Happy Holidays friends, I've got 12 great drinks to help you all celebrate this holiday season like a champ. They're festive, delicious, and will make you oh so merry - so when you can't take any more of Wham!'s Last Christmas head to your bar for two turtle doves of Santa's Secret Sauce.
Our countdown begins with a new twist on an old classic, that venerable standby the Old Fashioned. As far as mixed drinks go, this one is about as simple as it gets. Bitters, sugar and spirit. Simple, elegant and timeless, but my seasonal riff on this cocktail calls for a tincture combo in lieu of the bitters, and vanilla simple syrup to give a special twist. Enjoy!
2 oz bourbon whiskey
1/4 oz vanilla simple syrup
2 dashes cardamom cocktail spice
1 dash cinnamon tincture*
Place all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir briskly, strain into double rocks glass with a single large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel.
*To make cinnamon tincture, place a single stick of cinnamon in a 1/2 quart mason jar filled with bourbon. Let stand for 4-5 days, filter through cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer into dropper bottles.