Thirst trap: Three cocktails to serve at your holiday party

click to enlarge Thirst trap: Three cocktails to serve at your holiday party
photo by Jessica Bryce Young

Now that you have three fantastic menu cheat sheets for your upcoming holiday parties, let us recommend a few complementary adult beverages.

To accompany the Southern menu, we recommend our Remix twist on the Bramble, the Bourbon Bramble.

Bourbon Bramble:
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce Pimm's Blackberry & Elderflower
  • 1/4 ounce Luxardo Maraschino
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • fresh blackberries
Muddle two large berries at the bottom of a cocktail shaker, then add ice and bourbon, Pimm's, Luxardo, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake, then strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice.

To accompany the Peruvian menu, try a Pisco Sour (or our Remix, the Neon Fizz).

Pisco Sour:
  • 2 ounces pisco, chilled
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 large egg white
  • 4 drops Angostura bitters
Place everything but the bitters into a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Add ice to the shaker and shake for 10 more seconds, then strain into a chilled rocks glass or coupe. Top with bitters.

To accompany the Locavore menu, your best bet would be to pick up a growler of beer from Cask & Larder or Orlando Brewing, or you could mix up a jar of Cordial I-4, our Remix of the classic holiday Cordial 44 using local fruit, locally roasted coffee beans, Florida sugar and local Winter Park Distilling's Bear Gully white whiskey.

Cordial I-4:
  • 1 large, clean, wide-mouth Mason jar
  • 1 yard orange (the largest one that will fit through the mouth of your jar)
  • 44 Snake Bomb or Lineage Roasting coffee beans
  • 44 Domino sugar cubes or a scant cup (44 teaspoons) of Florida Crystals
  • 4 cups Bear Gully Classic corn whiskey
Put the sugar in the jar. Wash any dirt or sand off the orange and stab it 44 times with a small sharp knife. Insert a Snake Bomb bean in each poked hole. Pour in the corn whiskey and give the jar a good swirl. Store in a cupboard for 44 days; gently swirl the jar once a day.

Once the cordial is fully infused, remove and discard the coffee-bean-studded orange, strain liqueur through cheesecloth, and store in the refrigerator. Serve neat, or over ice, or mixed with seltzer, or in coffee.


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Jessica Bryce Young

Jessica Bryce Young has been working with Orlando Weekly since 2003, serving as copy editor, dining editor and arts editor before becoming editor in chief in 2016.
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