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Holiday favorites for a boozy New Year’s

With the holidays in full swing and New Year’s just around the corner, here are a few jolly places to pick up and sip into 2023 in stylish, merry taste:

Kingfly Spirit’s limoncello is a staple to keep in the freezer or on the home bar this new years. The savory, rich and sweet enough, the limoncello is great to sip neat or incorporate into  a creative cocktail while versatile enough to do community shots of good luck into the New Year with friends and family. Order online and/or pick up with ease in the Strip. Other notable bottles include Coquito, Bliss Spiced Rum, Blended Burbon Whiskey and the newest for a limited time, the Nocino Liquer, a sweetened walnut liquor. 

Open Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. in Millvale, Lucky Sign Spirits has the accolades from the New York International Spirits Competition to back up what they creatively make. One of the bottles, Raki, is self-acclaimed of tasting just like a Pizzelle cookie, with rich flavors of anise and notes of floral and velvet, similar to ouzo or Sumbucca. Have a different bottle to post on your home bar or gifts at the New Year’s party house this year! Recommended use is 1 part Raki to 3-4 parts ice cold water, which will turn a bold white color, perfect for winter. The phenomenon is nicknamed “Lions Milk.”

Try the holiday spirit set by Lawrenceville Distilling Co. to mix and match cocktails throughout the evening. Made in small batches as a family-run business, the distillery reps Pittsburgh Pride with its bottle creations. Try the Ginzer Gin or Jaggerbush Gin, and save a spot on the bar for the Parking Chair Vodka. Gift this as a set or have them ready and lined up for just about any cocktail recipe to kick off 2023. 

Looking to pop off some bubbly sweetness? No need to outsource to Champagne wine region of France, Threadbare has you covered in affordable selections. Taste the drt, tart, sweet and flavors in between such as the Sweet Cranberry, Gingerbread or Pomegranate ciders to enhance the holiday warmth. Plus, try the Fizzy Flamingo Rosé for that extra fizz or the first of Threadbare’s kind, Bridge City Bubbly, a champagne-like cider. Head into New Year’s Eve night with unique flavors with plenty of options to choose from here.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.

Colin Parrish

Colin is a Pittsburgh born and raised, daydreamer, restaurant foodie addict whose passions include running, thrifting, camping, and having a healthy amount of coffee or Malbec (depending on the time of day) . As a typical jagoff, you can catch him shopping in the Strip, running in Highland Park, or finding the best hiking views just outside of the city. He is a content manager for YaJagoff Media LLC and currently lives in Etna, PA.

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