Watering Holes for Both The Rogue & Gentleman
Christmas Cocktails at The Waldorf & Bedford Inn
So, a rogue and a gentleman walk into a bar. You may think this ends with some contrived punchline including a lady’s dignity defended, many a gin glass toppling to the floor and pocket squares being thrown about like exaggerated generational suffix’s at Christmas dinner – but such is not the case.
Rogues and Gentlemen can get along in most environments but when a night on the town is at stake, normally paltry differences in taste and atmosphere draw a line in the sand. Don’t risk a friendship over a cocktail, borough or brew, simply go your separate yet equally delightful ways. And what do you know, we’ve provided two such venues for the discriminating rogue or gentleman.
In the spirit of the holiday’s, we’re going with the gentleman’s option first.
Nothing is more quintessential New York than Christmas season at the Waldorf Astoria. The hustle & bustle of starry eyed tourists soaking in the atmosphere while ambling about in questionable footwear. Manhattan natives taking long, languishing sips of their cocktails with an inherent air of authority. The history that envelops them all, combining past & present in an impeccably curated hotel and bar where silver screen legends and literary greats may very well have sat in the same seat you’re occupying.
Another benefit of spending time at the Waldorf is enjoying the company of Frank – the master bartender who personally crafts each seasonal cocktail. While it’s hard to choose a favorite, the Jaded Grasshopper was our illustrious editor’s pick.
Behold, the Waldorf holiday favorite that competes with the delights of mistletoe.
1. oz. Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka
1 oz. Drambuie
.50 oz. White Crème de Cocoa
.50 oz. Green Crème de Menthe
1 oz. Heavy Cream
1. Place all ingredients into mixing glass, add ice.
2. Shake well, strain into chilled martini glass.
3. Add dark chocolate shavings as garnish.
If you’re feeling a bit too roguish for a casual dalliance at the Waldorf, hop on a subway from mid Manhattan to the streets of Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn. You’ll walk a short distance along the main drag before arriving at the The Bedford, an American gastropub fiercely dedicated to eclectic food and music that will warmly take you in, even sans dinner jacket.
The interior sets a different mood than the Waldorf, sparse lighting illuminates the rough hewn floor juxtaposed against the sleek silhouettes of the bar and tables. While the decor is intentionally minimal with hints of a rustic aesthetic, the drinks and fare take on a more lavish note. Any other month we’d cozy up to the bar and promptly order their Manhattan, but since it’s the most wonderful time of the year we highly suggest the Bedford Egg Nogg, a celebration unto it’s own.
Bedford Egg Nogg
6 large egg yolks
3 cups granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups heavy cream
1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 bottle Jim Beam
1/2 liter Coke
1. Whisk egg and 1 cup granulated sugar together in a bowl.
2. In a pot, mix milks and remaining granulated sugar over heat until it just starts to boil, remove from heat.
3. Mix eggs and milk mixture together, slowly so eggs don’t cook.
4. Bring to a boil again, continuously mixing, lower to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
5. Add vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and mix, let chill.
6. Add bourbon and coke.
7. Whisk together cream and confectioners sugar to soft peaks to add to glass.
And there you have it, two decadent options that won’t leave you lamenting a wasted night.
Just remember, regardless of your being a rogue or gentleman, generously tipping your bartender is always in good taste.
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