There’s extra warmth in these holiday cocktails, and sitting at the bar brings a new sense of comfort when surrounded by family and friends. Across the East End, restaurants are filling their menus with special cheer, a treat that screams ‘tis the season.
On the South Fork, Calissa in Water Mill has an Amarcord with Hennessy VSOP, Grand Marnier, apple, and brandied cherry. Wölffer Kitchen, at both the Sag Harbor and Amagansett locations, serves a bourbon thyme cocktail with Bulleit and fresh lemon. At The Clubhouse in East Hampton, try a Godiva chocolate martini with Grey Goose La Vanille, Godiva liqueur, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. At East Hampton Grill, try the Smuggler’s Old-Fashioned with Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum, blood orange, and Angostura aromatic bitters.
Over on the North Fork, The Frisky Oyster in Greenport has a Beast of Bourbon with Old Forester, Breeze Hill Farm cider, lemon, and Fever-Tree ginger ale. Also in Greenport, try the Merchant’s Mistress with Maker’s Mark bourbon, peach puree, thyme, and merlot float from The Menhaden. At First and South, enjoy a chamomile scotch sour with Oban 14-year scotch, chamomile, Vermont maple, and fresh lemon. Over at Brix & Rye, taste the New York Sour with rye whiskey, lemon, egg white, and red wine. Then enjoy something different at The Halyard in Greenport with a Mariner’s Coffee with Tia Maria liqueur and whipped cream. Tweed’s in Riverhead has an espresso martini with Stoli Vanilla, Kahlúa, and espresso.