The verse “…drink and be merry” didn’t come about on accident. The holidays inspire some of the best beverage concoctions—whether served warm, cold, with food, or otherwise. Here are a few favorites to try before the New Year, with ingredients like nutmeg, walnut bitters, and brown sugar, to bring you holiday cheer faster than you can say, “bottoms up.” And don’t forget to leave something strong waiting for Santa.
Old Hollywood at Cleo
Maker’s Mark Whiskey, House-Made Fig-Almond Syrup, Dash of Walnut Bitters
The Old Fashioned at The Sayers Club
Rittenhouse bonded rye whiskey, simple syrup, angostura bitters, lemon and orange oil, stirred, rocks.
LN2 Caipirinha at The Bazaar by José Andrés
Brazilian cachaca, fresh lime and sugar frozen by using liquid nitrogen.
Champagne at Hyde Staples
(What says the holidays more than bubbly??)
Spanish Coffee at The Bazaar by José Andrés
Spanish brandy, espresso, coffee, raw brown sugar, and orange zest.
Janapolitan at Cleo
Strawberries, basil, fresh lime juice and Belvedere.
Burning Mandarin at Katsuya
Absolut Mandarin vodka, hand-crushed serrano chili, fresh lemon and orange juice and a splash of cranberry.