Whether you need a little liquid courage before you hit the mistletoe or you just like to serve your guests a cocktail before a big Christmas meal, Stephen Tyson, general manager of the Ember Grille and Wine Bar has you covered.
One of the main drinks Ember will serve this year, according to Tyson, is the Apple Bourbon Sour. "The house made apple butter together with your favorite bourbon come together with just the right amount of sweetness and spice,” Tyson says.
If you’d like to try it at home, just shake a shot of bourbon, some apple cider, lemon juice and a tablespoon of apple butter in a shaker with ice until blended.
Or if you’re looking to get a little wild with your Christmas cocktails, you can take a page from NYC’s Sidebar and shake up some crème de menthe, vodka, and crème de cocoa. Garnish your martini glass with a candy cane and get the party started.
Maybe you want something more sedate but still festive. Just mix gin, ginger ale, and cranberry simple syrup garnished with mint and fresh cranberries for a drink that’s as pretty as it is refreshing.
If you make all three of these, you’ll cover the full flavor palette of the Christmas holidays. If you drink all three of these, your caroling might get a little more interesting.