Giving Thanks for Great Cocktails
New York City offers a wealth of fine cocktail establishments, which is something to always be thankful for, especially around the holidays. Of course, a cocktail-appropriate occasion can occur at any time of the year, so if you’re searching for a fine libation to toast one of life’s many blessings, these establishments and concoctions are a few of our favorites here in Manhattan:
A.F. Rapoport Hot Buttered Rum at Joseph Leonard
The West Village eatery Joseph Leonard describes itself as a “bar with serious food,” and with a menu featuring crispy braised pork hock and Hudson Valley duck confit, it backs up the claim. However, the bar is equally famous for its A.F. Rapoport Hot Buttered Rum—a concoction developed by, and named after, the bar’s loyal customer Andy Rapoport. The batter, which is laced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and exotic spices, is ridiculously rich and extra buttery. Each order marries a scoop of the batter with Sailor Jerry spiced rum and freshly grated nutmeg. This cocktail is everything you want it to be, including dessert.
Joseph Leonard: 170 Waverly Place, 646.429.8383
Capitulation #3 at the Library at the Public
If a solid martini brings you solace, we recommend pulling up a seat at the bar of the Library at the Public and ordering a Capitulation #3. According to Tiffany Short, head bartender, the drink is “a tip of the hat to the classic martini.” At its core, this cocktail is all Plymouth gin, but Short combines that with Riesling and Dolin Blanc vermouth (for a touch of sweetness), and she balances it with a slightly bitter French aperitif. After a few sips, you may feel transported to the Gilded Age, but the Library’s dedication to all details of the Astor Era may also have something to do with that.
The Library at the Public: 425 Lafayette Street, 212.539.8777
White Sazerac at Nougatine at Jean-Georges
When you’re seeking something to drive away the chill of the winter breeze coming off of Central Park West, the White Sazerac served up at Nougatine at Jean-Georges in the Trump International Hotel should do the trick. The crystal-clear take on the New Orleans classic is unabashedly simple. It starts with a rinse of Kübler absinthe in a chilled glass and is finished with a strained mixture of unoaked and unaged rye, Miracle Mile Bitters Ghost, and a touch of sugar.
Nougatine at Jean-Georges: 1 Central Park West, 212.299.3900