Winter is coming to Brooklyn. This translates to shorter days, cooler temperatures, and more public frowns. With the help of a wintry cocktail or two, it can also mean a warm, satisfied feeling deep in your core. If you find yourself in Brooklyn this winter, weather the cold and beat the blues with the warming liquid courage these drinks deliver.
Clarified Milk Punch at Esme
If you like eggnog, chances are you’ll dig Esme’s Clarified Milk Punch. Introduced as part of the Greenpoint bar’s draft cocktail program, the creamy, warming beverage is flavored with hints of applejack, ginger, and hibiscus. Unlike eggnog, with its holiday-specific spices, Clarified Milk Punch feels appropriate to drink all winter long.
999 Manhattan Avenue; (718) 383-0999
Frontier Toddy at Clover Club
With its warming fireplace and cozy environs, Cobble Hill’s Clover Club is a natural winter watering hole. This notion is further reinforced by the bar’s winter warmer menu, which features the Frontier Toddy. This twist on a classic toddy combines High West Double rye, Smith & Cross Rum, Angostura amara, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, and hot water. Clover Club is a five-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn.
210 Smith Street; (718) 855-7939
Ginger Grant at Butter and Scotch
Like Clover Club, cocktail-and-dessert bat Butter and Scotch has a dedicated winter drink menu. The Ginger Grant, a patron favorite, derives its bold, spiced flavor from Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur. Fresh lime juice and a hearty dose of honey work to smooth things out.
818 Franklin Avenue; (347) 350-8899
Log Cabin at The Vanderbilt
If The Vanderbilt’s comfort food and neighborhood vibes aren’t enough to convince you it’s a good winter hangout, the Log Cabin cocktail might. This winter wonder of a drink packs a punch, thanks to Jim Beam bourbon, Ardbeg scotch, Pedro Ximenez sherry, and allspice dram liqueur. A twist of lemon keeps the drink from tasting like pure liquor. This Prospect Heights haunt is a mile from NU Hotel Brooklyn.
570 Vanderbilt; (718) 623-0570
Maple Rum Toddy at Battery Harris
Whereas the Log Cabin feels like a place to hunker down for the winter, Battery Harris is somewhere you can go to pretend winter isn’t taking place. But a believable island theme doesn’t stop this Williamsburg bar from serving warming winter cocktails, like its signature Maple Rum Toddy. Maple syrup is essential to this winter beverage, which combines Earl Grey tea, Gosling’s rum, lemon, and a wintry spice blend.
64 Frost Street; (718) 384-8900