Holiday season in New York is a thirsty time of year. Between the crowds, the cold, and the visiting relatives, we often find ourselves seeking out a delicious beverage to warm us up and calm us down. Let your thirst be your guide this holiday season with our list of beverage-centered holiday experiences.
1. Hot Apple Cider at Union Square Holiday Market
The Holiday Market at Union Square is a holiday must-do for tourists and locals alike. Browse a selection of unique gifts made by local craftsmen while sipping on a Hot Apple Cider from a local orchard. This warming winter beverage will leave you feeling festive today, without the prospect of feeling decidedly unfestive tomorrow. Pair a Hot Apple Cider with an Apple Cider Donut for a more intensely festive experience.
2. Bloody Mary at the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel
Legend has it that the iconic cocktail was actually invented at the King Cole Bar in 1934. Ferdinand Petoit was a mixologist who was himself sprinkled with a dash of genius. When a Russian playboy asked him to recreate a vodka-based drink he had enjoyed in Paris, the suave barman did not miss a beat. Petoit spiced up the drink with Worcestershire sauce and spices, and brunch would never be the same. Of course, the term Bloody Mary was far too vulgar for the refined St. Regis, so the drink was called “The Red Snapper.”
The King Cole Bar, with its famous mural of the “Merry Old Soul” and its holiday decorations, is a perfect place to appreciate the most wonderful time of the year with a Red Snapper in hand.
3. Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3
Sometimes, it’s a cool down that we need after fighting midtown holiday shopping crowds. For those moments, head to New York’s first coffee house boutique, Serendipity 3 at 225 East 60th Street for a world famous Frozen Hot Chocolate. When Jackie Kennedy tried to get the recipe to serve at the White House, she was flatly denied. She was as crushed as the ice in this oxymoronic drink!
If it was good enough for Jackie, it was also good enough for Andy Warhol and one Norma Jean Mortenson, otherwise known as Marilyn Monroe. We are fairly sure it’s also good enough for you. If it’s not, you might try the Golden Opulence Sundae. With a $1,000 price tag, it is the world’s most expensive desert.
4. Pink Hot Chocolate at the Rawther Fancy Tea with Santa
This is a great activity for the children. Dress your tiny tot in his or her finest finery and head to the Plaza Shop for an tea party with Santa. Sip pink hot chocolate and nibble on assorted tea-sandwiches and Cupcakes while discussing the misadventures of everyone’s favorite plucky Plaza-resident, Eloise. It will be an event to remember for Lord’s Sake! Tea is served on Wednesdays and Fridays, but check the Plaza website for times.
5. Cookie Dough Hot Chocolate at DŌ.
Fancy pairing a soul-warming beverage with a jaunty winter skate? If so, we recommend an excursion to the Bryant Park Bank of America Skating Rink. Entry is free, and afterwards you can you can warm yourself with this decadent Hot Chocolate from DŌ at the Bryant Park Holiday Market. We especially recommend undertaking this excursion on a weekday when lines are not overwhelming.
6. Hot Chocolate at Jacque Torres Chocolate
If the last three suggestions annoyed you because you just want a regular hot chocolate, head to DUMBO for the best hot chocolate in town at Jacques Torres Chocolate (66 Water Street). Jacque Torres has been described as a “modern day Willy Wonka,” and now that you’ve read this article, you have the golden ticket.
7. Mulled Mine (Glühwein) at Café Sabarasky
Nothing says Schöne Ferien like a visit to the Café Sabarsky for some Glühwein and goulash. As a German company, we at Engel & Voelkers love that the café is housed within the Newu Galerie, a museum dedicated to German and Austrian art. If you are feeling even more festive after a few mugs of Glühwein, head to the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Christmas tree.