Well, we know what we want from Santa this Christmas. Thanks to the onslaught of seasonal libations offered throughout the city this winter, we're putting these festive holiday drinks in NYC on the top of our wish list. Head to these cozy restaurants and bars for holiday cheer in a glass (or ceramic boot, if that's your thing).
Because We Can at Bar Pleiades
Celebrity chef Daniel Boulud and head bartender Darryl Chan have crafted a holiday drink that includes everything but the kitchen sink: The belly-warming cocktail starts off like a hot cocoa—Valrhona’s melted dark and milk chocolate, anyone?—which is then spiked with tongue-tingling rye, peppermint fernet and chili liqueur and topped off with a winter garnish of an oak-smoked marshmallow and pine needles.
Upper East Side (barpleiades.com). $20.
Desayuno Cafe at Añejo
In Spanish, desayuno translates as breakfast, which is an apt description of a drink that’s akin to a boozy morning meal. The velvety tequila and cashew-horchata concoction is invigorated with cold-brew coffee, an egg white and a sprinkling of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.
Hell’s Kitchen (anejonyc.com). $14.
Tia Mia at Leyenda
The Latina bar transforms itself into a winter wonderland pop-up called “Sleyenda,” where you can revel in holiday-themed cups and libations. While you’re taking in all the merriment and decorations, order this combo of mezcal, dark rum, orgeat and dry curaçao served over crushed ice in a large ceramic Santa boot.
Carroll Gardens (leyendabk.com). $14.
Frozen Peppermint Slide at Industry Kitchen
Blending vodka, Baileys, Dr. McGillicuddy’s Menthomint liqueur and half-and-half, this creamy tipple is topped with a sweet-and-savory mix of crushed candy canes, peppermint bark and pretzel rods.
Seaport District (industry-kitchen.com). $34.
Spice Mill at Houseman
This cozy West Village spot is serving an apropos red-and-white tipple. Red wine is poured over Old Tom gin, pear liqueur, honey, ginger and allspice. Aside from looking the part, the sweet quaff tastes the part, too, evoking a partridge in a pear tree minus, you know, the partridge.
West Village (housemanrestaurant.com). $16.