George Bailey

While walking the dog this weekend, I was surprised to see the amount of people who were busy putting up Christmas trees. It takes me a while after Thanksgiving to get into the Christmas mood. So when I got home, I snuggled down to my favorite holiday movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and this cocktail.

Barolo Chianto is one of my most loved digestifs because it is laced with cinnamon, iris flowers and vanilla. Leopold’s gin has a wonderful array of botanicals that suggest cardamom and coriander. Cherry Heering’s dark cherry notes balances out each spice and endures every sip.

  • 1.5 oz Leopold’s American Small Batch Gin
  • 1 oz Barolo Chinato
  • .5 oz Cherry Heering
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a beaker with ice. Stir well. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass.


Some of my girl friends are on the gluten-free, dairy free diet and have sworn off eggnog for the season so this cocktail is for them. One of my closest friends was thrilled when she found that out and with a big sip proclaimed,“a little Noel cocktail.” So I am naming it Noel.

  • 6 oz Almond Eggnog
  • 1.5 oz Woodford Reserve

Add one and a half ounces Woodford Reserve to a Bodum glass. Fill the rest of the glass up with Almond Eggnog. Stir well. Garnish with cinnamon.

Almond Egg Nog

  • 6 extra-large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups almond milk
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 20 ounces coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a small bowl beat egg yolks and sugar until thickened. Set aside. Heat almond milk with the cinnamon stick in a small saucepan stirring frequently for about ten minutes or until the liquid has reduced by a third.

Pour almond milk into egg mixture very slowing while whisking egg mixture so the eggs don’t scramble.

Return mixture to the saucepan, stirring just until the mixture begins to boil a little bit and thicken.

Mix in vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate for an hour before serving.