Strange Magic at the Rum Club
This tart and complex rum cocktail brings together Mt. Gay Black with lime, orange bitters, housemade mulled wine grenadine, and Zucca Amaro, which is a bittersweet Italian amaro made with rhubarb, cardamom, and herbs. The fresh lime and mulled wine syrup take the drink somewhere fruity and refreshing, but the amaro and rum add richness and a hint of smoke and caramel.
Lost Leader from Kask
This luscious Hayman's Old Tom gin-based cocktail from Kask won a last minute spot on our list of favorite cocktails of 2011. Zesty and lightly herbal, it manages to be both smooth and refreshing, with the gin botanicals meshing perfectly into a mix of fresh lemon, Rothman & Winter Orchard Pear liqueur, white rum, and Herbsaint. The oversized lemon twist enhances aroma.
Broken Bike at Clyde Common
If you're eggnogged out, refresh your palate with this bracing and citrusy carbonated cocktail, made with lemon oil, Cynar, white wine, and water. It's crisp and just bitter enough; good for fans of Campari who are ready to move on to another bitter treat.
If you could go for another eggnog, you should try Clyde's, which is on the menu through January. It's amazingly fresh-tasting, just rich enough, and spiked with El Jimador tequila and sherry.
Road to Ruin at Rum Club
Made with rye and Cardamaro, along with white vermouth, orange bitters, and Fernet Branca, this brooding, spirit-forward cocktail somehow creates a crazy buttery-toffee flavor in your mouth. It's orangey and rich but not oversweet, and it will make you wish that Rum Club had a fireplace.
End of Days at Beaker & Flask
If you're craving something smoky, this mezcal concoction will do the trick. Vida Mezcal is mixed with pisco, Cocchi Americano, Yellow Chartreuse, and grapefruit bitters in an intensely aromatic and savory cocktail that mellows into citrus with each sip. We also highly recommend that you stay for dinner—the beef and the duck that we had were killer.