The holidays are full of stress. We’re forced into wasting brainpower attempting to figure out gifts. We’re obligated to spend extra time with co-workers we really can’t stand. And to top it all off, we’re stuck spending time getting in awkward family arguments for days on end. It’s no wonder one of the season’s most beloved beverages is mixed with booze. Here are the 10 best eggnog cocktails in NYC, to get you through the end of year.
Death & Co. (433 East 6th Street; 212-388-0882)
This prized cocktail bar is making a top-notch aged nog right now. It combines Old Grand Dad 114 Bourbon, Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac, Smith & Cross Rum, and five-year-old Malmsey Madeira with sugar, full egg, whole milk, and heavy cream. That mix is good enough on its own, but these guys take it a step further. They make a large batch, then place it into sealed glass bottles for three weeks to allow the flavors to meld.
Cow & Clover (291 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-782-8810)
This new Williamsburg eatery and bar is serving an addictive traditional nog for the season, mixing dark rum with egg yolks, egg whites, sugar, milk, heavy cream, and nutmeg with a cinnamon stick garnish.
Saxon + Parole (316 Bowery; 212-254-0350)
For an island take on the North America holiday drink, grab a stool at this equestrian-chic bar and eatery. Its warm and citrusy drink feaures Brugal Añejo rum mixed with Clement Creole shrub, organic egg, milk, orange zest, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Bo’s (6 West 24th Street; 212-234-2373)
Like everything on the menu at this New Orleans-inspired eatery, the bar team is giving its nog a Creole spin. Spiced rum mingles with a mixture of vanilla extract, egg, nutmeg, and simple syrup. A burnt orange peel adds zest.
Sotto 13 (140 West 13th Street; 212-647-1001)
Here you’ll find an even sweeter and creamier variation on the already sugary, lactose-filled treat. Pasteurized egg yolks are blended with sugar. Mascarpone cheese, Frangelico, and espresso are then folded in, and then the drink is topped off with an ounce of bourbon for a nice boozy touch.
Stanton Street Kitchen (178 Stanton Street; 917-963-6000)
Erik Blaumberg’s new spot is heavy on the beer; however, it also serves some fine cocktails for those looking to stay away from the yeast and gluten. For the holidays, you’ll find a simple but divergent rendition of the classic eggnog: Rum, milk, and nutmeg are smoothed out with ice cream for a simple yet velvety bevvy.
Gran Morsi (22 Warren Street; 212-577-2725)
Gran Morsi’s specialty eggnog is as visually appealing as it is enticing to the taste buds (it follows the feel of the entire eatery). It’s a shaken (not stirred) blend of Rumchata liqueur and Baileys with a gingerbread rim.
The Drink (228 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-782-8463)
This laid-back East Williamsburg bar is serving a somewhat secret, albeit straightforward, blend of eggnog. Owner Adam Collison created a proprietary recipe. The base uses pasture-raised eggs, milk, and heavy cream; it’s laced with nutmeg, then finished with bourbon, dark and golden rum, and three other confidential spirits.
URBO (11 Times Square; 212-542-8950)
Jan Warren’s aromatic holiday drink can surely take anyone away from the frenetic activity of the tourist-filled surrounds. Warren marries traditional eggnog with cognac, bourbon, sherry, and heavy cream, resulting in a cocktail that’s thick and nutty.
Del Frisco’s Grille (50 Rockefeller Plaza; 212-767-0371)
Del Frisco’s is serving a cocktail for lovers of all sweet treats. Its eggnog martini combines Stoli Vanil, Baileys Irish Cream, and White Chocolate Godiva liqueur with eggnog and a sprinkle of nutmeg for a garnish.
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