Christmas cocktails are arguably the best cocktails. Alas, mixology is not my strong suit. So I asked an expert for his advice! Yusef Austin, AKA The Cocktail Architect, is a Brooklyn-based beverage genius. His emphasis on seasonal ingredients, quality, creativity, and taste generates sophisticated cocktails with a multi-sensory experience. Craft three of his staple Christmas cocktails at home by following the recipes below.
Merry and Bright
Cheerful with a zing.
Ingredients: 2 oz. Local Gin, Hibiscus Tea Mixer (Dried Hibiscus, Cinnamon Stick, Orange Zest, Crushed Cardamom, Cloves) and 3/4 oz. Meyer Lemon Juice
Garnish: Dehydrated Lemon Wheel
Shake and strain into a martini or coupe glass.
Christmas spice classic.
Ingredients: 2 oz. Local Whiskey, 1 oz. Chili Infused Honey, 1 oz. Orange + Lemon Juice Mix
Garnish: Orange Flamed Twist & Sphere Ice Cube
Shake and strain into a double rocks glass.
The perfect dessert cocktail.
Ingredients: 2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Tonka Bean + Vanilla Bean Mixer/Syrup, 1 oz. Chilled Espresso
Garnish: Whipped Cream, Grated Cinnamon
Shake and strain into a vintage cocktail glass.