Thursday, December 8, 2016

15 Days of Holiday Drinks (Day 1)

black-cherry-mule• Each year, I offer readers a lineup of cocktail creations for the holiday season, culled from combing through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned.  


Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Something refreshing, but with a bit of a kick? Then you'll probably enjoy this cocktail if you don't mind doing a little shopping around to find the necessary fruit.  

2 ounces Belvedere vodka or your favorite brand Ginger beer
6 fresh cherries
Dash of simple syrup
Dash of fresh lime juice
Dash of Peychaud bitters

Muddle all ingredients thoroughly. Then, shake and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with a float of ginger beer and garnish with a cherry. If you want to be very seasonable, use bright green or bright red maraschino cherries for the garnish.

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