By Colleen Mescall

I must admit: summer feels like its light-years away. But just because your body is hiding out in long, puffy coats and UGGs doesn’t mean you have to hibernate for the winter! There are still plenty of holiday parties to attend and festive drinks to sip. Make sure City Table and City Bar top your lists this season – they are ready to bring it.

CBSBoston recently got to pepper Kristina from City Table and City Bar with questions about their drinks, holiday specials and more good cheer.

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CBSBoston: Do you have new holiday drink specials this year?

K: We actually always change the food/drink menu every season to tailor to our guests and coordinate with the weather as well as what’s in season, so yes. In the colder months of fall and winter, we really play up our bourbon selection. One of our most popular drinks is called the “American Spirit.” It’s made with Old Overholt Rye Bourbon, fresh apple cider and a special, made in-house syrup (consisting of simple syrup, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon).

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CBSBoston: Is there anything that was wildly popular last year that you’re bringing back again this year?

K: I’m pretty sure we’re bringing the “American Spirit” back for its third straight year, like I said it is one of the most popular!

CBSBoston: How do you help patrons get into the holiday spirit?

K: Both City Table and City Bar are extremely festive during the holiday season – tastefully decorated with lots of candles and our spring/summer flowers are traded for pinecones and poinsettias.

CBSBoston: Should we come for New Year’s Eve this year? Why?

K: You should definitely try to come to the [Back Bay City Bar] Lenox for New Year’s Eve! But, my one piece of advice would be to make a reservation.  We are extremely busy on New Year’s due to both a consistent regular clientele and close proximity to “First Night.” There is usually a pre-fix, three course menu available along with some high-end wine specials.

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CBSBoston: If you had to guess, how much champagne do you go through on New Year’s Eve?

K: Honestly, I don’t think I can even guess how much we go through! Maybe 10 cases? Both the bar and the servers have the champagne constantly chilled throughout the night.

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CBSBoston: Do people opt to order Prosecco instead? I do!

K: I am 100% with you! It’s a much smoother version of sparkling, without the lingering sulfur after-taste.

CBSBoston: Any special winter brews on tap?

K: We don’t have any specific winter brews on draft, but we do have the Cape Ann Seasonal, which is a local beer that changes with the weather. During the fall, they have a pumpkin stout that is extremely popular. In the winter the Cape Ann switches to the Navigator, which is comparable to a Sam Adams Winter, also a big hit.

A big thanks to Kristina! And don’t forget to warm up this season with an “American Spirit” or pop into the Lenox to watch the ball drop. I’m fairly confident you won’t be sorry.

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Colleen Mescall is a Marketing Manager for a website in the Boston area and holds a special place in her heart for the Celtics. She writes about her love of all things New England over at her blog, the daily craic, (catch her on Twitter @thedailycraic).