It's Christmas time again! And if for you that means stressful family party planning, believe me, these drinks are gonna come in handy. Easily disguised as innocent treats, these babies are a sure-fire winner amongst stressed out party goers.
1.25 oz Laird's applejack
.50 oz Snap Organic Liqueur
.50 oz Graham’s Six Grapes port
2 oz unfiltered apple juice
5 drops spiced tincture
2 oz hot water
1 apple (for garnish)
Spiced Tincture Ingredients:
2/3 cup Bacardi 151
4 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup star anise
1/6 cup cloves
Step 3: Cut one of the apple sheets in half, then slice in long vertical strips to create apple matchsticks.
Step 4: Pour a cup of boiling water into a serving glass and let it sit for 30 to 45 seconds until the glass is piping hot, then pour the water out.
Drink 2: Mud Bath
This scrumptious, spiked, chocolat-y concoction is one part cocktail, one part dessert.
1 oz Zaya dark rum
1.5 oz Meletti Cioccolato chocolate liqueur
.25 oz nocino walnut liqueur
3 oz hot water
3 oz whipping cream
Grated cinnamon stick (for garnish)
Step 1: Pour 2 oz whipping cream into a separate cup and mix until frothy. Don’t over mix — stop once the cream forms fluffy peaks!
Step 2: Pour a cup of boiling water into serving glass and let it sit for 30 to 45 seconds until the glass is piping hot, then pour the water out.
Step 3: Combine the first four ingredients, plus 1 oz whipping cream, into the serving glass and stir.
Step 5: Grate a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and sip away! This creamy cup is more than worth the chocolate coma!
Drink 3: Blackbird Hot Toddy
Built by Adam Schneider, this is Blackbird’s super-comforting, holiday-flavored take on the traditional hot toddy.
4 oz hot water (save 2 oz for a topper)
1 Bag Mighty Leaf Earl Grey or 2 tsp loose-leaf tea
3/4 tsp molasses
3/4 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 oz Evan Williams Single Barrel bourbon
Lemon (for garnish)
4 cloves (for garnish)
Step 1: Pour a cup of boiling water into the serving glass and leave water in glass for 30 to 45 seconds until glass is piping hot. Then pour the water out.
Step 2: Add 2 oz hot water to serving glass. Then add either tea bag or tea ball filled with loose leaves and let steep for a minute or less. Don’t let it sit too long — the tea shouldn’t dominate the flavor of the drink.
Step 5: Peel lemon rind, stud with four cloves, and add it as garnish. Spiced, slightly sweet, and soothing — now this is what a hot toddy should taste like!