Just because temps dropped doesn’t mean we’ve officially jumped into winter. The fall season doesn’t end until December 21st, so why get ahead of ourselves? Continue to fall-ify your cocktails with this rich and flavorful ingredient – maple syrup.
Tomorrow is National Maple Syrup day, so taste these 7 maple syrup-laced cocktails in NYC – it’s not just for pancakes.
Nor’Easter at Maysville
Your beverage of choice must include bourbon at a bourbon bar. Maysville’s “mixing” owner, Sean Josephs has enhanced classic whiskey cocktails by plainly adding all things that taste best with light and dark bourbons. Served in a highball glass, the Nor’Easter is shaken with Old Crow bourbon, a lighter American whiskey, fresh lime juice, Vermont maple syrup and Regatta Ginger Beer – A simple, lightly sweetened example of a Dark ’n Stormy due to added maple syrup straight from its Vermont home. 17 West 26th St., 646-490-8240, maysvillenyc.com, @maysvillenyc
Black Widow at TAVO
The TAVO doors are officially open in the West Village. Entrepreneur Francisco Decrescenzo and Chef Julieta Ballesteros (Crema) bring contemporary global cuisine with a Latin flare to its warm, 70-seat space inspired by the chef’s and owner’s individual travels. The cocktail program by Giancarlo Reyes offers a large list of liquors, including the once banned Bison Grass Vodka, and rare ingredients like activated charcoal. Sip the Black Widow, created with Bulleit Rye, activated charcoal, smoked maple syrup, meyer lemon, egg white, raspberry and angostura bitters. 615 Hudson St., 917-675-6454, tavonyc.com, @tavo_nyc
Guilty Pleasure III at The Eddy
At The Eddy, guests can choose from a lengthy drink list featuring various French wines and globally-accented cocktails prepared by head bartender Luis Hernandez, and served in funky glassware. A fall specialty is the Guilty Pleasure III – made with Black Bottle scotch, apple liquor, galangal switchel, matcha and maple-sesame, topped with star anise and poured into a teacup. The seasonal American food is delicious, so splurge on the five-course tasting menu (totally worth a bite of everything). The restaurant is quite romantic too; do consider it a date spot. 342 East 6th St., 646-895-9884, theeddynyc.com, @theeddynyc
Canadian Breakfast at Wallflower
The Eddy’s stylish sister, Wallflower, knows cocktails and seasonal French fare. Hang out at this high-end West Village watering-hole where a pricey tasting menu is available under a chic tin ceiling. Try the Canadian Breakfast cocktail with Elijah Craig bourbon, Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Oloroso sherry and smoked maple syrup. 235 West 12th St at Greenwich Ave., 646-682-9842, wallflowernyc.com, @wallflowernyc
Rico’s Old Fashioned #2 at Le Coq Rico
The feathered Flatiron District bistro by three Michelin-starred, French Chef Antoine Westermann specializes in sophisticated whole-animal poultry dishes and bartender-driven drinks inspired by the booming New York City cocktail scene. Drink this maple coq’tail – Rico’s Old Fashioned #2 con-coq-ed with Remy Martin 1738 Cognac, rye, rosemary and maple syrup. 30 East 20th St., 212-267-7426, lecoqriconyc.com, @lecoqriconyc
Maple Manhattan at Carmine’s
Everyone loves to dine at Carmine’s. The reason is because it’s a bustling restaurant with massive portions of traditional Southern Italian dishes served family style – definitely ideal for families visiting the Big Apple. Fill up on platters of homestyle antipasto, pasta, decadent seafood and meat entrees, and of course, homemade desserts – just like Sunday supper at grandma’s house. With more than wine, Carmine’s offers the seasonal cocktails curated with Italian-based spirits. This fall season, enjoy the Maple Manhattan with Knob Creek Bourbon, maple syrup, Fernet Branca, an Italian amaro, and a lemon twist. 200 West 44th St., 212-221-3800; 2450 Broadway, 212-362-2200, www.carminesnyc.com, @carminesnyc
Castagno at Sant Ambroeus
Before hitting the road for the holidays, say farewell to your dearest friends at one of three vibrant Sant Ambroeus locations in Manhattan. Instead of a cappuccino, chat over a Castagno – chestnut puree, maple syrup, Bayou Select rum and apple cider reduction, garnished with an apple slice and served in a martini glass. Raise ‘em up and toast to a new year to come.
Multiple locations, www.santambroeus.com, @santambroeus