Its the Holiday Season with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock…
Who doesn’t love a good holiday cocktail? I mean, I love a classic drink, but you might as well make things as festive as you can while there is still time! Here are some fun ways to make your classic cocktails a little more Christmas-y.
1.5 oz Bourbon
1 tsp of granulated sugar
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Place sugar in an Old Fashioned glass. Add 3ish dashes of bitters and add a few drops of water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add whiskey and stir. Add a large ice cube and stir rapidly with a bar spoon to chill. Garnish with an orange peel (Twist to release the oils and stir in)
Instead of the sugar in the previous recipe, add 2 tsp of some holiday simple syrup for a more spicy flavor.
Holiday Spice Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
6 cardamom pods
2 Tablespoons star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole allspice
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat to boiling. Reduce to a simmer and cook 5-10 minutes. Steep for several hours or up to 2 weeks ahead of serving. Strain before using.
Classic Gin & Tonic or Vodka Tonic
2 oz Gin OR Vodka
4 oz Tonic Water
Fill the glass with ice and pour the gin or vodka, tonic water, and lime juice over the ice. Stir well with a long-necked spoon. Garnish with lime wedge, and serve immediately.
Add a splash of cranberry juice (preferrably the less sweet kind) and 1 tsp of rosemary simple syrup and viola! Its Christmas in your mouth!
Rosemary Simple Syrup (makes 1 cup)
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
2-3 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar and rosemary and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Strain before using
Cheers! You can find the His + Her Cocktail glasses in the CFL shop right over here!