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Bar Cart: A Toast to the Host

Five booze experts suggest Thanksgiving offerings that will almost certainly get you invited back.



Steve Mcaghon, Assistant wine director, the John Dory Oyster Bar

1. Vincent et Tania Carême, Vouvray Cuvée T
“Taserlike jolt of acidity and minerals makes for a toasty, well-rounded, and ripe crowd-pleaser.”$25 at Maslow 6, 211B W. Broadway, nr. Franklin St.; 212-226-3127

2. Pehu-Simonet Transparence Extra-Brut
“Besides the candy-colored label, there’s nothing sweet happening here. This is crisp, bone-dry, and earthy juice.”$50 at Sussex Wine & Spirits, 300 E. 42nd St., at Second Ave.; 212-867-5838

3. Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
“The only way to improve on this is to get a bigger bottle of it—thankfully they put it in magnums.”$125 at Park Avenue Liquor Shop, 292 Madison Ave., nr. 41st St.; 212-685-2442


Dave Pollack, Owner, the Diamond

4. Captain Lawrence, Nor’easter “
This beer’s dialed-in: It’s got bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors, and it comes in a Champagne bottle, so there’s plenty to share.” $13 for 25 oz. at American Beer Distribution, 256 Court St., nr. Kane St., Cobble Hill; 718-875-0226

5. De Dochter van de Korenaar, Embrasse
“Cocoa-y, vanilla, smoky. Double the weight of a Guinness.” $15.95 for 22.4 oz. at Bierkraft, 191 Fifth Ave., nr. Berkeley Pl., Park Slope; 718-230-7600

6. 25 Dodici (9.5% ABV)
“A great example of the subtle use of spice to add a nice dimension without being overwhelming.” $22.75 for 25 oz. at Bklyn Larder, 228 Flatbush Ave., nr. Bergen St., Park Slope; 718-783-1250


Joe Swifka, Bar manager, Lani Kai

7. Appleton Estate V/X
“One of the best values for well-made gold rum. Great sipped neat or in any number of tropical drinks.” $24 for 25 oz. at Bowery & Vine, 269 Bowery, nr. E. Houston St.; 212-941-7943

8. Santa Teresa 1796, Ron Antiguo de Solera
“Honey, coconut, and pecan, held together with some mellow smokiness from the barrel. Drink this while you’re trussing that holiday bird.” $35 at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St., at E. 4th St.; 212-674-7500

9. Ron Zacapa XO
“We’re in the deep end of the pool now. Waves of coffee, cocoa nib, and sherry, and a richness that will warm your toes.” $106 at Beekman Liquors, 500 Lexington Ave., nr. 47th St.; 212-759-5857


Richard Boccato, Co-owner, Weather Up Tribeca

10. Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
“Exceptionally smooth and very reasonably priced. Makes for a very fine Old Fashioned.” $22.95 for 25 oz. at 67 Wine & Spirits, 179 Columbus Ave., nr. 68th St.; 212-724-6767

11. Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
“A true single-barrel affair. It’s got a lot of heat behind it, but the finish is surprisingly tame and well balanced.” $47 at September Wines & Spirits, 100 Stanton Ave., at Ludlow St.; 212-388-0770

12. Whistlepig 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey
“It has bold and spicy notes on the nose, it’s rich on the palate, and has a smooth and creamy finish.” $70 at 67 Wine & Spirits


Motoko Watanabe, Owner, Akariba

13. Gasanryu Koka Honjozo
“It’s a very good, basic sake, both enjoyable by itself and with food—you can drink a lot without being bored by it.” $27 at Mister Wright Fine Wines and Spirits, 1593 Third Ave., nr. 89th St.; 212-722-4564

14. Kokuryu Gohyaku Mangoku
“Rice-y and round, rich but not quite floral. One of the most desirable bottles of its type in Japan.”$40 at Sakaya, 324 E. 9th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-505-7253

15. Masumi Yumedono Junmai Daiginjo
“A perfect symphony of floral, fruity notes, silky texture, and voluptuous flavor, plus an in-your-face-gorgeous Japanese paper case.” $100 at Ambassador Wines & Spirits, 1020 Second Ave., nr. 54th St.; 212-421-5078


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