Warming Drinks: Hot Cocktails From The Catskills
It’s wintertime in the Catskills, which means you’ll finally have an excuse to indulge in some hot and boozy drinks by the fire. Whether you’re looking to kickstart your morning before a day on the slopes, or for an afternoon pick-me-up in between pie baking and board games, here’s something sweet, spicy, tangy, and caffeinated from the area’s greatest drinking dens that will help you combat the winter chill.
Prospect has one of the best hot toddies upstate. Bourbon, lemon juice, honey syrup and salers aperitif are added to a mug of hot water, which is then steeped with a tea bag and topped with a dash of cinnamon. Drink this toddy as you gaze across the snowy mountain valley, a game of backgammon in hand.
FROM DEER MOUNTAIN INN
The Deer Mountain Inn has the hot bourbon cider of your dreams. This comfort cocktail - a blend of bourbon, walnut liqueur and cider, elevated by allspice, cinnamon, and clove, is meant to be enjoyed any day, any time.
FROM THE PINES
This Italian mulled wine from The Pines is sweet and spicy with highlights of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and star anise that add depth to a blend of brandy, montepulciano, and rakomelo. Steeped with honey and topped with an orange peel, it’s best served warm after a long day of skiing and sledding.
FROM BRUSHLAND EATING HOUSE
Brushland’s coffee cocktail is perfect for a brisk Saturday morning alongside hearty baked eggs and a roaring fire. Featuring Cardamaro, bourbon, simple syrup, drip coffee, whipping cream and sugar, it’s the ideal treat to sip and repeat.
By Christina Cherry | Illustrations by Alyssa Kiefer