That’s the spirit. It’s the time of the year to host holiday soirees and with it comes festive cocktails.
For the second week, we’re running holiday cocktail recipe ideas. In this installment, we asked the names behind local craft spirits we love to share holiday cocktail recipe ideas. They came through, integrating festive touches, from cranberry liqueur to cream sherry, in the recipes. We also highlighted some gift ideas from these brands.
Tattersall Distilling shares this champagne cocktail for your next celebratory gathering. “This is a festive holiday drink that lets you toast to the season without the burden of added sugar and a lot of booze,” said Tattersall’s Jon Kreidler. “We’re finding low-proof cocktails to be trending this time of year as a way to cope with all of those holiday parties; they let you be social but skip the hangover.” Gift idea: Tattersall is serving up two nicely packaged drink kits this holiday season — the Nordic Martini Kit ($70) and the Midwest Manhattan Kit ($90), complete with Tattersall spirits, fixings and proper glassware.
2 ounces pommeau
1/2 ounce Tattersall Cranberry Liqueur
4 ounces sparkling wine
1 orange slice for garnish
Combine pommeau and cranberry liqueur in a flute. Top with sparkling wine before serving.
It’s been a home-run year for Dashfire. In addition to its already popular line of boutique cocktail bitters, Dashfire has expanded its scope and this fall released a ready-to-drink Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail in a bottle. We’re fans of the blend that melds four Dashfire Bitters with other ingredients to make a flavorful, botanical-infused cocktail. The bottle is available (suggested retail price $30) at local stores, including First Grand Ave. Liquors, Liquor Vault, The Wine Thief & Ale Jail and Thomas Liquors in St. Paul.
If you want to make your own cocktail for the holidays, Dashfire’s Lee Egbert recommends this drink called Hearth & Home. “I like to use sherry this time of year due to the richness of flavor,” he said.
1 ounce bourbon
1/2 ounce Benedictine
1/2 ounce cream sherry
5 drops Dashfire Vintage Orange Bitters
3 Egbert’s Cherries and a little bit of the cherry juice added to the cocktail.
Mix ingredients together. Serve over ice.
Lawless Distilling offers this popular old-fashioned incorporating its house whiskey and Bittercube bitters. If you don’t feel like making it yourself, head to the Lawless cocktail lounge for their old-fashioned made with Butterscotch Lawless Whiskey. Try other Lawless spirits while you’re at it. Every year, Lawless hosts Miracle of Lawless, a holiday pop-up cocktail bar with holiday themed cocktails that is up and running. During your visit, you’ll also see that Lawless has further expanded its cocktail and spirits collaboration with Bittercube bitters. Heirloom, the newly launched liqueurs line from Bittercube, can be found mixed in cocktails at Lawless. When deciding what to order, the eggnog and hot chocolate cocktail creations are not to be missed. Purchase a Lawless bottle of vodka, gin, orange liqueur or fernet or Bittercube bitter variety packs to take home while you’re at it.
1/4 ounce muscovado syrup
2 ounces whisky
2 dashes Bittercube Trinity Bitters
Combine ingredients into stirring vessel. Stir until vessel gets cold. Pour into rocks glass. To garnish, take grapefruit peel and rub on the rim of glass and discard. Sprinkle with powdered sugar according to taste. Serve with a large ice cube, preferably from a round ice mold for a snowball effect.
Mezcal is a trending spirit, and craft-cocktail connoisseurs using it in unique ways. The Quiet Night by Crooked Water Spirits is a twist on a traditional old-fashioned, using Crooked Water Old Hell Roaring Double-Barreled Straight Bourbon (available at local liquor stores, including Kowalski’s, Liquor Vault and International Wines and Liquors in St. Paul), a lightly smoked bourbon. The drink comes together further with a dash of mezcal, demerara and pure vanilla. Gift idea: The Crooked Water Spirits Holiday three-pack ($50; 200-milliliter Old Hell Roaring Bourbon, Kings Point Bourbon, Manley’s Ready-To-Pour Old Fashioned) is a way to try several varieties from the award-winning, woman-owned local brand. Available at local stores including liquor stores at Target and Kowalski’s Market.
1 orange peel
1 1/2 ounces Crooked Water Old Hell Roaring Straight Bourbon
1/2 ounce mezcal (Recommend: Del Maguey Vida — a great mixing, affordable mezcal)
2 teaspoons of demerara syrup (using raw sugar, 50/50 ratio of raw turbino sugar and water heated on stove until dissolved, let cool)
4 dashes orange bitters
3 drops pure vanilla extract (use a dropper)
Orange peel or Luxardo cherries, for garnish
Run orange peel over rim and inside of an old-fashioned glass. Add large rock of ice. Add ingredients to glass and stir. Garnish.