6 Holiday Cocktails in NYC You Need to Try Now

Kick off the holidays in NYC with a festive holiday-themed cocktail or two. When temperatures dip, head inside one of these cozy New York City hotspots and create some memories.

The Lobby Bar at Dream Downtown

Winter Daiquiri

This winter, Dream Downtown’s The Lobby Bar was transformed into a theatrical space that is abloom in red roses. Thousands of romantic florals embellish the decadent space, which was created with the notion that a visit here could combat the winter blues. Indeed! While swept up in the destination's distinctive ambiance, unwind with a Winter Daiquiri, which is crafted with Ten to One Aged Rum, Unaged Barking Irons Applejack, simple syrup, and lime juice. The beverage is then garnished with a lime wheel and a few apple slices. The lush rose-themed space will be up through February. 355 W. 16thSt., 212 -229-2559,

Morton’s the Steakhouse 

Morton's the Steakhouse

Cheers! Celebrate the season with Morton’s Holiday Cocktail. It mingles the flavors of Ketel One Botanical Cucumber Rose Vodka with Aperol Aperitif, simple syrup, and a citrusy spritz of fresh lemon juice. Served in elegant champagne flutes, the seasonal cocktails are topped with hand shaken whipped cream. An edible rose petal garnish ushers in a bit of romance. 551 Fifth Ave., 212-972-3315 and 136 Washington St., 212-608-0171,

The Regency Bar & Grill, Loews Regency 

miracle on 61st street cocktail

Loews Regency invites travelers to eat, drink, and be merry with Holiday Cocoa + Cocktails. Featuring creative spins on everyone’s favorite holiday libation, the limited-time treats serve up sweet variations of creative cocoa-themed cocktails. The “Miracle on 61st Street” was created with Grey Goose vanilla, walnut liqueur, hot cocoa, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle topped with an edible gold leaf. Available from December 1 through New Year’s Day. 540 Park Ave., 212-759-4100,

Plado Tasting Bar

Plado Sangria


The East Village’s Plado Tasting Bar invites holiday revelers to enjoy a sip of the Big Apple. Its colorful Apple Cider Sangria is crafted with crisp apples that were freshly picked at Pennings Farm, which is located Upstate New York.  The holiday sangria is made with sauvignon blanc, apple cider, apple puree, simple syrup, spicy cinnamon, and clove. Apple butter brown cinnamon sugar adorns the rim and brings a sweet touch. This Village newcomer offers a rustic-meets-industrial aesthetic. It flaunts exposed brick, an open kitchen, and large glass windows that overlook the charming neighborhood. 192 E. 2ndSt., 646-850-5151,

Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama Coconut Eggnog

Escape the rush of the holiday season by slipping into this Manhattan getaway. Retreat to Midtown’s Tommy Bahama and warm up to its Coconut Eggnog—a rich, creamy cocktail with a holiday kick. It features equal parts Jim Beam and Cruzan Coconut rum. For added flavor, coconut milk is combined with heavy cream, vanilla, and a hint of nutmeg. 551 Fifth Ave., 212-537-0960,

My Friend Duke

Miss Marguerite

My Friend Duke has all the right ingredients: Soaring ceilings, a mezzanine, and a large skylight. Escape the darkness of winter in this vibrant space complete with white walls and floors, and a pop of yellow in the bar area. While there, order the Miss Marguerite—a fusion of Benedictine, Lo-fi Gentian Amaro, and lime that is topped with champagne and served in a flute. 383 Third Ave. 646-455-0684,

About the Author

Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.

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