Winter cocktails at New York bars: five seasonally flavored drinks

Flavors like cranberry and apple pop up everywhere this time of year, even in cocktails at New York bars. Here are our favorite wintry drinks around town.

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    Winter cocktails at New York bars

    The Trade Winds at the Drink
    From lattes to lagers, pumpkin-laced beverages abound this time of year. Few balance the flavor as expertly as this punch, which gets its essence from a freshly juiced baking variety. Citrusy Famous Grouse scotch tempers the gourd’s sweetness, while chili-pepper–spiced chai tea adds a layer of nutmeg and clove. It’s finished with grapefruit juice, which hints at winter’s crispness, and a dash of sherry rye bitters to tie the elements together. 228 Manhattan Ave between Grand and Maujer Sts (718-782-8463, thedrinkbrooklyn.com). Glass $5, bowl $43.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Winter cocktails at New York bars

    The Evergreen at the Wayland
    Bartender Brian Hawthorne channels a warming hearth for this quaff: He starts by cold-smoking and freezing highball glasses to capture the essence of a winter fire, then pours in gin to create a sturdy botanical base. Pear cider contributes effervescence, lemon juice gives a bright boost and a few drops of house-made pine-smoked bitters lend subtle woodsy notes. A sage leaf garnish nods to the herbaceous  beginning. 700 E 9th St at Ave C (212-777-7022, thewaylandnyc.com). $12.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Winter cocktails at New York bars

    First Date at Booker and Dax at Ssäm
    For this stiff concoction, cocktail wizards Tristan Willey and Dave Arnold tinker with the classic Old Fashioned on the rocks. The pair imbues oaky bourbon with the essence of ripe dates by spinning the ingredients in a centrifuge to extract the fruits’ richness and clarify the brown-spirit blend. A wide twist of orange plays up the whiskey’s citrus notes. 207 Second Ave at E 13th St (212-254-3500, momofuku.com/new-york/booker-and-dax). $14.

  • Winter cocktails at New York bars

    Red October at the Counting Room
    Inspired by Milk & Honey barkeep Sammy Ross’ bittersweet Paper Plane cocktail, Maksym Pazuniak crafted this variation to celebrate a favorite holiday fruit: the cranberry. Pazuniak begins with a tart shrub (made with vinegar, cranberry and apple cider) bolstered by tequila. The libation gets its bittersweet edge from two herbal Italian liqueurs (aperol and amaro ciaciaro) and extra acidity from lime juice. 44 Berry St at N 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-1860, countingroom.com). $11.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Winter cocktails at New York bars

    The Orchard at the Pitch and Fork
    Each sip of this balanced tipple bursts with ripe fruit flavor. A glug of apple juice fortifies Calvados (French brandy distilled from cider) in this quaff. The tartness from freshly squeezed lemon kicks up the fruitiness, but a float of Angostura bitters evens out the final result. 1606 First Ave at E 83rd St (212-288-1003, thepitchandfork.com). $12.

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Winter cocktails at New York bars

The Trade Winds at the Drink
From lattes to lagers, pumpkin-laced beverages abound this time of year. Few balance the flavor as expertly as this punch, which gets its essence from a freshly juiced baking variety. Citrusy Famous Grouse scotch tempers the gourd’s sweetness, while chili-pepper–spiced chai tea adds a layer of nutmeg and clove. It’s finished with grapefruit juice, which hints at winter’s crispness, and a dash of sherry rye bitters to tie the elements together. 228 Manhattan Ave between Grand and Maujer Sts (718-782-8463, thedrinkbrooklyn.com). Glass $5, bowl $43.

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