Holiday Cocktails You Can Make at HomeOct 29, 2020 06:42PM ● By Fine Wine & Good Spirits
Just because bars are closed or serving at lower capacities doesn’t mean you can’t make your own drinks right at home. And with the pandemic, home schooling, remote working and more, it’s the perfect way to reduce stress—and reward yourself—for making it almost to the end of 2020.
The folks at Fine Wine & Good Spirits have provided a number of fall drink options, as well as a primer on what types of wines to pair with what meals. From Vinho Verde for salty appetizers to tawny ports for nut-based desserts, their advice can help take any meal to a higher level.
2 oz. Threadbare Farmhouse Cider
1-1/2 oz. Absolut Mandrin Vodka
¼ oz. Keep It Simple Syrup
1 oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
1 each, grapefruit slice and lemon peel
Rim a highball glass with cinnamon sugar and fill with ice. Add first five ingredients to glass, stir. Garnish with grapefruit slice and lemon peel.
2 oz. 1800 Tequila Reserva Reposado
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
¾ oz. pumpkin puree
½ oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 pinch cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
Combine first four ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cinnamon and cinnamon stick.
1 oz. The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
½ oz. Carolans Irish Cream
Combine first two ingredients in a mug. Top with coffee; stir. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon.
VANILLA & CRANBERRY GIN MARTINI
4 oz. Bombay London Dry Gin
1 Tbsp vanilla syrup
1 rosemary sprig
Combine first two ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain in a cocktail glass. Garnish with frozen cranberries and rosemary sprig.
ORANGE & CHILE ROSE SPRITZ
3 oz. Apothic Rosé
1 ½ oz. Thai chile infused triple sec*
2 orange slices, charred
1 mint sprig
Combine first two ingredients in a wine glass filled with ice. Top with seltzer; stir. Garnish with orange slices and mint sprig.
ROSEMARY GIMLET TWIST
2 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple Canadian Whisky
¾ oz. rosemary syrup*
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
1 rosemary sprig
Combine first three ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig.
* Rosemary Syrup: Simmer 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. Add ¼ cup rosemary sprigs; simmer for several minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 3 hours; discard sprigs. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.