Admit it: the idea of drinking your in-laws’ signature, thick-as-paste eggnog for all eight nights of Hanukkah makes you feel a little queasy. Head out of the house and into these Greenwich comfort zones to try our favorite holiday drinks to warm you up this winter!
1.) Peppermint Hot Chocolate from Coffee Café Roasters
Coffee beans roasted onsite? Yes, please. Coffee Café Roasters impresses even the most pretentious of coffee snobs. What’s also great about this Greenwich Avenue haunt is the fact that their coffee flavors do not overpower or fade in the background of their brew. Pair their seasonal peppermint hot chocolate with an almond croissant or caramel macaroon to give you a Black Friday worthy rush.
118 Greenwich Avenue, (203) 661-8300
2.) Watermelon Mojito from Harvest Wine Bar and Restaurant
“Is it May yet?” is your new catch phrase. No, you don’t want to participate in the stupid Secret Santa swap or watch Home Alone for the umpteenth time. You stand by the belief that Scrooge was not a bad dude; he simply imagined a simpler time of flip-flops and drinks with teeny tiny umbrellas in them. Get your “Bah humbug” on with this Watermelon Mojito – Bacardi rum, lime, watermelon and mint, sugar cane, and soda. Can you hear the waves crashing yet? (Nope, that’s the snow blower next door.)
372 Greenwich Avenue, (203) 869-4080
3.) Irish Coffee from The Ginger Man
Bushmills Irish Whiskey, whipped cream, and brown sugar make this cup a ‘can’t miss’. Drink it slowly as you dine near the fireplace (yup, this joint has one) and score major points for bringing the person you hope says “Yes” to meeting your family for Christmas Eve dinner. The gorgeous dining area and extensive spirits selection makes the Ginger Man winter date worthy for ladies and gents alike.
64 Greenwich Avenue, (203) 861-6400
4.) Bica-Tini from Douro Restaurant and Bar
Don’t think seafood is only reserved for the summer months. This Greenwich Avenue must serves up fantastic fish tacos and paella that are Feast of the Seven Fishes-worthy. Are you a proud Italian hosting your parents over the holidays, or are you dating one whose parents you have been meaning to impress? Douro is about to become your go-to. Reward yourself with the Bica-Tini at the end of the meal. This coffee bar favorite has vanilla vodka, kalhua, and a shot of espresso – yum!
363 Greenwich Avenue, (203) 869-7622
5.) Hot Dahlia from Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant
Call the babysitter, and cozy up after a fun day of sledding with the little ones. This cocktail packs a punch that will warm you from head to toe. Roasted jalapeno infused Chinaco Blanco, orange, cilantro, and lime juice are the makings of this delicious madness.
18 West Putnam Avenue, (203) 983-6400