An essential list of the coziest, most comforting New York foods you can’t (in good conscience) miss out on eating this holiday season…
#31: Hott Wassail at The Drink: Start with a cup of steamy, spicy apple cider-based wassail at this jaunty nautical-themed bar, and end up springing for a whole bowl of one of the many other accessibly boozy concoctions on the punch menu.
Allie Zempel, 27, from Brooklyn’s The Drink, made us what might be the quintessential Thanksgiving punch—one guaranteed to impress partiers accustomed classic wine-based punches.
1. The Trade Winds and The Smoke on the Water, The Drink, 228 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
The team at this Williamsburg locale stop at nothing for the freshly squeezed juices and house-made syrups that populate the punch-heavy menu. For the Trade Winds, pumpkin is juiced with an extractor before meeting a chai tea and dried chili pepper syrup and coming head to head with scotch and solera sherry for a rich and smoky buzz. In the Smoke on The Water, earthy lapsang souchong syrup — a simple syrup made with lapsang souchong smoked green tea — balances nutty tawny port and bold tequila notes.
A couple weeks ago, a little birdie told us that the owners of a New York bar called The Drink were among the millions of thirsty minds swept up by Martini Madness. On Twitter, the saloon’s management asked, “Seriously can we just sit around and argue about martinis all day?” Disinclined to regard the question as merely rhetorical, I made an appointment to sit around and argue about martinis with The Drink’s mom-and-pop owners. In a barroom decorated to suit the tastes of a vintage drunken sailor, I heard the tale of their mixed-martini marriage.
The Trade Winds at the Drink
From lattes to lagers, pumpkin-laced beverages abound this time of year. Few balance the flavor as expertly as this punch, which gets its essence from a freshly juiced baking variety.
At The Drink, a charming Williamsburg bar, Allison Zempel, a bartender and manager, has created the Trade Winds — a balanced, pumpkin-laced punch that’s a little sweet, a little sour, a little tangy and livened up with a good kick of spice.
Besides the punch, what’s The Drink’s major draw? The spacious white-washed back patio, a welcome reprieve for those thirsting for some quality time set outdoors.
I know you seen me on the video (true).
At least now, anyway. Our friends at The Fader stopped by for a quick lesson in one of Adam’s favorite frozen treats that they just happened to get on film. Check it out below, and hop over to their website for the full recipes from us, as well as perennial favorites Robertas, The Sakkett and Momofuku Noodle Bar.
Summer in New York is a special thing: it means being constantly sweaty, sticking to the seats on the subway, and praying for central air. There are a few places around town helping with the quest to stay cool and make the heat enjoyable. These bars are serving up crisply cold booze in bowls, carafes, pitchers, and pineapples, making sharing easy and cheap. Without further ado and just in time for summer, here’s a list of the 12 best places to share some big ass drinks in NYC.
This East Williamsburg watering hole specializes in punches and drinks for sharing. With inspired names and recipes like The “Dutch Rudder,” made with Damrak gin, Bols genever, cherry juice, vanilla tea, lemon, and spiced cranberry bitters, all the punches are available for $5 a cup or $43 for a bowl which serves ten.
From the salvaged wood and fishing paraphernalia that lines the room, to the potent punches and simple coastal cuisine, this place could easily be perched on a dock somewhere in New England, but thankfully for us, it is right here in Williamsburg.