Violet Beauregarde Part 2
Josh Berner of Ripple shared this sparkling cocktail made with Liqueur De Violettes from Tempus Fugit, along with Aperol, lemon juice, and sparkling wine. It's refreshingly sweet and aromatic, garnished with an extra long lemon twist that invites you to take in a strong dose of lemony aroma with each sip.
Royal Garland Fizz
This Christmas themed cocktail from Jon Harris of Firefly was inspired by the tradition of stringing cranberries and popcorn into tree garlands. A mix of cranberry infused gin, Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau de Vie, lime juice, homemade popcorn cream syrup, and sparkling wine is topped with chopped rosemary for added aroma. It's a refreshing, rich drink with a subtle touch of salt.
The Columbia Room's Matthew Ficke describes his festive Poinsettia Cocktail as the "world's fanciest cranberry juice cocktail." Made with Cointreau, and homemade spiced cranberry syrup, baked apple bitters, and sparkling wine, it's a tart and citrusy mix that is reminiscent of a hard Orangina.
Alex Bookless of The Passenger shared this great option for larger gatherings: it looks and tastes as festive as they come. Made with cognac, sherry, lemon and orange juice, and sparkling wine, the nutmeg-garnished punch is as sweet and spicy as it is effervescent. Bookless recommends using a large, single block of ice by freezing water in a large plastic tupperware container. For a festive touch, freeze pomegranate or orange slices into the ice.
Gotta Wear Shades
The Gotta Wear Shades from Josh Berner of Ripple is a slight twist on the classic Champagne cocktaill, featuring homemade orange-flavored sugar cubes, cherry bitters, and strands of shaved pear. The subtle hints of citrus and the aroma of pear gives the drink an added sweetness and acidity.