The flavor booster in this cocktail is a syrup made from maple syrup and garam masala, a spice blend from India that can include cloves, nutmeg, cumin, and coriander. These warm, earthy spices pair perfectly with cardamom-infused gin. Each sip increases the aromatic taste of this intoxicating, chai-like cocktail.
The flavor of this cocktail is inspired by the taste of freshly baked banana bread. Toasted pecan-infused rye, vanilla vodka, and allspice dram combine to give the drink a sweet, nutty flavor. This would be a nice alternative to dessert at the end of a holiday meal.
The Orchard Fizz
The intense apple flavor of apple ice wine is the star of this tart, fruit-forward cocktail. Egg whites and soda add a festive fizz, so though apple ice wine isn’t the most common ingredient, it’s worth searching out if you’re looking for a special holiday drink.
Thanks to her Swiss mother, marzipan was always a holiday staple in the household of Clock Bar bartender Suzanne Miller. It inspired her to make this drink, which pairs nutty marzipan with Ron Anejo Pampero Aniversario, a dark, full flavored rum. Brandied cherries, Combier orange liqueur, and orange juice complete the drink, which tastes exactly like a traditional European bakery smells at Christmastime.
Pears have a honeyed sweetness that complements all types of liquors. Take this unexpected combination of pisco, pear, and riesling. Riesling highlights the honey flavor of the fruit, while grapefruit juice adds a tart acidity. Indeed, far from being overly sweet, this cocktail is light yet boozy. Serve it with appetizers for a refreshing sip.
Invisible Man #2
This cocktail came about when bartender Steven Mercer wanted to mix white whiskey into the cocktail structure of a Manhattan. With a dash of plum bitters and crème de cacao, the drink morphed into a tribute to the British holiday favorite, plum pudding. Despite its fruit flavors, this all-alcohol drink has a lingering bite.
Behind the bar
Suzanne Miller mixes up cocktails in this delightfully retro bar tucked away in the Westin St. Francis Hotel.