As the holidays approach Drink Me has partnered with Heering Liqueur to find the 12 Best Holiday Cocktails in America. There was a deluge of contenders but these ones topped the tree when it came to appearance/presentation, inspiration, creativity and composition/balance.
On the third day of Christmas Jared Bailey gave to Drink Me, the Nightmare Before Christmas.
Jared is Bartender at the Soho Cigar Bar, and wizard of cocktails. We love that he’s a Dave Phinney fan too!
Nightmare Before Christmas
For me, darker spirits have always carried with them a warmer connotation, i.e. red wine and bourbon will always be more associated with warming people up, and for a cooling, summer refresher you’re more apt to go with a gin drink or a chilled glass of white, etc. With that in mind, when the time came to craft a holiday cocktail, Cherry Heering was at the top of my list. It would seem to me, that if you’re going to craft a cocktail specifically for the holidays, it should pack as much punch as it possibly can, which is why I decided to travel along the high-abv lines. Therefore, when I combined the warmer spirits (Burning Chair Bourbon and Cherry Heering) with the medicinally tasting Pernod and the herbaceous Domaine De Canton Ginger liqueur, the final cocktail found itself a perfect complement to the holiday season. — Jared Bailey.
Recipe: Nightmare Before Christmas
- 2 oz Burning Chair Bourbon
- 1/2 oz Cherry Heering
- 1/4 oz Pernod
- 1/4 oz Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
Build: Add all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until well-chilled. Strain neat into a snifter, garnish with a cinnamon stick.
On the second day Moses Laboy, NYC Bar Expert gave us a Smoke Signal. Here’s how it goes.
“It’s winter with dreams of warmer weather. Bringing the flavors of cherry with seasonal apple and the warmth of bourbon. All brought together with a magical presentation of a cinnamon smoked bath.” — Moses Laboy.
Recipe: Smoke Signal
- 1 oz Cherry Heering
- 2 oz Four Roses Bourbon
- .75 Apple Cider
- .5 oz Simple (50/50)
- .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- Cinnamon Smoke Bath
- Brandied Cherry Garnish
Add all ingredients to shaking tin. Add ice, shake till cold. Strain over fresh ice. Bathe entire cocktail in cinnamon smoke and garnish.
On the first day of Christmas my dear Jerry Glover gave to me A One Way Ticket to sublime libation. Jerry is the Bartender at The Federal Grill in Houston, Texas and has created this Heering Cherry Liqueur-inspired holiday cocktail to kick off Heering’s 12 Days of Cocktails.
One Way Ticket
Capturing the flavors of the holidays is essential when creating a cocktail that not only looks and tastes great but also evokes memories of holidays past. That means tapping into the flavors that people expect from holiday foods as well as the smells they’re used to this time of year, as far back as their childhoods. Spiced plum, cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, and sugar all deliver that familiarity. Heering Chery Liqueur is probably one of the best products out there that can tie all of those flavors together without overwhelming the palate. This cocktail is balanced but still well-layered with holiday favorites. Put it on your menu; your customers will love it.
— Jerry Glover.
Recipe: One Way Ticket
- 2 oz Willett 3 Year Rye
- 1 oz Heering Cherry Liqueur
- 1 oz Spiced Plum Syrup*
- 1 Egg White
Build: Shake with hawthorn spring. Remove spring. Fill with ice. Shake extra hard. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.
*Recipe: Spiced Plum Syrup
- 6 Red Plums Cubed
- 5 Cups Sugar
- 5 Cups Water
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks
Build: Boil 20 minutes. Strain and let cool. Keep in fridge up to 10 days.