October 2016 - Extras: Holiday Cocktails Ideas
As the days get colder and the holidays start rolling in, we must find creative ways to celebrate the season. Family-owned distillery, William Grant & Sons, provided us with some tasty concoctions for the Fall.
National Chocolate Day – October 28
America loves its chocolate! So it should be no surprise that chocolate gets its own national day. In celebration, WG&S took a twist on a childhood favorite, hot chocolate. By adding Milagro Añejo, it adds a nice kick to this beloved beverage.
Milagro Anejo Hot Chocolate
1.5 parts Milagro Anejo
3 parts Abuelita Chocolate Tablets or your favorite hot chocolate powder
1 pinch Grated Chili Chocolate Bar
Glass: Clear Mug
Build in a clear mug or other drink vessel suitable for hot beverages. Top with whipped cream and chili chocolate shavings.
Halloween – October 31
Celebrate the spooooky holiday with a cocktail made with Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur. The versatile spirit of Solerno can be used as a base spirit, as well as a modifying sweetener, and shines equally in modern interpretations of both classic cocktails and original creations.www.solernoliqueur.com
25ml Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
25ml Byrrh (Can substitute a Sweet Vermouth here)
Build over cubed ice in a Solerno cocktail glass, stir briefly. Garnish with a Blood Orange wedge.
Day of the Dead – November 1 & 2
Although both mezcal and tequila are made using agave plants, tequila is an unsmokey spirit very different from its ancient cousin. This is reflected in the long-standing popular wisdom that proclaims, “Tequila to wake the living, mezcal to wake the dead.” Celebrate the Day of the Dead with the spirit that wakes the dead, Montelobos Mezcal, produced with 100% organically certified agave espadín.www.montelobos.com
Amigos con Derechos
1 ½ parts Montelobos Mezcal
¾ part Cynar
¼ part St. Germain
2 dashes Grapefruit bitters
Stir in a mixing glass with ice. Strain and serve up in a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with grapefruit zest.