Eggnog: thinking outside of the box
Are there any bars in town that serve amazing housemade eggnog? Every pub I've been to only serves the supermarket carton kind.
Ok, thanks to google and Timeout NY for this:
"Slurping back a glass of eggnog might sound as appealing as cutting into fruitcake, but a few creative homespun versions prove the holiday drink can be tastier than a pour of Silk Nog from the grocery store. At speakeasy Blue Owl (196 Second Ave between 12th and 13th Sts, 212-505-2583), bar manager Charles Hardwick whips up the “Wilson Flip” ($12), a lighter twist on the original, with egg yolks, Brugal Anejo rum and refreshing Crème de Banana. Newcomer Core One Nine One (191 Orchard St between Houston and Stanton Sts, 212-228-9888) is where you can sip a Farmhouse Eggnog ($14), made with St. James Dark Rum and New York State maple syrup, in a martini glass. For a little crunch, chef Stephan Boissel adds crushed toasted pecans to the mix. If you’re in midtown, stop off at Alto (11 E 53rd St between Fifth and Madison Aves, 212-308-1099) for T.J. Siegal’s Italian version in a chilled glass, the Averna Flip ($12). His aromatic egg concoction, laced with Averna Amaro and sprinkled with freshly grated nutmeg, tastes subtly of heavenly coffee. "
The Wilson Flip at the Blue Owl was actually $14 and the drink's inventor no longer works and I don't think the recipe was passed on properly. The drink making process was quite elaborate yet yielded a drink with all the character of Nestle's banana milk quik. Other than that one bad cocktail the bar seems pretty cool actually with a very interesting assortment of seasoned olives.
Pete's Waterfront Ale House serves AMAZING homemade egg nog - Sam's Serious Egg Nog is the name. Whether the actual egg nog base is homemade, I do not know, but the final product is full of fresh cream and freshly-grated nutmeg (according to the recipe, at least) as well as a powerful combination of booze - whisky, three kinds of rum, and cognac. You may enjoy at both of the locations in Manhattan or Brooklyn AND buy a bottle to take home or to a party. It's 22 bucks and worth every penny.