Articles Tagged: Holidays & Themes

Champagne Cocktail Picks for New Year’s Eve

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Champagne cocktails are a festive and fun way to welcome the New Year. You’ll already have some bubbly on hand, so here are a few ways you can fancy it up for 2012:

    Death in the Afternoon — Absinthe and champagne, a simple and sophisticated combo
    Sparkling Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail — Drop a hibiscus flower into your Champagne for a beautiful presentation and light floral flavor
    Lemon Herb Sparkler — Galliano liqueur and Meyer lemons

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Top Ten Drinks of 2011

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I can hardly believe it’s almost 2012! This awesome end-of-the-year list makes sure that the classics are well-represented with cocktails like the Margarita, Long Island Iced Tea (it is a classic at this point) and the Mai Tai as well as drinks like the Appletini and Flirtini which, contrary to popular belief, aren’t dead. We’re also excited to see that one of our personal favorites, the Sidecar, continues to be a perennial favorite. Plus, this … Read more

Seven Spectacular Italian White Wines For The Holidays

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Tonight marks the Feast of the Seven Fishes in some Italian families.  Others will choose to celebrate tomorrow.  But, it occurred to us that there will be a great deal of fish and seafood consumed in the next week as Christmas morphs into New Year’s.  Our own family traditions have come to include heaping amounts of San Francisco’s local dungeness crab. For Christmas, we make the local San Francisco seafood stew – Ciopinno – a … Read more

Spinning Driedel

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Basil Hayden’s Spinning Driedel
Created by Max Toste, Boston MA

Ingredients:
2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey
1 part Pomegranate Juice
1 tablespoon Fig Preserve
1 bar spoon Fresh Lemon Juice
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Preparation:
1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
3. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Courtesy Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey… Read more

Twelve Days of Christmas Drinks -1 through 12

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We have been counting down the days until Christmas and can hardly believe it’s here! And, as part of that countdown, we have brought you some awesome drink recipes to try. As part of your Christmas gathering, whip up some of our Christmas cocktails for yourself and your guests.
Here is a recap of our Drinks of Christmas:

    Day 12 – Twelve Drambuie Drummers Drumming
    Day 11 – Eleven Peppermint Pipers Piping
    Day 10

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Connie’s Hot Buttered Rum

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One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the serving of my Mom’s Hot Buttered Rum. It’s sooo good! And, yes, my Mom is Connie.

This cocktail is a crowd pleaser and so easy to make! And, its great for adults and kiddies (just omit the Rum or Brandy for them and serve a mocktail). This drink is so great, we recommend that you drink it all winter to help keep you warm. Since, this is … Read more

Five Strange Sparklers For Christmas

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In Twas The Night Before Christmas, it was sugerplums that danced in the children’s head. But, when I think of Christmas, I think of ham dancing across the dinner table. Ham seems to be as ubiquitous to Christmas as Turkey is to Thanksgiving. That got me thinking, what wines would go well with ham. Since Christmas is such a festive holiday, I wanted the wine to be festive as well. And, what could be more … Read more

Cool Blue Drinks For Hanukkah

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Tonight will be the fourth of the eight crazy nights of Hanukkah. We highly recommend indulging in blue cocktails for the nights that remain. You might ask why blue drinks for Hanukkah or why is blue one of the colors of Hanukkah? We searched the internet and found an explanation that we liked. There was no consensus on why blue. A number of people attributed it to the Israeli flag. But, the explanation that we … Read more

Ginger Bubbly

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It’s time for Champagne! Add a little ginger kick to your sparkling wine to celebrate the holidays. This sparkler is festive yet simple, so it’s perfect for Christmas and New Year’s.

Happy Holidays from Drink of the Week!

Ingredients:
1/2 oz ginger syrup*
4 to 6 oz sparkling wine

Directions:
Pour ginger syrup in the bottom of a Champagne flute or coupe, the top off with sparkling wine to taste.

Ginger Syrup*

Ingredients:
1/2 cup … Read more

Hanukkah Gelt Martini

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Here’s one we created back a few years — worthy of a repost!

Michael, my bro, was searching for a good Hanukkah drink. Unhappy with what he found, he created this shiny treat instead.

We first posted this a few years ago, but we should enjoy it every year!

So, he say “Spin your dreidels, eat some latkes, and have some Hanukkah Gelt, a Hannukkah Gelt Martini that is”.
This DOTW original will keep those … Read more

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