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New Yorkers kicked off the holiday season with The Dizzy Fizz and festive holiday punches and cocktails on November 20 at VNYL. Guests were treated to endless ladles of wintry punch, spiked eggnog, and sparkling spirits amid a cozy festive scene at the 9th annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar.

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The sold-out event featured over 25 holiday punches and cocktails made by NYC’s best bartenders. In advance of the busy season of entertaining, guests were inspired by concoctions such as the Winter Smoke Punch (The Singleton 12 Whisky, pomegranate juice, chai tea, ginger, grenadine, lemon juice, and nutmeg), Bobbing for Apples (Ketel One Vodka, apple cider, lemon juice, agave cinnamon syrup, pumpkin butter, and Angostura bitters), and the Banana Cream Nog (Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum, Clement Select Barrel Rhum, Giffard Banana Liqueur, egg yolks, coconut milk, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice).

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All of the recipes from the event can be found at holidayspiritsbazaar.com/recipes.

As guests sipped their way through the holiday libations, they used text-to-vote technology to select a People’s Choice winner. Emmanuel Pena’s Pura Caña del Sur featuring Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum, cane juice, lime juice, and Yerba Mate liqueur — plus a custom ice block — took home the trophy and the ultimate bragging rights.

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This year, the merry-making took place between three levels—a double-height Main Bar helmed by Portland, Oregon’s House Spirits and Blaine Ashley of ‘The FIZZ is Female’, a Whiskey Mezzanine, and a Sparkling Spirited Parlor. The event also featured a pop-up shop by Love & Victory, designer of charmingly stylish barware, accessories, and more, so guests could get their holiday gift-giving off to a spirited start.

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A portion of ticket proceeds benefited Brooklyn Service Association, a non-profit providing outdoor education to NYC children from all backgrounds. Guests also donated toys for Toys for Tots.

Exhibitors included: Westward Whiskey, Casa Magdalena Rum, Krogstad Aquavit, Four Roses Bourbon, Rhum Clement, Malfy Gin, Ketel One Vodka, The Singleton Scotch Whisky, Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, Starward Whisky, Don Q Rum, Elephant Gin, Diplomatico Rum, Chairman’s Reserve Rum, Le Grand Courtage Sparkling Wine, and Deadwood Bourbon.

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About The Dizzy Fizz

Founded by cocktail writer Selena Ricks-Good in 2009, The Dizzy Fizz produces experiential spirits tastings events in NYC. Known for curating elegant gatherings with fresh ingredients and a grassroots approach, The Dizzy Fizz’s events are always well-attended. The Dizzy Fizz has been mentioned in Imbibe Magazine, Liquor.com, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Metro New York, and NYTimes.com, among others.

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Via The Dizzy Fizz; Photos by John Patrick Naughton and Ron Lai.