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.

The Feast

I have spent all weekend testing turkey recipes for Thanksgiving. There are plenty of leftovers so if you come over, please come on an empty stomach. Since turkey with cranberry sauce is one of my favorite parts of the whole dinner, I made this little cocktail to go with it. Cheers!

  • 2.5 oz. Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Syrup
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura

Add all ingredients in a beaker with ice. Stir well. Fine strain into a rocks glass over an ice block. Garnish with cranberries and an orange peel.

Cranberry Syrup

  •    1 cup cranberry preserves
  •    1 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  •    Leaves from three springs of mint
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh minced peeled ginger

Combine all ingredients over medium heat. Let simmer ten minutes. Fine strain into an airtight container.

Just Pull The Trigger

Rise and shine, it’s deer hunting time! I recently went hunting with the boys I grew up with. They are all strong, sweet and overly protective of me…except in the mountains. Growing up I can’t tell you how many times we went fishing and they thought it would be funny to tell me that we were suddenly lost. They told me that we would have to survive in the wild for days and I should hope we could follow the north star at night to find our way back to civilization. Yup. It worked. I can still remember being five years old biting my lower lip to hold back tears. Don’t worry I got revenge. There was a patch of stinging nettle in the barn that I somehow convinced them that it was like money trees. All you had to do was pick and sell the nettle. Needless to say I got in deep trouble later on outside the emergency room for that one.  In the mountains it’s all for one. And I am proud to say I can hold my own with a gun. After a long day of tromping around in dirt we sat down at a bonfire and I made this cocktail for everyone. The full richness of  ‘Just Pull The Trigger’  was perfect with a plate of barbeque ribs, our feet up and stories that would continue on into the early hours of the next morning.

I used fig syrup from Crate and Barrel. It was great for this cocktail and can be found here.

  • 1 oz. Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 year old Solera Rum
  • 1 1/4 oz. Cynar
  • 1/4 oz. Fig Vanilla Black Pepper Coffee Syrup
  • Dash Angostura bitters

Stir well in a beaker. Fine strain into a chilled rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.