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These Holiday Cocktails Will Get You Into the Spirit in Westchester

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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.

Bellacosa Wine and Tapas Bar

147 Main St, Dobbs Ferry; 914.693.6259

Salted caramel decadence is the name of the game of this drink that will have you counting the minutes down until 5 p.m. (with a salted caramel latte in your hand, probably). High West rye bourbon mingles with salted caramel liqueur and the gentlest splash of cream for a holiday cocktail full of flavor and character.

Company Chophouse & Grill

7 Madison Ave, Larchmont; 914.341.1171

Santa may deliver on Christmas, but Company Chophouse delivers the rest of the month and beyond. The trifecta of cheer, they’re slinging not one, but three on-theme cocktails this season: the jingle juice, the blizzard margarita, and the eggnog old fashion (Makers Mark, Frangelico, stirred into classic eggnog, natch). If you triple fist, we won’t tell—you’re our new hero.

 

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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, Kahlua, and espresso—just enough curated sweetness to partake in the good tidings, without feeling like you just swished around mouthwash.

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Milton Point Provisions

615 Milton Rd, Rye; 914.925.9800

For holiday-loving purists, a custom curated Spanish Manhattan is calling your name. The Makers Mark gets the party started, but the real showstopper is the Spanish vermouth, specially sourced and imported by owner Monty Gerrish (because he knows a guy, duh). This is not your standard vermouth—it’s rich, balsamic sweetness ties this drink together with the sparkiest of bows. Best believe this holiday cocktail will keep you warm in the winter.

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Sam’s of Gedney Way

52 Gedney Way, White Plains; 914.949.0978

While Spritz SZN is traditionally the warmer months, Sam’s of Gedney Way is challenging 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 Christmas margarita is twice as nice. Smooth Don Julio Blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh muddled cranberries, lime juice, and agave 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, xocatle mole bitters, orange liqueur, and a stich of diary topped with marshmallows because duh. The Suffering Santa (literally same) is capable of growing the Grinch’s heart three sizes, with Blood Monkey gin, Black Dirt Distillery apple jack brandy, spiced cranberry syrup, lemon, ango bitters, and ginger beer. How could you not be merry after that?

Wood & Fire

59 Marble Ave, Pleasantville; 914.747.2611

If a cozy sweater was served in a coup 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 liquor isn’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, the Quantified Theory, is a Belgian quadruple ale with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit—ideal for the winter months ahead of us. Here’s the exciting insider scoop: Wolf & Warrior will be dropping its imperial IPA, “The Wolf of White Plains,” on Christmas Eve. It’s a heavy hitter at 9.5% ABV, so sleigh responsibly.

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