These Holiday Cocktails Will Get You Into the Spirit in Westchester

Need some libations to jingle your bells? Look no further. These Westchester restaurants have you covered in the cocktail department.

The holidays are synonymous with certain adult beverages—eggnog, mulled wine, and coquito, just to name a few. These Westchester restaurants have taken it a step further with their own iterations of jingle juice. Making spirits bright, indeed.

Chatterbox

75 Cooley St, Pleasantville; 914.496.3900

A drink that comes with dessert? We’re all in on this gingerbread chai ‘tini. Mixed with real chai, a homemade brown sugar syrup infused with all spice, nutmeg, clove, and ginger, a healthy pour of Bailey’s, and an even healthier dose of vanilla vodka, the only thing not included is the fireside to sip it by. Perhaps the most exciting part is the drink’s garnish: a massive gingerbread cookie made by local confection company Baked After Midnight.

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Jack’s Bar & Restaurant

219 Main St, Eastchester; 914.652.7650

Known for endless creative items and taking a concept and sprinting with it, Jack’s doesn’t have just one seasonal cocktail to showcase. Oh no, the fan-favorite watering hole has seven festive libations to roll out. Already a star is the “Grinch-Mess,” which has Don Julio blanco tequila, melon, passionfruit, lime, and orange — a sip that’s both sweet and mischievous (but if you order the Most Passion, More Energy, we can’t fault you).

La Casa

7 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville; 914.222.9016

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For warmth that could defrost a windshield in 30 seconds flat, La Casa gives us the ultimate cocktail indulgence. Its Mexican hot chocolate (which can be served spiked or otherwise) is a luscious dance of pure Mexican chocolate (Abuelita, because IYKYK), milk, cream, Kahlúa, Baileys, and vanilla vodka. It’s the perfect nightcap for a blustery night, if we do say so ourselves.

L’inizio

698 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley; 914.693.5400

If you are of the persuasion that peppermint mocha tastes like toothpaste and the influx of it during this time of year makes your head spin, L’inizio has your best interests in mind. This white chocolate martini is made with vodka, white chocolate liqueur, Kahlúa, and espresso — just enough curated sweetness to partake in the good tidings without feeling like you just swished around mouthwash.

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Sam’s of Gedney Way

52 Gedney Way, White Plains; 914.949.0978

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While Spritz SZN is traditionally the warmer months, Sam’s of Gedney Way challenges that notion. The Winter Aperol spritz will have you thinking “Orange slice, who?” Aperol, Chambord, sparkling wine, and ginger beer swirl into the perfect sweet and spiced sip — bonus points if you post up in front of the fireplace for ambiance’s sake.

 

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Saltaire Oyster Bar

55 Abendroth Ave, Port Chester; 914.939.2425

A margarita in any form is good, but a Snowflake ‘Rita is twice as nice. Smooth tequila, pomegranate, and coconut build up a drink as strong as it is satisfying. Don’t forget about Saltaire’s fantastic “Wine and Brine” all day happy hour on Thursdays for the perfect bites to accompany the ultimate “treat yo’ self” luxury.

Smokehouse Tailgate Grill

587 North Ave, New Rochelle; 914.603.7309

Smokehouse is on the Nice List this year, with two Christmas-themed libations. The Man With the Bag is the adult hot chocolate you’ve prayed for, with Altos Reposado tequila, Swiss Miss cocoa, Xocatl Mole bitters, orange liqueur, and a stitch of dairy topped with marshmallows because duh. The Suffering Santa is capable of growing the Grinch’s heart three sizes, with Blood Monkey gin, Black Dirt Distillery apple jack brandy, spiced cranberry syrup, lemon, Angostura bitters, and ginger beer. How could you not be merry with holiday cocktails like that?

Wood & Fire

59 Marble Ave, Pleasantville; 914.747.2611

If a cozy sweater was served in a coupe glass, it would be Wood & Fire’s latest masterful creation: the Nutella s’mores martini. No, you didn’t just black out, and yes, you heard that correctly. If Absolut vanilla, Nutella, Frangelico, and Baileys didn’t sound good already, the graham cracker rim will take it all to the next level with this holiday cocktail.

 

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Can’t Forget the Rein-BEER!

Wolf & Warrior Brewing Company

195 E Post Rd, White Plains; 914.368.8617

If holiday cocktails aren’t quite your thing, one of Westchester’s best breweries makes sure you’re not left out of the fun. Wolf & Warrior’s winter beer, “Santa Paws,” is a holiday ale with heart. A collaboration among the brewer, designer Laura Damiano, and professional hype woman Jessie Spellmann-Mignone, a portion of the beer’s proceeds are donated to the SPCA of Westchester. It’s a heavy hitter at 6% ABV, so sleigh responsibly.

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