There’s a phenomenon that many of us social media users are a part of: Dining and posting. Once a meal hits the table, it’s practically a habit to snap the perfect photo before digging in. The same can be said for beautiful cocktails.
During the holiday season, restaurants tend to get a bit festive with their cocktail menus, bringing out some seasonal alcoholic gems. Here are cocktails across Long Island that aren’t only delicious, but will also have those likes piling up.
The Ginger Snap
Who said the winter can’t be tropical? Escape the cold nights with the Ginger Snap and add some bright orange to a cloudy winter day.
1.5oz Myers’s Dark Rum
1.5oz ginger simple syrup
.75oz lime juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2oz Ginger ale
Candied ginger and lime garnish
Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, Bay Shore
Let the warm-weather vibes continue with Verde’s fun Winter Paloma. This pink drink will brighten up your Instagram feed right before you sip this fruity concoction.
1.5oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven
.75oz rosemary and thyme agave
.33oz fresh lime juice
2oz fresh grapefruit
3-4 dashes of Hellfire Bitters
Top with sparkling soda
Thyme and rosemary sprig garnish
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge, Rocky Point
Chocolate lovers, get ready for some serious indulging. The chocolate peanut butter cup cocktail from Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge is a seasonal drink that’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. There’s chocolate syrup and peanut butter around the champagne coupe and the drink is even topped with a Reese’s peanut butter cup and chocolate shavings.
1 chocolate peanut butter cup
2oz Stoli Vanilla Vodka
2oz Godiva Chocolate Liquor
1.5oz Spiro’s homemade peanut butter syrup
B & R Eggnog
Brix & Rye, Greenport
Nothing screams holidays more than eggnog, so why not mix it into a delicious cocktail this holiday season? Brix & Rye put together this creamy delight. The Greenport cocktail bar recommends serving this “boozy and rich eggnog” over ice. Just be sure to make enough to share.
1 liter Four Roses Bourbon
1/2 liter Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1/2 liter aged Jamaican rum
12 eggs separated
1.5 cups of sugar
2 quarts whole milk
2 pints heavy cream
HONU Kitchen & Cocktails, Huntington
The Winter Warmer is the perfect cocktail to sip while kicking back by a fireplace. The deep color of the cocktail and the topping of a cherry make it just as appealing as it is tasty.
2oz High West Campfire Whiskey
1oz Punt e Mes Vermouth
.25oz Carpano Bianco Vermouth
2 dashes of spiced chocolate bitters
1 dash of orange bitters
Winter scented house brandied cherry
S&B Bacon Old Fashion
Salt & Barrel, Bay Shore
This chic seafood restaurant (the latest venture from the Flynn family) has already doubled the options on its cocktail menu in less than a year since its opening. “There’s really something for everyone,” said Morgan Flynn, one of the owners. One of those festive options is the new Bacon Old Fashion meant to please the bacon lovers out there. The trick is in the leftover fat from cured and smoked bacon. It’s cooked in oil, added to Elijah Craig bourbon and then strained from the whiskey to make the unique drink.
2.5oz bacon bourbon
.5oz Kumquat Syrup
3 dashes of Regan’s Orange Bitters
1 orange peel
Candy Cane Martini
Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails, Massapequa Park
Satisfy your sweet tooth! Candy canes are a holiday staple making Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails’ holiday-themed creamy martini a perfect drink this season.
1.5oz vanilla vodka
1oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1.5oz peppermint schnapps
The Cove, Glen Cove
The Cove recently introduced this strong cocktail to its menu and is featuring it during the colder months—a perfect way to get over any winter blues. Snapping a photo of the drink with the gorgeous harbor in the background will remind followers that summer is only a few months away.
2oz Crown Royal Vanilla
.25oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
.25oz cane syrup
Fresh orange peel garnish