Best Cocktails in NYC

There is something nice about cooler weather cocktails that heat up and soothe the heart and soul. The following are the best cocktails to help you warm your tootsies on those unseasonably cold spring nights.

In the spirit of “Winter is coming,” you and your gang of merry (yet responsible) tipplers probably started off the season imagining the best cocktails to warm your fingers and toes during the brutal winter nights. Except NYC didn’t get the “Winter is coming” memo. To be honest, we New Yorkers have been really lucky when it came to winter weather this year. There is something nice, however, about cooler weather cocktails that heat up and soothe the heart and soul. The following cocktails will help you warm your tootsies on those unseasonably cold spring nights when the mercury inexplicably takes a dip.

Hot Buttered Rum

This drink’s very name evokes the sensation of warm and cozy liquids soothing your soul on a cold night. When you’ve made it through your should-have-been-forty-five-minutes-but-was-actually-two-hours commute back to your apartment, you probably just want to grab the nearest beer and plop yourself onto your sofa. Do yourself a favor, take ten minutes out of your evening routine, and make yourself a decadent hot-buttered rum. In this version of the drink from Divine Caroline, the soul-soothing blend of ingredients including butter, powdered sugar, dark rum, and heavy cream is simmered and boiled until you’re left with a rich, sweet mix that is the perfect antidote to even the coolest of nights. If you don’t feel like making it, head over to the West Village and throw back the sinfully tasty version served at Joseph Leonard.

A Sour in the Snow

Sometimes the mind and body want something with a bit of summery tang. Enter the New York version of the whiskey sour, the “New York Sour.” The only way the New York Sour differs from the original is that it’s spiked with red wine, an addition that turns the drink into one of the best cocktails to get cozy with. Details on how to create this tasty concoction are here. If you’re too busy to make one, have one with your brunch at Schiller’s Liquor Bar on the Lower East Side.

Dandy Shandy

This delicious warm-me-up is a British classic and combines the rich depth of Guinness Stout with the spicy bite of ginger ale or, better yet, ginger beer. Get out your pint glass, and fill it halfway up before topping it off with your ginger ale or ginger beer. You’ll be filled with a glow that will help keep your furnace going for hours.

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