After being cooped up at home due to frigid temperatures and the snow squall this week, people were anxious to get out soon as the temperatures started to rise. Winter Warmer NYC at the Brooklyn Expo Center offered fun ways to combat cabin fever including spiked drinks, tasty treats, and Instagrammable photo-ops.
There’s no better way to warm up from a brisk Brooklyn walk than a cozy cocktail. Hochstadter’s Slow & Low, a rye whiskey Old Fashioned in a bottle, was used to make Old Fashioned Cocktails and Hot Toddies at the festival. Attendees could even choose an adventure tea to spice up their Hot Toddy from the original.
Hokkaido Brewing from Japan is changing up the craft beer industry with their Japanese-style beers. Their fruits are harvested in Otaru, Japan, to give each beer a unique flavor. The Peach White Ale is brewed with Yamanashi peaches for a sweet and fruity flavor. The Yuzu Lager is brewed with Yuzu citrus fruit from Umaji in Kochi, Japan and it’s aroma and taste are similar to a grapefruit. Niagara Ale is made using white grapes from Yoichi, Hokkaido, resembling a delicate glass of Moscato. Follow Hokkaido Brewing to find out when they are coming to a store near you, they are worth hunting down.
Tommyrotter Distillery in Buffalo, NY, was named after band of rebellious artisans in the early 20th century who broke rank from the Arts and Crafts Movement to create for creation’s sake. Tommyrotter Distillery crafts small batch spirits and already has a loyal regional following. The Cider Cask Finished Tennessee Straight Whiskey, from the Masterwork Collection, is a 7-year-old high-rye Tennessee whiskey that is blended into a Triple Barrel American Whiskey, then is finished in hard cider barrels from Black Bird Cider Works. Enjoy this limited-release whiskey in a cocktail or sip slowly on the rocks.
Grand Brulot blends coffee with cognac for an exquisite tasting drink. This has been a French tradition for over 200 years. If you’re looking for an after dinner aperitif, Grand Brulot’s aromatic espresso flavor has notes of nutmeg and vanilla, a perfect finish to a big meal.
DIY Hot Chocolate
Nothing quite hits the spot like a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. People grabbed a mini mason jar and lined up at the DIY Hot Chocolate Bar to create the perfect mix of cocoa, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips to bring home and enjoy.
Nothing quite beats sweets, unless you’re talking about infused desserts. Spoonable Spirits, seen on ABC’s The Chew, are booze-infused pudding shots that are sure to crank up any party to 11. They come in a variety of flavors including Spiked Cake Shake, Red Hot Velvet Shot, and their top-seller, Whiskey Rolos. Remember you only live once so YOLO for the Rolos!
Fresh & Co is known for serving up innovative and healthy meals. Since CBD oil is being used to treat a variety health issues including reducing inflammation and alleviating pain, Fresh & Co created Vegan CBD truffles and Hemp Brownie Bites to capitalize on the current trend. Not only are these desserts delicious, they will also alleviate pain without any adverse side effects. Bon Appétit!
Sandlot Sports is NYC’s home for dodgeball, but for Winter Warmer, they brought along some seasonal games to heat things up. The game of knock em’ down got a snowy twist when attendees threw fluffy fake snowballs to take down the beer cans. The plush snowballs were also used to have a giant indoor snowball fight inside the Brooklyn Expo Center.
Other activities included flip cup, cornhole, and tackling the ultimate shot-ski at Club Getaway booth. Attendees also couldn’t resist sitting on the ski lift holding Aprés ski themed props in front of a snowy backdrop for a winter wonderland photo-op.
Attendees who splurged for the VIP tickets got to enjoy the campfire treat that can’t be beat, s’mores! Smashmallow’s are made with organic sugar, are gluten free, and are only 80 calories. Smashmallow‘s come in a variety of flavors including Cinnamon Churro, Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate Chip and Strawberries and Cream. VIP guests grabbed a Smashmallow of his/her choice paired with Annie’s Organic Graham Crackers and a Ghirardelli Chocolate Square, and headed outside to roast their s’more around the fire pit.
During winter, citrus fruits are at their peak sweetness. Cortels Cocktails combined bourbon, bitters and orange, as well as apple cider to make a boozy yet balanced cocktail. Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, a premium wheat beer made in France, adds citrus to an old Belgian Wit beer recipe for a crisp and clean flavor with a touch of fruitiness. Since 1664 Blanc pairs well with bold cheeses, Cabot had a cheese table adjacent in VIP with a variety of cubes to snack on.