By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier In the wine industry, you think of Argentina and you immediately think Malbec. Fair enough. It has become the country’s signature grape. However Malbec’s origins are in France’s southwest region of Cahors where it is known as Cot or Auxerrois. The grape remains one of the six “allowable” grapes in Bordeaux, but it was almost completely wiped out in the mid 1900’s by the insect Phylloxera. Enter stage left; Argentina!
Eggnog is a holiday classic that is enjoyed at parties and gatherings throughout the Holiday season. But, did you know that National Eggnog Day is December 23rd? To celebrate the occasion we’ve created our very own Eggnog recipe to share with you. What You’ll Need 8 eggs, separated 1 tsp freshly ground Nutmeg 1/2 tsp Salt 1/3 c Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla extract 4 cups whole milk 2 cups heavy whipping cream Your choice: bourbon
The exact origin of the sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris. The drink was directly named for the motorcycle attachment. What You’ll Need 1.5 ounces Cognac 3/4 ounces Cointreau 3/4 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice Sugar (optional) Directions If you’d like a sugar rim on your glass, coat the rim with lemon juice, place a small amount of sugar
The Bee’s Knees cocktail was created during Prohibition and was one of the first drinks recorded to use honey, which was used instead of plain sugar because it covered up the taste of bootleg, or “bathtub,” gin. What You’ll Need: 2 ounces gin 3/4 ounces lemon juice 3/4 ounces mixed honey Garnish: Lemon wedge Directions: Fill a shaker with the ingredients and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon wedge. Shared from The
Perfect to drink on a chilly winter night, this cocktail was made popular back in the 1930s. What You’ll Need 2 ounces Irish Whiskey 1.5 ounces Dry Vermouth 3-5 dashes of Pernod 3-5 dashes of Angostura bitters Directions Fill a shaker with ice and add ingredients. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass.
The trick to making a Mai Tai taste as refreshing as it looks? Fresh squeezed OJ! What You’ll Need: 1.5 ounces spiced rum 1/2 ounce coconut-flavored rum 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup 3 ounces pineapple juice 2 ounces fresh squeezed orange 1 cup ice cubes Directions: Fill a shaker with ice and pour in the ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass full of ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.
Garnished with fresh cranberries, this refreshing 1950’s drink is incredibly easy to make using classic ingredients. What You’ll Need 1.5 ounces Gin 1 ounce orange juice 1/2 teaspoon grenadine syrup 1 ounce lemon juice Cranberries for garnish Directions Fill a shaker with ice and add ingredients. Shake and pour over ice. Garnish with a few cranberries.
Love White Russians? Then give this a try – the Pumpkin Pie vodka puts a Fall spin on this classic drink . What You’ll Need 1.5 ounces Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka 1 ounce Kahlúa 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 3 ounces whole milk 1 cinnamon stick Directions Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour Pumpkin Pie Vodka, Kahlúa, and pumpkin pie spice into a shaker and shake vigorously to blend the spice. Pour whole milk into the shaker. Shake
Just in time for Thanksgiving – these shots are quick and fun to make to accompany your Pumpkin Pie! What You’ll Need: 1/2 ounce Irish Cream, like Baileys 1/2 ounce Amaretto 1/4 ounce Cinnamon Schnapps Directions: Pour the ingredients into a shot glass and stir. Recipe found on Mix That Drink.
Made popular back in the 1950’s, this drink is easy to make and still popular today if you want to ask for it at a bar! What You’ll Need 3 ounces Gin 2 ounces lemon juice 1 ounce simple syrup Club soda Maraschino cherries Directions Pour the Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a tall glass with a handful of ice. Fill the remainder of the glass with club soda. Mix all of the ingredients