I am pleased to share my the ten best things I drank in 2017, which were discovered as I once again navigated the East End and beyond for my new favorites. New drinks of 2017 included a notable dry cider, a surprisingly creamy dairy-free milk, and a ‘detox’ cocktail. For the first time this year, one eatery earned two spots on my list!
The Grass and Trees, Recipe by Mixologist Tad Carducci
This craft cocktail was smooth and citrusy with a touch of spice, perfect for celebrating the holiday season. I love a great rum as it reminds me of celebrating Christmas in Antigua. You can make this cocktail at home with the recipe here.
Nitro Cold Brew Coffee on Tap, Sail Away Coffee
This creamy and frothy coffee is one I order every time I learn it is served at a restaurant I happen to be dining at. Sail Away Coffee is served at Buoy One in Westhampton, Swallow East in Montauk, and Gemelli Gelato in Hampton Bays, to name a few.
Milkadamia, a dairy-free milk made from Australian macadamia nuts, has taken my smoothies, coffee, tea, and so many homemade recipes up a notch. It is incredible how my smoothies taste so incredible with just swapping my regular dairy-free milk choices with Milkadamia. The smooth taste comes from raw, never roasted, macadamia nuts.
A luxury sparkling wine we will enjoy season after season, and that should be at the center of all gatherings. Impress with a boasting a rich array of sensory impressions such as green apple, pear, emphatic citrus, and spring wildflowers.
Traditional Irish Coffee, The Squeezery
If you were to have an Irish Coffee anywhere in the Hamptons, you must have one at The Squeezery in Amagansett. Theirs is one of the best around and tastes very authentic to what you would order if you were in Ireland (co-owner, Sam, hails from Ireland!) No messing around there!
The Green Machine, The Squeezery
The Green Machine is made with Grapefruit Vodka, Cucumber & Spirulina, Lemon, Pear Liqueur. For me, the taste of alcohol was very light and was so refreshing with just that perfect touch of ‘buzz.’ Check out their Cocktail lounge and bar this upcoming summer. Last summer, it opened at 7pm nightly and stayed open late.
Death By Oreo, LT Burger
I have officially found my favorite milkshake at LT Burger. The Death By Oreo is the creamiest milkshake topped with plenty of homemade whipped cream, and is very chocolatey. A must if you are an Oreo cookie fan. Comes with an Oreo garnish, which I ate before taking the photo (couldn’t resist)!
Cucumber Mint Fresca, Seamore’s in Montauk
I loved that this Fresca was not sweetened and was very thirst quenching. A wedge of lime added the perfect citrus touch. My family and I loved coming to Seamore’s in Montauk this past summer, which offered indoor and outdoor seating. We hope to see them again come 2018. I will be coming in to their NYC location this spring.
Wölffer Estate’s Dry Rosé and Dry White Cider, Wölffer Estate Vineyard
The Wölffer No. 139 Dry White Cider is classically made: marrying traditional techniques with Wolffer signature elegance with subtle citrus flavors. Second is the Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider. This is rosier and slightly sweeter than their white cider due to a small addition of red grape skin extract. Their cider is perfect to enjoy during a visit to their wine stand. Pair with one of their cheese/charcuterie plates and a baguette.
Homemade Smoothie with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter
First, you must try Betsy’s Best gourmet nut butters made with chia seeds. I began adding the nut butters, from peanut butter to cashew, to my homemade smoothies since January and I would never look back. With this and the combination of Milkadamia, it is by far the best smoothie I have ever made! My typical breakfast smoothie consists of frozen bananas, cinnamon, dates, and beet root powder.