NEW YORK CITY — Snow days are the great opportunity to enjoy a drink without guilt — and a large storm provides the perfect ingredient for a wintry cocktail: snow.
Some of New York City’s mixologists have crafted some cocktails that will help you bring some of the outdoors inside.
Be sure to use clean, freshly-fallen snow and, remember, enjoy snow responsibly.
1 oz Mezcal Ilegal Joven
.5 oz Cabo Wabo Diablo or Kahlua
.5 oz Grand Marnier
Orange rind studded with 2 cloves
Pack the snow into a glass. Pour liquid ingredients over the snow and garnish with the cinnamon stick and orange rind.
Chef and owner Barbara Sibley blends coffee and mezcal in this cocktail that gives a nod to her restaurant’s Mexican heritage.
“Near Mexico City there is a mountain called the Nevado de Toluca. Nevado means snow capped,” she said.
“This cocktail is inspired by the coffee we drink at the top of the mountain, Mexican coffee scented with cinnamon, cloves and orange, served with a shot of Mezcal in it."
Anyone Can Whistle
from Chapter One at 33 Greenwich Ave. in the West Village
1 tsp Hudson Valley Maple Syrup
3 oz Whistle Pig Rye
Grated lemon zest
Make a snowball, approximately three inches in diameter, well-packed. Place the snow ball in a coupe (or rocks glass) and pour the maple syrup directly over the snowball, followed by the lemon zest and the whiskey last.
Chapter One's mixologist Katie O'Donnell said that the recipe's simplicity makes it the perfect snow day cocktail to make at home.
"Any well stocked pantry would have these three ingredients," she said. "Make a few extra snow balls and keep in the freezer."
Cranberry Sour Snocone
from Public at 210 Elizabeth St. in Nolita
2 oz Evan Williams Black Bourbon
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Shake and strain the bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup. Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish the cocktail with freshly-fallen snow packed on top like a snowcone. Add homemade cranberry sauce (recipe below) and thyme sprig
House Made Cranberry Sauce
Place 2 quarts of fresh cranberries in pot with:
1 pint of water
1 pint of sugar
1 sprig of thyme
1 - 2 inch piece of ginger peeled and sliced into large slices
3 – 3 inch strips of orange peels (no pith)
5 cardamom pods
Method: Bring to boil, let simmer 2 minutes. Let cool and place in container in fridge overnight. Remove cardamom, ginger, thyme and orange peel and set in quart containers
Public's mixologist, Hung Nguyen, garnished his popular cocktail with snow rather than pouring the ingredients over the white stuff. The result is a cool, tangy treat that has layers of nuanced flavors.
The Smoking Jacket
by The Runner at 458 Myrtle Ave. in Clinton Hill
2 oz scotch
.5 oz port
2 dashes of Peyshaud's bitters
Mixologist at The Runner in Clinton Hill, Kylie Manning recommends filling a wine glass with light, fresh clean snow that is not firmly packed. Pour the ingredients over the snow and "kiss" the rim of the glass with a little extra snow for garnish.
Snowed In Negroni
by Davio's NYC 447 Lexington Avenue in Midtown East
.5 oz Gin
.25 oz Aperol
.5 oz Prosecco
Burnt orange rind
3 cups of snow
Davios NYC's bar manager Jennifer Schubert concocted this frosty take on a classic cocktail.
"Pack fresh snow tightly into a chilled wine glass. Evenly pour gin and Prosecco over the snow to infuse. Stir lightly with a bar spoon and top with a rounded scoop of fresh snow," she said.
Singe a piece of orange rind over a flame and add it as a garnish. Serve the drink with a soda spoon and enjoy.