Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today
The doctor is in with this comprehensive recipe guide to 75 medicinally themed cocktails sourced from turn-of-the-century pharmacies and contemporary urban bars like Apotheke in New York and Apo Bar & Lounge in Philadelphia. Written by ‘Cocktail Whisperer’ Warren Bobrow. $17.95 QuartoKnows.com
Ludlows Jelly Shots
When you don’t have time to handcraft batches of gelatinous shots (most of which will probably end up on the bottom of your fridge anyway), reach for these convenient prepared versions from Ludlows Cocktail Co., available in Fresh Lime Margarita, Meyer Lemon Drop, Old Fashioned, Planter’s Punch, and Moscow Mule. LudlowsCocktails.com
Vena’s Infusion Kits
Create your own at-home artisan (and vegan) cocktails, like Cherry Mojito, Maple-Pear Old Fashioned, Harvest Margarita, Winter Dreams, and more. Add alcohol, let it steep for five days, and serve. $14.45 UndiscoveredKitchen.com
The Barking Irons Lower Manhattan
2 oz Barking Irons Applejack
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes bitters
Blueberry Gin Fizz
2 oz Apiary Gin | Pear soda | Fresh blueberries
Muddle blueberries with gin in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously, and strain into a glass over ice. Top with pear soda, stir, and garnish with more blueberries.
Came From Church
2 oz SIA Scotch Whiskey | 1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Simple Syrup | 1 oz Lemon Juice
Sugar for garnish
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add ingredients and stir. Garnish rim of glass with sugar and strain cocktail into glass.
SHOTTASoCo and Egg Nog
1 oz Southern Comfort
3 oz Egg Nog
Combine chilled ingredients and pour into a glass. Dust with nutmeg.
2013 Head High Red Blend
This versatile red blend from winemaker/surfer Sam Spencer pairs well with holiday meals (like your delicious roast beast!) to please diverse palates. For every two bottles sold, $1 is donated to the Sustainable Surf & Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. $30 HeadHighWines.com
R.S.V.P. Cocktail Skinnies
These zero calorie, zero sugar all-natural cocktail mixers come in three flavors – Baja Margarita, NY Cosmo, and Miami Breeze. Add 1 ounce of your favorite liquor and 6 ounces of water to get your guilt-free sip on. RSVPSkinnies.com
Mocktails Cocktail Mixers
Even teetotalers can get in the holiday spirit – without partaking in the spirits – with Mocktails’ non-alcoholic line of beverage mixers. Four classic flavors include margarita, whiskey sour, cosmopolitan, and sangria. $39.95 Store.Mocktails.com
Purity Winter Sparkle
2 oz Purity Vodka | 3 oz champagne
Handful of pomegranate seeds for garnish
Add Purity Vodka and ice to a mixing glass and stir until ice cold. Strain into a chilled champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Spiced Apple Bulldog
1.5 oz Bulldog Gin | 2 oz boiling water
1 oz apple cider | 1/2 oz maple syrup
1 bar spoon cinnamon sugar | 2 orange wedges
Add all ingredients to a warm goblet, stir until sugar dissolves, squeeze orange wedges, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
2.5 oz Putnam Rye | 1/2 oz honey
1/2 lemon, wedged | Fruit of choice
Sprig of fresh mint, thyme, or rosemary
Muddle fruit and herbs in bottom of shaker tin. Add fresh pepper.