Winter Cocktails to Get You Through the Holiday Season Healthy, Merry and Bright - Food & Beverage Magazine

Winter Cocktails to Get You Through the Holiday Season Healthy, Merry and Bright

NYC Old Fashioned from Sofitel New York
NYC Old Fashioned from Sofitel New York

400 Rabbits
Goosefeather at Tarrytown House Estate
This feel-good tiki drink offers the “clean spirit” benefits of mezcal and a healthy dose of vitamin C, vitamin A and antioxidants from its blend of lime, passionfruit and carrot juices.
* 1 oz. tequila
* ½ oz. mezcal
* ½ oz. Ancho Reyes
* ¼ oz. Velvet Falernum
* ¾ oz. lime juice
* ¼ oz. passionfruit juice
* ¾ oz. carrot juice
* ¼ oz. cinnamon syrup

Shake and serve in a Collins glass with a mint sprig and a slice of carrot.

Forbidden Fruit
Sticks Restaurant at The Inn at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach Resorts)
Juniper gives gin its distinctive flavor and an impressive ability to ward off colds and flu. Fresh-pressed apple juice offers a nutritional edge over commercial pasteurized juices–and supports local agriculture.
* 1.5 oz. Tanqueray Gin
* 1 oz. lemon juice
* 1 oz. Gizdich Ranch or other locally sourced, fresh-pressed apple juice
* 1 oz. simple syrup
* 1 cinnamon stick

Add all ingredients, except for the cinnamon stick, to cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake and strain into a bucket glass. Top with fresh ice and garnish with cinnamon stick. For a more aromatic holiday treat, toast the cinnamon stick in a 200-degree oven for three to five minutes to release its fragrance.

Persephone’s Potion
Stillwater Bar & Grill at The Lodge at Pebble Beach (Pebble Beach Resorts)
Gin not only boosts the immune system but is lower in calories than most spirits. Pure pomegranate juice contains a whopping 100 phytochemicals and three times the antioxidants of red wine or green tea.
* 1.5 oz. Tanqueray Gin
* ½ oz. PAMA pomegranate liqueur
* ½ oz. lime juice
* ½ oz. agave nectar
* 1 oz. POM pomegranate juice
* Splash of cranberry juice
* Lemon twist

Add all ingredients, except lemon twist, into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail coupe or martini glass and garnish with the lemon twist.

Botanical Splash
3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Chlorophyll-packed wheatgrass and lavender bitters make this cocktail a nutritional powerhouse.
* 2 oz. Oceans Organic Vodka
* 2 oz. cucumber/wheatgrass simple syrup
* 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
* 4 drops lavender bitters
* Cucumber slice
* Lemon slice
* Small handful of fresh wheatgrass

Add vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and lavender bitters to a cocktail shaker, and shake with ice. Strain into a tall glass with cucumber slice, lemon slice, wheatgrass and ice.

Old Fall-shioned
KANU at Whiteface Lodge
Fresh apple cider contains up to four times as much of the fall fruit’s healthful polyphenol compounds as commercial apple juice.
* 2 oz. bourbon (preferably Buffalo Trace)
* 1.5 oz. apple cider concentrate
* 2 bar spoons apple butter
* A few dashes orange bitters

Muddle orange and brown sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass. Add ice to the glass, top with remaining ingredients and stir well.

NYC Old Fashioned
Gaby Brasserie Française at Sofitel New York
Bitters have long been used as a natural remedy for digestive ills while maple syrup is a great source of immunity-boosting manganese.
* 1 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
* 1 oz. Remy Martin VSOP
* ¼ oz. maple syrup
* 2 dashes coffee bitters
* Orange zest

Measure all ingredients into a pint mixing glass. Fill it ¾ full of ice and stir swiftly for 20 seconds. Strain over large format ice into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with orange zest.

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