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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    Holiday Cheer means different things to different people … a warm hello to a stranger or a act of kindness kindled by the holiday season.

    Holiday-CheerTo many, holiday cheer is a universal clinking of the glass and imbibing in a cocktail that is synonymous with the holiday.  Area restaurants and their “mixologists” offer up whimsical concoctions such as a Candy Cane Martini (vodka and peppermint schnapps) at 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar in Peekskill; Ruby Port Punch at Elements Food & Spirits in White Plains; or a Tinsel-Tini at Massa in Scarsdale.

    For beer lovers, recently opened The Yard House, in Westchester's Ridge Hill features everything in from craft beer to blonde ale, stouts and lagers in shortys, pints, goblets, and half yards. What better present can there be for the beer aficionado.

    If you are long on cheer, but short on the right words for a toast, here are a few holiday favorites to make the days memorable and special.