Whether you’re spending the holidays solo, with family, or simply taking advantage of the fact that the city’s emptier than the liquor cabinet after your estranged uncle came to town last year, chances are you’re going to need a stiff drink — or five — come Turkey Day. Well, Brooklyn, be thankful: We’ve compiled a short-list of four seasonal boozy beverages to make it even easier for you to get lightly toasted this Thanksgiving. Drink it in!
The Port Of Call
A cocktail truly ideal for Thanksgiving time, this shaken elixir combines gin, ruby port, lemon, cinnamon bark syrup, a dash of aromatic bitters and cranberry preserve — all poured over ice — to create the perfect blend of sweet, tart, boozy and refreshing, with crisp and fresh notes of autumn.
Clover Club [210 Smith St. between Baltic and Butler streets in Cobble Hill, (718)855-7939]. Cost: $12. For info visit www.cloverclubny.com.
The Headless Horseman
In the mood for something hot, spicy and a little bit more adventurous than your average mulled wine or spiked apple cider? Head for the Drink for a Headless Horseman, a stewed mix of Weller bourbon with pink peppercorns, maple syrup, fresh pumpkin juice, vanilla black tea, chicory, lemon juice and grapefruit juice. This hot cocktail will warm you to the core — and its citrus notes will surely ward off any signs of scurvy (the bar is, after all, a nautical-themed Williamsburg watering hole). If pumpkin and maple isn’t your bag, try the Espolon Tequila-tinged Smoke on the Water, featuring Sandeman’s Tawny Port, lapsang suchong smoked green tea syrup, lime juice, xoclatal mole bitters.
The Drink [228 Manhattan Ave. between Maujer and Grand streets in Williamsburg, (718) 782-8463]. Cost: $5. For info, visit www.thedrinkbrooklyn.com.
Apples to Apples
Fans of classic hot cider will flock to Five Leaves in Williamsburg for this seasonal offering made with apple cider; Laird’s Applejack brandy; cinnamon; cloves; and Averna, a liqueur infused with herbs, citrus and caramel flavors. This steaming hot beverage will clear your sinuses, banish any lingering late-autumn colds, and make you feel like you’re actually drinking a slice of warm apple pie — if it were extremely alcoholic.
Five Leaves [18 Bedford Ave. at N. 12th Street in Williamsburg, (718) 383-5345]. Cost: $11. For info, visit www.fiveleavesny.com.
Post Road Pumpkin Ale
You can never go wrong with a nice frosty bottle of beer — especially when it’s brewed right here in Brooklyn, and has seasonally-appropriate notes of pumpkin. Post Road Pumkin Ale is brewed with pumpkin mash, and features a warm, biscuity malt center that goes perfectly with seasonal foods like turkey, pie, potatoes and root veggies. Drink up, because once November’s over, you’ll have to wait until next August this specialty brew to return!
Brooklyn Brewery [79 N. 11th St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 486-7422]. Friday happy hour, 6–11 pm. For info, visit www.brooklynbrewery.com.
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