Holiday Cocktails

Robert Frost-ini

Whatever holidays you choose to celebrate in December, it’s always nice to have a cocktail in your hand while communing with friends and neighbors. There’s something here for everyone on your list. Cheers!

Breakfast Bellini

Champagne Creamsicle

Hot Buttered Rum Toddy

Mexican Cocoa Martini with Drunken Fluff

Midnight in Paris

Papa Elf’s Cranberry Daiquiri

Pear Champagne Cocktail

Potlikker Sangria

Robert Frost-ini

Swedish Margareta

Tex-Mex Cocoa

 

 

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The Holiday Tipple: Papa Elf’s Cranberry Daiquiri

Papa Elf's Cranberry Daiquiri

Ho ho ho, Boozers. The holiday season has managed to arrive amid all the usual hoopla and hypocrisies, yet somehow we still maintain our childlike wonder at a season full of magic and mystery. Off in a distant winter wonderland, elves are scurrying through sawdust-covered workshops in the rush of preparing for a global gift-giving extravaganza, and we imagine Papa Elf trudging back to his icicle-draped gingerbread cottage at the end of the day, wearily longing for an icy cocktail.

Like Papa Elf, Papa Hemingway also longed for a cocktail at the end of — or perhaps during — a long day of creating the gift of stories for the masses. Being in a somewhat warmer clime, Papa H was all about the daiquiri, tart with lime, warm with rum, then chilled, shaken and served straight up — devilishly simple. This is no syrupy Slurpee of a drink, but rather an elegant end to a day well spent in serving others. Now it’s time to serve yourself.

Papa Elf’s Cranberry Daiquiri

The basic concept of a true Hemingway daiquiri is that it should be mostly tart, but lightly sweet, possibly like the demeanor of a busy elf. While a classic daiquiri is made quite simply with lime juice, sugar, rum, and Maraschino liqueur, we’ve introduced some tart cranberry to give it a seasonal flair.

2 ounces silver rum (we like our local Lyon Distilling Company‘s white rum)

1.5 ounces fresh cranberry-ginger juice (recipe below)

.5 ounce Maraschino liqueur

wedge of fresh lime

Pour first three ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Squeeze in lime juice, stir once, then strain into a chilled Cosmopolitan glass.

to make the fresh cranberry-ginger juice: It may be tempting to use commercial cranberry juice — and you could — but don’t. You’ll be glad you did this. Take 1/2 cup fresh cranberries and a couple of 1/2-inch slices of fresh ginger and put them in a small saucepan with enough water to cover and 1/2 cup of sugar. Bring to a simmer over low heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool, then pour into a blender with 3/4 cup of water. Blend on high until completely liquified, then strain out the solids — you may need to strain twice to get a nice clear liquid. Can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.

 

 

The Hashtag Tipple: #societyisacocktailparty

Hashtag Tipple

Life is no joke, dear Boozers. We often celebrate absurdity with a drink, but some issues are too big to solve with a chuckle over a cocktail. In a world riddled with injustice, happy hour just doesn’t seem quite so cheerful anymore.

Justice is, of course, a tricky subject, as it is perceived differently by each of us. However, it is our view that a truly functioning society is something like a really good cocktail party. A guest at a cocktail party should feel like they are not an outsider but completely accepted – even welcomed – to interact with everyone else on equal terms. Everyone has the same opportunity to partake of a tasty libation and a handful of Chex Mix. Differing opinions on art, politics, childrearing, and the Real Housewives franchise are respectfully discussed, if not universally agreed upon. 

Most importantly, when the guests leave this bastion of acceptance for the outside world, they do not fear for their safety. Women do not feel the need to tug their skirts down a fraction of an inch. Children do not fear the bully lurking in cyberspace. Gay men do not run from sudden footsteps in the darkness. Black teenagers do not have to answer the question “Why are you in this neighborhood?”. Parents do not worry that their children will never come home.

Because in a world of justice, even when you leave your comfort zone, you should still feel comfortable. We are all guests at the same party. 

#everylifematters