Without a little initiative and ingenuity, holiday parties have a tendency to blend together. If you hope to set your own Christmas bash apart this year, offering a distinct, homemade cocktail is one way to do it.
For some expert guidance, we turned to Greg Best, co-owner and drinks guru at Holeman and Finch Public House and H&F Bottle Shop. Here are his recommendations for three drinks that should fit the bill to mix up your holiday party.
Winter Cup No.1
2 oz of Pimm’s No.1
1 oz fresh orange juice
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 bar spoon of fresh ginger juice
1 oz club soda
1 oz Cava or other dry sparkling wine
Assemble the first four ingredients in a Collins glass over ice and stir. Add club soda and sparkling wine and stir again. Garnish with a swath of orange peel, add shaved cinnamon and nutmeg to the surface of the drink.
“This light and softly spiced selection is the perfect choice for holiday parties where one would like to keep the ‘liquid cheer’ at a lower potency. No copy machine antics here.”
2 oz Prunier VS cognac
¾ oz Leopold Bros. Three Pins Alpine liqueur
2 dashes Bitter Truth lemon
2 dashes Regans’ orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice, then strain contents over a large chunk of fresh ice. Garnish with a swath of orange peel.
“A classy choice that is reminiscent of great winter drinks like the Stinger or the Rusty Nail. This bold and semi-sweet choice is the ideal way of shaking off the cold.”
Czech the Shelf
¾ oz Pierre Ferrand Curacao
¾ oz King’s Ginger
¾ oz Becherovka
1 bar spoon of ginger-infused honey
Leopold Bros. Fernet
Dry shake all ingredients in a mixing tin. Next, add ice and shake for an additional 30 seconds. Strain into a stemmed tulip glass. Garnish with a few drops of Leopold Bros. Fernet.
“This drink redefines what an eggnog-style drink can offer. The great depth of herb and spice flavors, in conjunction with the creamy mouthfeel, make decking the halls that much more enjoyable.”
Photo by Ben Rollins