CityEats’ Picks: Winter Cocktails
With the temperature dropping, there’s nothing better than a winter cocktail to warm you up. From a hot toddy to a classic bourbon-spiked cider, here are CityEats’ 10 favorite winter cocktails.
Prado 86 from Green Russell (Denver)In a swanky underground lair in downtown Denver, Green Russell presents the ideal cure for winter chill. The Prado 86 offers the warmth and kicked-up smokiness of Sombra mezcal and black-pepper syrup, balanced with the brightness of fresh-pressed pineapple juice, blood-orange juice and orange liqueur. 960 1280
Lime Light from Luma on Park (Winter Park, FL)Taking full advantage of both citrus and peppermint, Winter Park favorite sipping spot Luma on Park has invented the Lime Light. The drink features a bold combination of wasabi vodka, lime, cucumber, peppermint, lemon and ground red peppercorn that make for a perfectly sweet, spicy and refreshing winter libation. 960 1280
Snowflake from Hyde Bellagio (Las Vegas)Hyde Bellagio’s Snowflake is a delicate and pure drink that packs an icy bite thanks to a splash of liquid nitrogen. Served in a glass “frosted” by freshly fallen coconut “snowflakes” and sweetened with Malibu rum, the cocktail is as delicious to sip as it is to admire. 960 1280
The Old Twelfth Night from South Water Kitchen (Chicago)Chicago’s South Water Kitchen combines potent 101-proof bourbon (Wild Turkey 101), apple brandy, lemon juice and thyme syrup in its The Old Twelfth Night cocktail to create a steaming wintery concoction perfect for combating the winter blues. 960 1280
Hot Chocolate Mark from Top of the Mark (San Francisco)Warm up with this adult hot chocolate, served at Top of the Mark in San Francisco’s iconic InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel. Made with crème de menthe and peach liqueur, the Hot Chocolate Mark doubles as a cocktail and dessert. Garnished with red chili for an extra kick. 960 1280
Kith and Kin from Cusp Dining and Drinks (La Jolla, CA)Kith and Kin is Old English for “friends and family,” making this cool-weather sipper perfect for entertaining. Created by bartender Nate Howell, this cocktail is packed with seasonal ingredients, including cinnamon-infused pear cordial, yellow Chartreuse, cognac, fresh grapefruit, agave and hot water. 960 1280
The Ginseng Glow from Middle Branch (New York)In China, ginseng is commonly used as a warming agent, so Lucinda Sterling of New York’s Middle Branch decided to take advantage. To make her Ginseng Glow, Sterling combines rum, lime juice and Aperol with ginseng tea powder. 960 1280
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Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New YorkThese legendary links spend 40 minutes in the oven before they’re dropped into a red sauce made with fresh tomatoes, fennel seed and a secret mix of spices known only to the restaurant’s chef-owner Francesco Buffa. 960 1280
VarenikiA Ukrainian contribution to Russian cuisine, vareniki are square- or crescent-shaped dumplings filled with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cheese, cabbage, meat or hard-boiled egg, or a combination of those ingredients. They're typically served smothered with butter and fried onions. What could be better? 960 1280
Russian AppetizersTraditional appetizers found on the Russian dining table include (clockwise from top): blini with red caviar; a variety of smoked fish, including salmon, butterfish and paddlefish; and Olivier salad. Moscow’s Ermitage Hotel is the birthplace of the famous Olivier salad, which is made of boiled potatoes with some combination of pickles, capers, peas, carrots, celery, egg, chicken, fish or ham, and sometimes caviar. The tang and crunch of the salad is embraced by a smooth mayonnaise dressing, adding a creamy texture. 960 1280
Russian CakesWhich of these 3 Russian cakes will soothe your sweet tooth the most? Will it be (clockwise from bottom) medovnik, a traditional Russian honey cake; a spongy cake with vanilla cream, apricots, prunes, raisins and nuts; or Napoleon cake, which layers flaky puff pastry with cream and nuts? 960 1280
Russian PastriesBreakfast, dessert and special holidays call for pastries in Russia. Among the popular varieties are (clockwise from top) traditional poppy-seed rolls; sochnik, a puff pastry filled with sweet cheese and raisins; and tiny pechenie cookies with fruit filling. 960 1280
PelmeniThese small, minced-meat-filled dumplings are a staple of Russian cuisine. Sometimes served in a broth, pelmeni are also eaten plain with sour cream or melted butter on top. Fillings include veal, pork, lamb or Siberian meat (a combination of veal and pork). Their thin shells set them apart from other Russian dumplings, as do their always-savory fillings. 960 1280
Italian Beef SandwichDid You Know? Meatless Italian bread soaked in the juice of Italian beef served with peppers or giardiniera is known in some places as "Soakers" or "Juice-ons".
Dish 1: Italian Beef Sandwich
Where: Al's Beef, 1079 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 960 1280
The Salt Lick BBQDid You Know? In the 16th century, Native Americans showed Spanish settlers how to slow-smoke meat to a state of tender, juicy deliciousness.
Dish 2: Hill Country Texas BBQ
Where: The Salt Lick BBQ, 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619 960 1280
Fried ChickenDid You Know? People have fried their food since Roman times. But the southern fried chicken we know and love didn’t become popular until the 1700’s, when Scottish immigrants brought the cooking technique to America.
Dish 3: Fried Chicken
Where: Yoder's, 3434 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL 34239 960 1280
Crawfish FeastDid You Know? Each year, Louisiana fisherman haul in 80 million pounds of crawfish for local boils.
Dish 4: Crawfish Feast
Where: Hot 'n Juicy Crawfish, 4810 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102 960 1280
Juicy Lucy at Matt'sDid You Know? Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the meat patty rather than on top.
Dish 5: Juicy Lucy
Where: Matt's Bar, 3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417-2648 960 1280
Juicy Lucy at 5-8 ClubDid You Know? While Matt's and 5-8 battle over who invented the Juicy Lucy, other restaurants have gone on to create Lucys with a variety of fillings.
Dish 6: Juicy Lucy
Where: 5-8 Club, 5800 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55417-2648 960 1280