.

Snow-groni

Created by The Tippler, Chelsea Market Ingredients: 2/3

Created by The Tippler, Chelsea Market

Ingredients:

2/3 cup (100 g) coarsely cracked ice

1 ½ fluid ounces (3 tablespoons/45 ml) sweet vermouth

1 fluid once (2 tablespoons/30 ml) London-style dry gin

1 fluid once (2 tablespoons/30 ml) Campari

Garnish:

Orange twist, removed from an orange with a channel knife for garnish.

Method:

Process the ice, vermouth, gin, and Campari in a blender until smooth and slushy. Pour the mixture into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with the orange twist and serve immediately.

The Dolce Vita

Created by Xavier Herit, Wallflower Ingredients: 1 oz
Photo Credit: Thomas Schauer

Created by Xavier Herit, Wallflower

Ingredients:

1 oz Pierre Ferrand Cognac 1840

1 oz Dolcetto D'Alba (red wine)

½ oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao

½ oz Pedro Ximenes Sweet Sherry

½ oz Cinamon Syrup

½ oz Lemon juice

½ oz Orange juice

1 clove

Method:

Shake ingredients and then heat on stove.

Pour into Irish coffee class and garnish with shaved nutmeg and a cinnamon stick. Serve hot!

Zacapa Nog

Created by Lynnette Marrero, founder of Speed Rack
Photo Credit: Zacapa Rum

Created by Lynnette Marrero, founder of Speed Rack

Ingredients:

5 oz Zacapa Rum 23

6 oz rice milk

4 oz coconut cream

3 oz simple syrup

1 oz lime juice

2 dashes orange flower water

Grated cinnamon for garnish

Method:

Combine Zacapa Rum, rice milk, coconut cream, simple syrup, fresh lime juice and orange flower water in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.

Strain contents into rocks glass.

Garnish with grated cinnamon. Yields five drinks.

Spiced Bohemian

Created by KrystleLynn Kingcade, Añejo Ingredients: 1/2

Created by KrystleLynn Kingcade, Añejo

Ingredients:

1/2 oz lime juice

1 oz Creme Yvette

.5 oz Allspice liquor

1.5 oz Bohemia

Method:

Shake all ingredients except the Bohemia and strain in rock glass over ice. Top with Bohemia beer and grate nutmeg on top.

Cranberry Fields

Created by Frank “Stilo” Pimental, Ribalta Ingredients:

Created by Frank “Stilo” Pimental, Ribalta

Ingredients:

1 1/2oz Ketel One Oranjej

3/4oz Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur

3/4oz Blue J Cranberry Shrub

1/2oz Fresh Lemon

Method: Shake and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with 3 Cranberries.

Holiday Harvest Punch

Created by John McCarthy, Cedar Local Ingredients:
Photo Credit: Carlos Detres

Created by John McCarthy, Cedar Local

Ingredients:

3 cups Brugal Extra Dry

2 cups Fresh Blood Orange Juice

1 cup Fresh Lime Juice

1.5 cups Fresh Simple Syrup

20 dash Cranberry Bitters

Method:

Stir all ingredients together in a large punch bowl with a few cubes of ice to chill. Garnish with blood orange slices and fresh cranberries. To serve, ladle into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a blood orange slice and a cranberry.

Brewed Awakenings

Created by Christian Sanders, Evelyn Drinkery 1 ½

Created by Christian Sanders, Evelyn Drinkery

1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila

1 ½ parts coffee liqueur

¼ part vanilla syrup *

1 part heavy cream

*To make vanilla syrup, mix together 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 1 part vanilla extract. Bring to a boil and cool before serving (approximately 1-2 minutes)

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a glass and serve

Me & Her

Created by Nate Dumas, Sekend Sun Ingredients:
Photo Credit: Sekend Sun

Created by Nate Dumas, Sekend Sun

Ingredients:

1.25 oz Mr. Katz's Rock and Rye

1 oz Monkey Shoulder

.75 oz lemon juice

.5 oz LeJay cassis

.25 oz Campari

Top soda

Method:

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with lemon wedge.

The "Appalachian Trail"

By Stephen Yorsz, Rochelle's Ingredients: 1 1/2

By Stephen Yorsz, Rochelle's

Ingredients:

1 1/2 parts Am?erican Born Moonshine

1/2 part bonded Apple Jack

3/4 parts lemon

3/4 parts honey

Peychaud's bitters

Method:

Shake ingredients with ice. Serve up with a dash of bitters.

Babbo's Toddy

Created by Erick Castro, Boilermaker Ingredients: ½

Created by Erick Castro, Boilermaker

Ingredients:

½ oz. Campari

½ oz. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

¾ oz. Cinnamon Syrup*

*To make cinnamon simple syrup, bring 4 cinnamon sticks, one cup sugar and one cup water to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.

Method:

Build ingredients into warm 8 ½ oz. mug and top with boiling water. Garnish with an orange slice.

Happiest Ending

Created by Tim Cooper, Sweetwater Social Ingredients: 1oz

Created by Tim Cooper, Sweetwater Social

Ingredients:

1oz Patron XO Café Incendio

1oz Aged Rum

1oz Freshly Whipped Cream

Method:

Mix in glass. Top with freshly grated Nutmeg.

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