SMC, we have a very special treat for you today-- some signature cocktails crafted exclusively for our Holiday Special by our good friend Arnie! Arnie is an all-time donor of the choruses, including wine-paired dinners. Arnie has concocted 2 very festive cocktails to go with your holiday baked treats, or just by themselves to share with your other elves! Happy holidaze, everyone!!
THE HOLIDAY VIXEN
This sassy lil' reindeer cocktail will make any day feel like a holiday. It’s not just for Christmas anymore!
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz. Luxardo cherry juice or homemade cocktail cherry juice (recipe below)
1/2 oz. green Chartreuse
3-4 dashes Scrappy’s Seville Orange Bitters
Lemon peel garnish
Place 4-5 ice cubes in cocktail shaker or beaker
Add all ingredients except garnish
Stir gently 20 seconds
Strain into festive cocktail glass garnish with lemon peel
2 oz. Brandy
1/2 oz. Amaretto Disaronno
1/2 oz. Cointreau
Juice from 1/4 lemon
1/2 Tsp. ground cloves
Crystalized ginger slices
Combine the sugar and ground cloves in a saucer
Moisten cocktail glass using the 1/4 lemon wedge
Spin moistened glass rim in sugar mixture
Place 4-5 ice cubes in cocktail shaker
Add all ingredients minus the sugar and clove
Shake Shake Shake till cold and sugar has dissolved
Strain into rimmed cocktail glass
Garnish with crystalized ginger slice either floating, or on the rim of the glass
COCKTAIL CHERRIES WITH JUICE
1/2 bag frozen Trader Joe's pitted dark cherries with some of the syrup from the bag
1.5 cups Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
Place thawed cherries and syrup in quart jar. Add sweet vermouth. Store in refrigerator for at least 1 week and up to a year.
When getting low on cherries and juice, add more cherries and vermouth by sight.