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If you’ve invited friends and family over for a little holiday cheer, why not serve them a seasonal cocktail that is brimming with festive flavor? “For me, the colder months are all about darker spirits and warming drinks,” says Lindsay Talbot, beverage consultant at The Arthur J in Manhattan Beach, CA, who created these signature cocktails just for Johnny Was. “The holidays always spark my palate for certain spices like cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.” Think drinks that make you feel good from the inside out, lifting your spirits.
While there are no strict rules when it comes to crafting cocktails, Lindsey does suggest not going too sweet, especially if guests are already indulging in sugary cookies and cakes as well. “I love to mix different spices as well as a hint of citrus and it will pair really well with any dessert,” she adds. Don’t forget to get creative with your garnishes (that’s part of the fun) like popping a whole cinnamon stick in a rocks glass, or some clove seeds gently pushed into citrus wedge–just like everything else this time of year, the more the merrier!
Mulled Pomegranate Hot Tottie
1 bottle (16 oz) Pomegranate juice
Penang Whole Cloves
Bourbon or Whiskey
Pour Pomegranate juice into a large pot to simmer on stove top. Add 10-12 whole allspice, 6 whole cloves, 4 cinnamon sticks, two oranges sliced in half- squeeze and drop into the pot. Bring to a boil then to a slow simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
In a heat-resistant glass add 1.5 oz of your favorite bourbon or whiskey and fill with the mulled Pomegranate juice. (Strain mulled mix if desired). Cheers!
The Flying Partridge
Fresh lemon juice
In a small pot bring 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar to a low boil. Add heaping Tablespoon of powder cinnamon and bring to a low simmer to create a cinnamon-infused simple syrup. Let cool.
In a small sauté pan sprinkle a hand full of fennel seeds and toast.
In a shaking tin add 3 oz of almond milk, .75oz of cinnamon simple syrup, .25 oz of fresh lemon juice and 1.5 oz of your favorite Blanco tequila. Shake vigorously with ice.
Add fresh ice into a tall glass and strain cocktail from a shaker, top with toasted fennel seeds.
Looking for some festive dressing to ring in the season? Head over to our Red, Hot and Festive collection for styles that spiced just right. Happy Holidays from us to you.