NYE cocktails at home tonight. We've got big plans. Finishing Dirty John, cuddling with the kittens and cocktails. FYI Dirty John is messed up! I put together two quick cocktails to celebrate having the most adultish NYE at home ever. The fun part was watching all my social media friends who were also staying in for NYE. Made me feel like I've found my tribe. Love you guys!
I'm the Favorite (his)
I put this together for him because I've been obsessed with coffee and amaro flavors lately and this Tiramisu liqueur had been gathering dust on the bar for a while. He loves sweet drinks if they're neat, but doesn't mind some of the bitter notes from the amaro. I did add some chocolate bitters to the mix because I thought the chocolate was getting lost under the more heavy amaro flavors.
(It's called "I'm the Favorite" because we joke that he's the favorite of two sons-in-laws. Although my mother refuses to admit it.)
2 oz New riff rye
1 oz Tiramisu liqueur
.25 oz cocchi vermouth di Torino
.5 oz Averna amaro
2 dashes Bitter truth chocolate bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until well-chilled and strain into a chilled coupe. We garnished this with cherries, but if I'd had a chocolate truffle or some coffee infused cream to layer on top that would have been the way to go.
Yes, Dear (mine)
For my cocktail I wanted to see how the Michter's Toasted Bourbon played with the peach liqueur. I added a tiny amount of Cardamaro because I love the way the harsher notes of cardamon blend in with the toast from the bourbon and the sweetness of the peach.
2 oz @michterswhiskey toasted bourbon
.75 Giffard's peche
.25 Montenegro Amaro
8 drops Crude Bitterless marriage bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until well-chilled and strain into a chilled coupe. Again, I garnished with cherries, but in season a fresh or dehydrated peach or candied ginger would work out just as well and tie in with the other ingredients of the cocktail even better.
The Christmas Eve cocktail is ready, courtesy of @watsonsbarrelagedsyrup (they generously sent me some samples to play with) and the richness of the maple syrup was an incredible asset to the mouthfeel and smoothness of the cocktails. I'm not a huge fan of overly sweet drinks and amaro is an ingredient I love to add because of the bitterness and complexity. I started with the idea of a black Manhattan and did a gingerbread twist.
2 oz bourbon @willettdistillery Johnnie Drum
0.75 Foro Amaro
0.5 Watson's barrel-aged maple syrup
0.25 Allspice Dram
0.25 barspoon molasses
8 drops gingerbread bitters
Garnish: dried orange slice or a piece of candied ginger
Combine bourbon, amaro, maple syrup, allspice dram, molasses and bitters in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a dried orange or candied ginger.
You can set one out for Santa if you like, or just sip on that second one while you finish last minute preparation before gifts, whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, the Solstice or any of the hundred other winter festivals. Stay warm and Happy Holidays to you all.
I'm known for bringing batched cocktails to parties. A holiday get together this Sunday was no exception. I'd had the Faretti biscotti for quite a while and hadn't really been happy with any of the results, but I paired it with the Solerno Blood Orange liqueur and some black walnut bitters and it tasted like a plate full of holiday cookies. The Biscotti liqueur has a very buttery and pastry-like mouth-feel on it so it doesn't always play well with others, but paired in this combination, it works wonders.
Here's instructions for a single cocktail. To make a batch for an empty boubon bottle, just convert the ounces to cups and multiple the bitters by 6.
Santa's Cookie Plate
1.5 oz bourbon
1 oz Faretti biscotti
0.5 oz Solerno blood orange liqueur
2 dashes black walnut bitters
5 drops Tiki bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir to combine until well-chilled and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice, a fancy cherry or your favorite holiday cookie. If you leave one out for Santa, chances are he won't leave. Cheers!
Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching cocktails, making cocktails and drinking cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location. For more information about her favorite whiskey group, head over to Bourbon Women and join the women's whiskey revolution!