The holidays, although festive and fun, are actually one of the most stressful times of the year. Where do we go? Which side of the family do we see? What can I get (insert name) for (insert relevant cultural holiday)? What food do I make? What should I drink? So many questions, but the only answer I have for you is what you SHOULD be drinking to celebrate the end of the holiday madness as we look to ring in the New Year in style.
I collaborated with Igee Okafor & Erik Parapar at the southern-inspired cocktail bar / restaurant, Porchlight, to create some festive, NYE-related content featuring three easy-to-make / source cocktails that will, without a doubt, impress your guests in both style and taste. I've included one classic, one riff, and one original recipe - tag me on instagram if you decide to whip up some of these bad-boys. I'll be sure to share :) Cheers!
French 75 (Holiday Riff)
The French 75 is one of the more historic cocktails in American history dating back to the late 1800s, early 1900s (depending on who you ask). The ambiance that this exquisitely chic cocktail provides is one that replicates your finest Oscar after-party or, in this case, NYE black tie event. This cocktail, refreshingly light and a great palate cleanser, is fitting for a classy lady or gentlemen. One who, while maintaining their class, is low-key getting a strong buzz on...just the way they like it.
1 oz Gin
1/2 oz Lemon
1/2 oz Simple Syrup (If you're feeling ambitious & festive, make / use Rosemary syrup)
Topped with 2-3 oz of Champagne
Garnish: Rosemary & Lemon Peel
Mixing Instructions: mix gin, lemon & syrup in a shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously (a little body roll with the shake ain't ever kill nobody). Strain into champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish and voila!
This cocktail is the true poster-child for beauty in simplicity. Birthed at the legendary, NYC cocktail bar Milk & Honey, this 3-ingredient masterpiece is an excellent mid-evening sipper. This is one of those cocktails that is not only bad, boozy and beautiful, it is also delicious. If you are a "rough around the edges", bourbon kind of guy / gal who enjoys a simple, sophisticated cocktail, the Gold Rush is a no-brainer. (It's probably my favorite cocktail, that's saying something!)
2 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Lemon
3/4 oz Honey Syrup
Garnish: Lemon Peel
Mixing Instructions: mix all ingredients in shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into rocks glass. Garnish & serve.
A B-Von original, this cocktail's name speaks for itself. It is a light, refreshing, flavorful fizz that gets the party started. No matter who you are, if you've had a hard, long, 2017 and can't wait to start with a clean slate, stick with the Party Starter. The average drinking rate is 3 drinks/hr so stay woke...it should be a festive night to say the least.
1 1/2 oz Tequila
3/4 oz Lemon
1/2 oz Honey Syrup
4 Dashes Scrappy's Lavender Bitters
2-3 oz Fevertree Tonic Water
Garnish: Grapefruit Peel
*Peychaud's Bitters is an acceptable substitution if unable to source.
Mixing Instructions: Include all ingredients into shaker (excluding tonic water & 2 Dashes of lavender bitters). Shake, and strain into highball glass. Top with tonic water & 2 dashes of lavender bitters. Garnish with grapefruit peel and serve.