by Jeanne Muchnik
Source: Westchester Magazine
Looking for a cool and colorful taste of Spain?
Head to these local eateries for flavorful, fun, and festive thirst quenchers.
There’s something festive about sangria. Maybe it’s because this plummy punch is often served in pitchers, making it an easily shareable cocktail. Or perhaps it’s because it pairs well with a wide variety of foods, offering the sophistication of a craft cocktail that pleases every palate. Come summer, it’s also a tantalizing thirst-quencher. And thanks to Westchester restaurateurs who’ve gotten creative blending good wines with top-shelf spirits and seasonal fruits, it’s also a new kind of Spanish charmer. Here are some of the area’s more memorable varieties.
NoMa Social (1 Radisson Plz, New Rochelle 914-576-4141; www.nomasocial.com) is the ultimate after-work gathering place. With its loungey decor and generous sized bar, there’s always plenty of room for colleagues to celebrate/commiserate/gossip/strategize/schmooze or partake in all of the above. Here, the sangria, offered in red and white versions, comes chock-full of oranges and heaping portions of red and green apples. The red is sweet and crisp, while the white has a fruitier, wispier tang. For those fond of deals, try the “five tapas and a pitcher of sangria for $50” and let your after-work stress melt away ($10/glass; $30/pitcher).
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