New Years Eve Cocktails 2013 In Manhattan or Mixology at Home (Recipes)

New Years Eve Cocktails 2013 In Manhattan or Mixology at Home (Recipes)
New Years Eve Cocktails

Spend New Year’s Eve in Manhattan.  Regardless of where you are, there is a bar, restaurant, or both open and ready to help you bring in 2014.  Even if you are not in New York, don’t let that stop you from indulging in a few New Years Eve Cocktails created by NYC’s hottest restaurants.  In celebration of the New Year, a few of NYC’s favorite neighborhood hot spots are serving up sparkling cocktails sure to bring out the cheer in all of us. From Wall Street to Washington Heights, revelers are invited to ring in 2014 with sparking celebratory sips at Haru, Harding’s, Appetito Ristorante and Rusty Mackerel, or dabble in holiday mixology at home with the following DIY recipes…

 

Berries & Bubbles

Downtown/Wall Street- Haru’s  “Berries & Bubbles”  ($13)

1 Wall St

This sweet twist on classic Prosecco will invigorate the senses and keep you fresh th  roughout the evening.

Recipe:

  • 2 oz Svedka Raspberry
  • .5 oz strawberry schnapps (or strawberry liqueur)
  • 3 oz prosecco
  • Fresh strawberries

 

 

Flat Iron District- Harding’s “Arctic Kiss” from mixologist Derrick Turner ($14)

32 E 21st Street

Make you midnight kiss even sweeter with a unparalleled blend of sparkling wine, vodka, cherry liqueur and fresh fruit.

Recipe:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce cherry liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce sparkling wine
  • 3 cherries
  • 2 strawberries
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup

 

*Muddle the cherries and strawberries; add all remaining ingredients and shake with ice.  Double strain into a sugar rimmed coupe glass and top with sparking wine float.  Garnish with a strawberry.

 

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Midtown-Appetito Ristorante’s “The Flower Poinsettia” ($13)

47 W 39th Street

Paint the town red with this colored cocktail that’s quick to mix and sure to satisfy.

Recipe:

  • 1/2 ounce triple sec orange liqueur
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • Champagne

 

*Pour triple sec and cranberry juice into a chilled Champagne flute, stir well. Top with Champagne.

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Uptown/Washington Heights- Rusty Mackerel’s “Pretty-Mac” from Beverage Director Marcella Anise Smith ($12)

209 Pinehurst Avenue (off 187th Street)

This craft concoction, named for Rusty Mackerel’s owner/chef James “Mac” Moran, will provides a healthy dose of cheer with hits of cherry, ginger, and rose.

Recipe:

  • 1oz rose geranium simple syrup
  • 2oz crabbies ginger beer
  • .25oz lemon juice
  • 1 spoonful brandied cherry juice
  • Fill with sparkling wine
  • Garnish with brandied cherry

 

 

Cocktails and Subways: Bourbon Street Bar

Cocktails and Subways

So I am starting a new series called Cocktails and Subways on the site. When I think of Happy Hour in New York, I think of passing out in the train station, lolll.  *shrugs* Sometimes we let the Happy Hour specials get the best of us.  We leave the bar with good intentions on making it home; next thing you know the comforts of the ground in the subway station appear comfy enough for us to fall out, lolll.  Well on a positive note, I would much rather you all sleep it off in the station than to get behind the wheel.  So with that being said, I will feature my favorite watering holes from around the city.

This week in Cocktails and Subways: Bourbon Street Bar located on restaurant row in the NYC theater district.  I did a review here on the food, and now am featuring the drinks.

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Ok, as you all can see I tried several of the drinks… and some I tried two or three times over just to be sure I didn’t miss anything, lolll.  So you all already know that Bourbon Street Grill is my new favorite NYC bar and restaurant.  I absolutely love their $5 Happy Hour specials that are not only big in size, but strong in taste.  The food is also very tasty, but again lets just focus on our thirst.

 

Bourbon Street Swamp Juice- A sweet swampy mix of Malibu, Vodka, Melon Liqueur, and Pineapple Juice.

Gold Margarita- Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila and Triple Sec shaken together with lemon and lime juice and a touch of sugar syrup served on the rocks.

Bourbon Street’s Famous $5 Hurricane- Light and dark rum, orange juice and pineapple juice with a touch of Grenadine.

 

I remember trying the above quenching beverages and being in company with good friends.   I remember the conversation rolling down my cheeks, and glistening in the low lights of the dim bar.  Ambiance…. we laughed, and laughed, and dranked, and dranked, and LIVED!!!!  I don’t know the real reason for leaving the bar…. maybe physical limitations or the room started to spin.  Gosh, we had a wonderful time.  Life was so simple at Bourbon Street Bar and Grille.

In all honesty, I can’t pick a favorite.  Next time I venture back, I will try the Dark N’ Stormy.  I think that this restaurant is brilliant little jewel.  Please, experience it for yourself :)

 

Bourbon Street Bar

346 W 46th St  New York, NY 10036
(212) 245-2030

Club Review: 40/40 Club

Ok, so I was on my New York Adventure circuit on Saturday. My girlfriend had a party at the 40/40 club and I had a great ole time. She reserved one of the private rooms and I must say I was thoroughly impressed. I was so impressed I called them up the very next day to reserve a room for my birthday in November.

For those who have never been it’s free to get in but the prices for everything is high as giraffe’s pussy. I spent $17.50 on a butterscotch martini the other $2.50 went to tip… so that would be $20 for one drink. Imma keep it real I’m not a baller, not broke, and I am damn sure not trying to keep up with the Jones’.

However back to the plus side of this club… I HAD A FREAKIN GREAT TIME! This club sorta reminded me of the Century Club back in L.A. before it turned ghetto. The majority of the people in 40/40 were attractive. No HOMO but there was some sexy ass broads up in the 40/40 (me being the main one, *winks*) lolll.

The D.J. was on point too… great music choice, he even managed to slide in a Luke “It’s your birthday” song. I recommend everyone cash in their coins at coinstarr and check this club out, lolll.