You may have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, but me? My visions are of eggnog—and lots of it. I’m always in search of the best holiday cocktails and holiday-inspired drinking haunts, and this year on Long Island, there are some great places and drinks to choose from. Check out these three spots, which are serving up incredible holiday drinking experiences this season. Happy drinking!
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In Islip, Maxwell’s is going full holiday. Among the many libations they’ll be serving up this holiday season are the Chocolate-Peppermint Martini (Godival liqueur, crème de cocoa, chocolate syrup, and Oreo crumbles), the Winter Chill (Ketel One, Red Bull coconut-berry, and fresh lemon), the Jingle Juice (Tree Olives rosé vodka, St. Germain, pomegranate juice, fresh lime, ginger ale, and sugared cranberries), and the Rudolph’s Mule (Jack Daniels, Regatta ginger beer, cranberry juice, and muddled orange).
Even though chef Arie Pavlou of Water Mill’s Bistro Eté changes up his cocktail menu regularly, here’s one thing you can reliably expect: his rich, booze-heavy eggnog, which is made with egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and—and here’s the twist—reposado tequila. This aged form of the tequila spends time in oak barrels, imparting on it a creamy, toasty finish. It’s an unexpected marriage, but one you won’t regret trying.
Nothing says Happy Holidays quite like this pop-up bar, which will inhabit the two Cork and Kerry spaces on Long Island this season. The nostalgic space, which is outfitted for the season, will offer 10 custom cocktails—and two shots. Enjoy a Jingle Balls Nog—brown butter and cinnamon fat-washed Cognac, Amontillado Sherry, almond milk, cream, sugar, egg, vanilla, and nutmeg—is the ultimate holiday cocktail, althoughm if that’s not your speed, you can always opt for the “Nice Shot” (rum, peppermint tea, and chocolate). Bottom’s up!