Nobody can quite match the joyful eccentricity of the drinks at the Aalto Lounge. Whether you're enjoying a celebratory drink or contemplating a fatal flirtation with the other side, they've got a brew to help you make it through the winter. Bartender Kevin Cradock donates this delicious martini recipe.
1 part Frangelico
2 parts Vanilla Stoli
Shaken with espresso beans and ice
Strain into a chilled martini glass and voila!
Cranberry & Pomegranate Vodka Martini
Slow Bar infuses their own vodka with seasonal fruit--a process much simpler than it sounds. To make this vodka, owner Rob Hemmerling says, "simply combine one bottle of your favorite vodka with 1 1/2 cups of whole cranberries and the seeds of one pomegranate. Let sit for at least one day before using."
To make the drink: Combine one sugar cube and a lemon wedge. Muddle with ice. Add two ounces of infused vodka. Shake well and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. KS
Almond Nog (non-alcoholic)
The raw foodies at Smart Monkey foods give you this healthy, delicious raw food nog.
1/4 cup almonds. Soak in filtered water for 8-12 hours and rinse well
5 dates, pitted
1/2 pod vanilla bean, optional
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups coconut water or filtered water
Blend ingredients with one cup water until smooth, Then, add remaining two cups water, blend and drink! Almond nog will keep for several days in the fridge, and makes a great morning drink, too! KS
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is the perfect creamy, decadent drink for the holidays. Salvador Molly's bar manager Rick Saddle suggests this simple recipe.
1 ounce Gold Jamaican rum
1 Tbsp Trader Vic's butter
1/2 ounce créme de cocoa
a zest of lemon and orange
In a 10-ounce glass mix tablespoon Trader Vic's Butter in six ounces of hot water. Stir well until butter is totally dissolved. Add 1/2 ounce of Créme de Cocoa, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, a single whole clove, and a twist of orange and lemon. Swizzle with a straw and serve with love. AH
The fine folks at Rheinlander on NE Sandy didn't want to reveal the top-secret recipe to their signature holiday concoction. But the basics for gluwein (gloo-vine), a favorite of drunken valkyries everywhere, is easy enough to make at home.
1 gallon red wine
1 bottle white wine
2 cups brandy
1 cup sugar
4-6 sticks cinnamon
In a large pot, slowly heat the wine, uncovered. Once the liquid is warm to the touch (don't boil it), add sugar and spices. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add brandy. Add lemon and orange slices and steep for at least forty minutes. Serve hot with a slice of orange. Serves 12. PA
Getting your horribly annoying family drunk helps to drown out the din of their horrible, unsolicited advice. Margot, at Salvador Molly's, gives up a recipe for this traditional Jamaican Christmas drink that even Grandma will guzzle.
In a double boiler over low heat, place 1/2 bottle of good gold rum (Appleton Estate is a good choice).
1 stick cinnamon
3 whole cloves
1 strip orange peel (no white pith!)
1 strip lemon peel (ditto!)
Heat on low for 20-30 minutes, cool slightly, and mix in remainder of rum. "Serve warm straight," Margot advises, "or mix with soda water for a delightful Christmas cocktail!" AH
Yard of Flannel
Karen, bartender at Club 21, also provides this recipe--which sounds both comforting and disgusting:
1 quart ale
4 ounces gold rum
3 ounces granulated sugar
Heat ale in a large saucepan (don't boil!) over low heat. In a separate bowl, combine gold rum, superfine granulated sugar, eggs, and some nutmeg and cinnamon; beat well. Pour into a pitcher, stirring heated ale slowly, until mixture is creamy. Pour into heated mugs and… enjoy? MS
Between all the eating, drinking, eating, and drinking, we quite often need to find our second wind over the holidays. The best solution? The traditional blend of caffeine and booze. Recipe compliments of Club 21.
A shot of 151
a shot of Kahlúa
Sugar the rim of the glass. Pour the rum in and light it on fire (don't blow on it), then simply add the Kahlúa, coffee, whipped cream, and garnish with spices. The Kahlúa and coffee will put out the flame, and if they don't, the whipped cream will. Drink safely. MS