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12/23/2016

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’Tis the season…

There’s something completely magical in the air this time of year.  We wanted to share a few seasonal cocktail recipes that will perfectly complement the festive, holiday spirit. Each recipe serves one, but it’s always fun to make more!

Aperol Spritzer

 The perfect drink, day or night.  Simple and easy to make.  The lemon and rosemary give a nice balance to the sweetness of the sparkling wine.   

In a coupe or champagne flute, combine 3/4 oz Aperol liqueur and sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon peel and rosemary.

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 Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito

 Cranberry and pomegranate are the perfect seasonal additions to this classic. Clean and refreshing. 

Muddle 12 leaves of mint, 3 cranberries, and 6 pomegranate seeds in a Collins glass with 3/4 oz simple syrup and 1/2 oz lime juice and 1 ½ oz rum.  Double strain into Collins glass and top with ice and soda water. Garnish with lime wedge, 3 cranberries and 8 pomegranate seeds.

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Mulled Cider

Just right for a cold winter’s night.  

In a short stock pot, combine 1/2 gallon of a good, high-quality apple cider, 1 bottle of Shiraz, 2 oranges (zested and juiced), 2 cardamom pods, 1/4 large fist of sliced ginger (peeled), 2 allspice berries, 3 cloves, 1 stick of cinnamon, 1 star anise, 1/4 cup of honey, 6 oz of Applejack brandy and 6 oz of Old Overholt rye whiskey. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain through a chinois and 2 coffee filters. (Serves 6)

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Pomegranate Rose Gimlet

  A fun, holiday twist on an old classic.

Muddle 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds with 2 oz vodka or gin until pulped.  Then shake with 1 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur,  ¾ oz lime juice,  ¾ oz simple syrup and 3 dashes Fee Brothers rose water.  Then double strain into coupe. Garnish with a rose petal and a few pomegranate seeds.

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The Green Buck

 The honey notes and subtle smokiness common to most Highland style scotches combined with green tea and ginger beer make this robust and refreshing.

In a copper mug over ice, combine 1 ½ oz Speyside or Highland style scotch, 1 oz well-steeped Earl Grey green tea, ½ oz lime juice, 2 ½ oz Gosling’s ginger beer.  Garnish with lime wedge.
 

Cheers!

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