We are now deep into the holiday season. The scramble to buy presents, the prepping for school pageants and the inevitable holiday parties are in full effect. If you're sick of washing down the sugar cookies with the same old spiked eggnog and mulled wine, we've got some ideas for mixing up your tipple traditions.
Producer Meghan McCarty met up with the cocktail-concocting duo, Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, known as Alie & Georgia, to get some inspiration for creative holiday libations.
Alie and Georgia have appeared on the Food Network and now have a web series for the Cooking Channel. They also appear on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets show.
Alie & Georgia's Recommended Holiday Spirits:
Mostess with the Hostess
2 oz cake-flavored vodka
1/2 oz butterscotch Schnapps
1/4 oz vanilla simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the first three ingredients until well chilled. Dip the rim of a glass in marshmallow fluff, then pour cocktail. Note: this drink is best served as a small dessert cocktail, alongside an optional insulin syringe.
Baby It's Clove Outside
2 teaspoons clove simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
2 oz bourbon
Orange rind for garnish
To make the clove simple syrup, simmer equal parts sugar and water in a pan. (For 1 cup, use about a 2 tbs of whole cloves). Let simmer until dissolves, then set aside to cool. Once cool, strain out cloves. Add 2 tsp clove simple syrup to the bottom of a lowball glass, along with bitters. Stir. Add bourbon and ice and stir thoroughly 10-15 seconds until well chilled. Garnish with an orange peel, then refuse to leave the comforts of your arm chair.
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