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It's Repeal Day! Drink Up At These Hotel Bars

December 5, 2012 at 7:06 PM | by | ()

Did you know it was Repeal Day? Sadly, we got through this whole entire Hump Day without being none the wiser. A tragedy, to be sure. Not that we haven't been loving autumn cocktails, we're not completely out the loop, ya know.

But, all is not lost. It's dinner time on the East coast, and the West Coast hasn't hit quitting time yet, so there's still time for everyone to take advantage of today's festivities. But, first, we'll clue you in on what Repeal Day is, just in case you didn't know.

To make it short (obviously time is of the essence) back on this day in 1933 Prohibition was ended in America after 13 years of (supposedly) dry living. Americans celebrated the "Repeal" of Prohibition by basically drinking their behind off. It has been celebrated every December 5th, since.

So in recognition of this "holiday", we guide you to some hotel bars that we think are serving some choice spirits.

HMF at The Breakers, Palm Beach
The newly opened bar at this iconic Floridian hotel is named after its founding father, Henry Morrison Flagler. The bar, which encourages guests to dress their best, serves classic cocktails like dirty martinis, gin fizzes, and gimlets, along with new concoctions such as gin and tonics made with rosemary and Kirby cucumbers all within the stylish, but historic Florentine Room.

W New York–Downtown
A new winter drinks menu at this trendy hotel's Living Room Bar & Terrace, a wrap-around indoor-outdoor lounge with fab views of Lower Manhattan is just what's needed as the temperatures get a little wonky. We love the traditional Hot Toddy made with whiskey, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, vanilla syrup, fresh lime juice and Angostura bitters, as well as the ode to NYC nips named Wall Street Bull, a mix of Bulldog gin, cucumber, fresh lime juice,jalapeño pepper, coriander, and simple syrup, as well as the Bond Street Sparkler a fizzy sipper of blackberry purée, St-Germain, fresh mint, and champagne.

Powder, Waldorf Astoria Park City, Utah
Ok, Ok. It is mid-week and perhaps you're not in the drinking mood. That's fine, we can dig it, especially if you head to this new apres-ski restaurant, that specializes in a tableside hot chocolate service featuring gourmet hot chocolate made using a traditional molinillo, a Mexican hand carved wood whisk, and Valrhona chocolate. Customize your drink with spicy infusions of cardamom, anise, cinnamon or crème de menthe (if you change your mind!).

[Photo: The Breakers/Talking Stick Resort]

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