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The Best Places for Cold-Weather Cocktails

Franklyn Riley
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Concierge, Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York
Franklyn Riley
Concierge, Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York
One Central Park West
212.299.1000

If comfort food and cold weather go together like peanut butter and jelly, who’s to say cold-weather cocktails don’t fit somewhere in the mix? Franklyn Riley, concierge at Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York, shares his top picks for the best places to warm up with a few cold-weather cocktails. First up, he suggests a trip to David Burke Kitchen in The James New York hotel. “During a recent visit to the bar at this popular SoHo hotspot, I asked the bartender to make me a ‘Hot Toddy,’ which I was told is very good there,” Riley says. The warm beverage at this downtown destination is brewed in a cona coffee maker with sliced green apples and cinnamon sticks.  “The aroma of the brewing cider creates a warm, hospitable feel and, because it is spiked with cachaça—a distilled spirit made from sugarcane, it is said to help fight off colds,” he continues. In the West Village, the modern Chinese restaurant Red Farm boasts an eclectic mix of cocktails—with creative concoctions containing everything from muddled fresh blackberries to Infused Jalapeño Silver Tequila. “I sat at the cozy bar downstairs and ordered a ‘Red Farm Manhattan,’” Riley says. “The drink consists of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Antica Vermouth and bitters. The ingredients are shaken in a cocktail shaker by the very knowledgeable bartender to create a smooth blend, which surprisingly warms you as it goes down smoothly.” Grown-ups might discover a bit of childhood nostalgia once they try the ‘Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream’ at Gramercy Tavern. “It is one of the most popular winter drinks at this popular restaurant and bar.” Riley says. For a bit of a kick, Riley suggests spiking the beverage with a shot of Stoli Vanil Vodka. “It will provide a warm and decadent taste with every sip. Excellent with brunch during the cold New York winter, especially this year!”