Our 5 Favorite Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Cocktails—And How To Make Them

…which might not be good for our health.

More than 220 local eateries, spanning 114 miles across seven counties, participated in this year’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, which ran through Sunday, March 22. During this two-week extravaganza lucky diners had the opportunity to enjoy a prix fixe, three-course lunch ($20.95) or dinner ($29.95) at some of the region’s best restaurants. But feasting on farm-fresh food is just part of the fun; sipping on locally-sourced craft cocktails elevates the entire experience. Dutch’s Spirits, Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, and Hillrock Estate Distillery are a few of the lauded local liquors being used in creative cocktails all around the region.

The festival is over, but we refuse to let the cocktails end with it.

Check out five of our favorites. Start slideshow »

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Harper’s92 Main St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

• 1.5 oz Cardamom

• 1 oz Pistachio milk

• 0.5 oz pear liqueur

• 0.5 oz Vanilla Syrup

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• 0.5 oz Jasmine liqueur

• 3 drops of Rose Water

• Absinth rinse

Shake all together and serve on the rocks in an old fashioned glass with crushed pistachio garnish.

Photo by Justin Montgomery

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Birdsall House – 970 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566

• 4 to 5 Chef March Walker’s pickles (to drop in)

• 1.5 oz Mexcal Tequila

• 1/3 oz Lime Juice

• 1/3 oz Agave Syrup

• Smoked Salt Rim around glass as garnish.

Stir together. Serve in a margarita glass and enjoy.

Photo by Tim Reinke


Millhouse Brewing Co – 289 Mill St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

• 1.5 oz cascade hop-infused goslings rum

• 1 oz house made ginger syrup

• 0.75 oz oloroso sherry

• 0.75 oz fresh lime juice

• 0.5 oz st. Elizabeth allspice dram

• 1 oz MHBC velvet panda stout

Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Shake thoroughly with ice. Fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.  


Chophouse Grille – 957 US-6, Mahopac, NY 10541

• 2 oz part pear puree 

• 0.5 oz simple syrup

• Dash cinnamon

• 4 oz Grey Goose La Poire Vodka

• 4 oz St Germain Elderflower liqueur 

• Homemade pear purée with simple syrup and a dash of cinnamon.

Shaken strained – served straight-up in martini glass.

Photo by David Gallo


The Village Tea Room Restaurant & Bake Shop – 10 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz, NY

• Widow Jane

• Hudson Standard pear ginger shrub

Served in a local-honey lined glass on the rocks with a fresh pear slice.

Photo by Agnes Devereux

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