The Perfect Cocktail: A Benton’s Old Fashioned
Take it to the next level with a bacon-wrapped hot dog.
After a long day sightseeing around New York City—admiring the famous department store window displays or taking in the magic of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree—nothing refreshes the holiday spirit (or warms the hands) quite like a seasonal craft cocktail.
As part of a new series, Travel + Leisure is highlighting the very best cocktails to cozy up with on cold New York City nights—and where to get them. Our first stop is PDT, in the East Village, for the best-selling Benton’s Old Fashioned.
Formally known as Please Don’t Tell, no one stumbles upon this First Avenue bar by accident—after all, its hidden inside a hotdog shop. To access the speakeasy-style annex, decorated with whimsical taxidermy mounts, head into Crif Dogs—one of the country’s favorite places to eat a hot dog—and slip inside the vintage phone. Dial 1 to be admitted, though you’ll want to call in advance to make a reservation when the lines open at 3:00 p.m. (they’re often booked within the half hour, and walk-in space is extremely limited).
A few dashes of Angostura bitters, a generous drizzle of sweet Vermont maple syrup, and an orange twist complete the drink. While it’s available year-round, we find it especially well suited for frosty nights.
The Benton’s Old Fashioned Recipe
Two dashes of angostura bitters
.25 ounces Vermont maple syrup
2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon
An extra large ice cube
An orange twist, to garnish