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Happy National Hot Toddy Day!

Drink up you boozehounds, January 11 is National Hot Toddy day. If you're nursing a cold, feeling frigid in this chilly weather, or simply want to find a new cocktail, this drink is just the thing. It's traditionally mixed with whiskey, spices, and hot water. We've found places that serve a Hot Toddy the classic way, and also bars that add their own spin. If nothing there piques your interest, try making one at home—we've got the recipes!

299 Madison Avenue #14 New York, NY 10017

420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

Word on the street is these guys make a mean Hot Toddy—you've just got to ask for one if you don't see it on the menu. Served with clove-studded lemon, tea, whiskey, and honey.

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Top of the World: Top 5 Winter Friendly Rooftops

Looking for a reprieve from the cold and blustery city streets? Nix the haul of traveling to ski resorts and cozy up right in your hometown hub. With spectacular views, amazing decor, and warming drinks, we've rounded up the best winter-friendly rooftops in New York City to keep your winter spirits high and your bellies full.

Haven Rooftop: Recently, the Haven Rooftop turned into a Ski Chalet for the winter. Scurrying through the crowds are sexy ski bunnies, better known as waitresses, serving the perfect cocktails to battle the winter doldrums. Warm up with the Ultimate Irish Coffee, a Candy Cane Martini, and Yule Mule n Shot Ski's with Russian Standard Platinum. To top it off, the place actually looks like a legit ski lodge, complete with snow, Christmas trees, and even skis.

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We Like It Hot

The best way to warm up this time of year is by heating up your insides with a delicious hot spiked bevy. We've rounded up the tastiest, most unique hot cocktails around the city for you to try out at home or at the bar, from hot ciders to teas to everything inbetween! Cheers!

Bourbon Cream (Served at KTCHN)

2 ½ oz. Old Forester bourbon

1 oz. heavy cream

½ oz. cinnamon syrup

Steamed hot and sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg, and raw sugar.

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Get Patriotic with Tasty Fourth of July Cocktails

New York City is bustling with great watering holes so it's really not necessary to skip town for the holiday. If you're hanging around this week, check out this list of great 4th of July cocktails served up at great local bars. Sad to be missing out? Don't worry, we also have some DIY recipes for some patriotic 'tails.

Williamsburg’s MyMoon, serves a Red, White and Blue Sangria ($8 glass, $30 carafe) made with Maprecco Vinho Verde (white wine) and topped with strawberries and blueberries. The drink is also extremely aromatic thanks to the addition of Capel Pisco, a floral brandy made with Muscat grapes. Enjoy it on MyMoon’s sprawling outdoor patio.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Last Minute V-Day Plans

From cruises, to beers, and all the way to Puerto Rico, we've got plenty of options for you to try out this Valentine's Day! Nothing here strike your fancy? Check out our V-Day options for every personality here.

World Yacht is offering up two special packages for the romantic couple. Their Sweetheart Package ($90/person or $180/couple) includes a three-course dinner as well as choice of dessert, along with DJ entertainment and a rose for all couples. Step it up a notch with their Romance Package ($125/person or $250/couple), which includes a three-course dinner, a chef's sampling of dessert, a live band, champagne toast, a single rose and a complimentary souvenir photo. The cruise sets sail Feb. 11th, 12th, and 14th from 6-10pm from Pier 81. Purchase your tickets here.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Don't Drop the Ball Before the Ball Drops

New York Cruise Lines is offering a night to remember aboard Duchess World Yacht to ring in 2012. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and Statue of Liberty, a premium open bar, DJ, dancing, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. There will be a five course dinner, as well. $350 tickets can be purchased here now.

Lounge out at The Carnegie Club with sophistication for NYE with a cocktail and cigar in your hand. Listen to the Stan Rubin II Piece Orchestra and Steve Maglio playing Sinatra from 10pm to1am. There is a premium open bar, champagne toast, desserts, and party favors, all for $225.

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RECAP: Thanksgiving Food Specials & Fall Cocktails

Partake in the holiday spirit and check out some great Thanksigiving day specials and fab fall cocktails.

Madison & Vine is offering up a to-die-for Thanksgiving menu at $45/person. Choose from an appetizer of butternut squash and pumpkin bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds or a fall salad of frisse and seasonal greens (with roquefort cheese, maple glazed walnuts, warm bacon vinaigrette). Move on to the entree, where you can choose from roasted turkey with mashed taters, candied sweet potatoes, haricot vert, cornbread, stuffing, cranberry orange relish...basically, the works. Or you can opt for slow roasted prime rib with mashed potatoes, sauteed baby veggies, with a delicious port wine sauce. Still not enough options for you? They also offer white truffle ravioli with toasted pine nuts in a brown butter sage sauce. Dessert brings more goodies in the form of pumpkin pie a la mode or hot apple pot pie, also a la mode.