Oh, Lily’s, you had me at that “Fresh Classic Mojito.” As I embarked on my Catskill Mountains getaway, staying at the charming mountain cabin by Alluvion Vacations, little did I know that I’d stumble upon a dining experience that would perfectly complement the beauty of the Catskill Mountains landscape.
Lilly’s Steaks and Cocktails in Windham, NY – Where Catskills Magic Meets Culinary Delight – Hudson Valley Style Restaurant Reviews with Maxwell Alexander – Presented by Alluvion Vacations
Nestled just a few minutes down the road from my cozy cabin, Lilly’s Steaks and Cocktails proved to be a hidden gem that beckoned with promises of delicious gastronomic adventures. And boy, did it deliver!
To kick off my culinary journey, I decided to dive headfirst into their signature fresh mojito – an invigorating concoction of zesty lime and fragrant mint. A perfect prelude to what was about to unfold.
For all of you Mixology enthusiasts, Lilly’s Classic Mojito is a symphony of flavors that will have your taste buds dancing with delight. Crafted with precision and an unwavering commitment to freshness, this cocktail is a true masterpiece. Here are the ingredients that make up this refreshing Classic Mojito:
- Bacardi Rum: For that perfect touch of Caribbean spirit.
- Fresh Mint: Fragrant and aromatic, it adds a burst of freshness to the drink.
- Lime Juice: Zesty and tangy, it provides the perfect citrus punch.
- Simple Syrup: A touch of sweetness to balance the tartness of the lime juice.
- Club Soda: The effervescent finish that takes your Mojito to the next level.
Lilly’s Classic Mojito isn’t just a drink; it’s a vibrant experience that combines these high-quality ingredients to create a refreshing, minty, and zesty masterpiece. The next time you’re at Lily’s, be sure to savor this iconic cocktail as the perfect start to your culinary adventure. 🍹🌿🍈🍯🥤
For starters, I opted for the Lily’s Portobello Mushroom, a dish that left an indelible mark on my taste buds. Stuffed with delectable crabmeat and adorned with baked mozzarella, it was a bite-sized masterpiece. The balsamic reduction drizzle added a sweet and tangy symphony to each mouthful.
Now, let’s talk about the pièce de résistance: the Crispy Long Island Duck. As a self-proclaimed duck enthusiast with fond memories of European duck feasts, including a duck-centric tour of Budapest, I was excited to see what Lily’s had in store. And oh, did they deliver! This half-crispy roasted duck, dressed in an orange Grand Marnier glaze, was an absolute revelation. Not only was it locally sourced, making it an eco-friendly choice, but the crispiness was next level, and the flavors were out of this world. Lilly’s, you’ve just earned the title of “The Best Duck in the Catskills” in my book of travels.
As I patiently awaited the arrival of my duck, I decided to keep the party going with another delightful cocktail – the Windham Kiss. A blend of Jim Beam, fresh strawberries, bitters, and ginger beer, it was a perfect partner for the forthcoming duck extravaganza. I am totally borrowing Lilly’s Windham Kiss Recipe and will attempt to make it for my Hudson Valley Style Mixology Series.
Lilly’s Windham Kiss Cocktail Recipe
The Windham Kiss is a tantalizing cocktail that strikes the perfect balance between sweet, spicy, and zesty. With the mellow notes of Jim Beam bourbon, the natural sweetness of fresh strawberries, a hint of bitters for complexity, and the effervescence of ginger beer, this cocktail is a delightful concoction. Here’s how to craft your own Windham Kiss:
- 2 oz Jim Beam bourbon
- 2 fresh strawberries
- 2 dashes of bitters
- Ginger beer
- Begin by preparing your glass. Select a highball glass and fill it with ice. This will ensure your Windham Kiss stays refreshingly cold.
- Take the two fresh strawberries, remove the stems, and muddle them in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. Muddling will release the delicious strawberry juices and flavors.
- Add the 2 oz of Jim Beam bourbon to the muddled strawberries in the shaker.
- Now, add the two dashes of bitters. The bitters will provide a depth of flavor and aromatic complexity to the cocktail.
- Fill the shaker with ice and give it a good shake. This will chill the mixture and help to further infuse the flavors.
- Strain the mixture into your prepared highball glass with ice.
- Top off your Windham Kiss with ginger beer. The amount you use can vary depending on your personal preference for sweetness and ginger flavor. Start with about 2-3 ounces and adjust to taste.
- Give it a gentle stir to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed.
- Garnish your Windham Kiss with a fresh strawberry or a slice for a visually appealing final touch.
- Sip, savor, and enjoy the delightful combination of bourbon, strawberries, bitters, and ginger beer in this refreshing and spirited cocktail.
The Windham Kiss is not just a drink; it’s an experience that combines the rich, warm notes of bourbon with the sweet, zesty charm of strawberries and ginger beer. It’s the perfect companion to your culinary adventures at Lilly’s Steaks and Cocktails or any time you want to enjoy a kiss of Windham’s magic. 🍓🥃🍹🍯🥤🎉
Lilly’s Steaks and Cocktails not only wowed my taste buds but also provided a cozy, welcoming atmosphere that perfectly complemented my Catskills retreat. With a fun and vibrant vibe, it’s a place that strikes the balance between being young and professional. The staff was attentive, the ambiance inviting, and the food… oh, the food was an adventure in itself.
In the heart of Windham, NY, Lilly’s Steaks and Cocktails proves that memorable dining experiences can be found in the unlikeliest of places. So, if you ever find yourself in the area, don’t miss the chance to create your own unforgettable culinary journey. Lilly’s is where Catskills magic meets culinary delight, and I can’t wait to return for another round of mojitos, duck, and good times. Cheers to Lily’s! 🍹🦆🍽️✨
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