Enjoy sights, sounds and aromas of the holiday season along with a few delicious sips as friends, family and work mates gather for festive parties and gift giving.  These cocktails nip winter’s frosty chill in the bud with the use of dark spirits and richly rewarding mixers.

Turkey Hill Honey Comb

2 ounces Wild Turkey Bourbon

1 ounce Wild Turkey American Honey

1/4 ounce Cherry Liqueur

2 Dashes Whiskey Aged Bitters

Cube Pure Honeycomb Garnish

Place liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir until thoroughly chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cube of pure honeycomb placed within the cocktail.

Bourbon Crusta – adapted by Reza Esmaili, Zare at Fly Trap

1-1/2 ounce Elijah Craig 12yr Bourbon

1/2 ounce Old Senor Curacao

1/4 ounce Luxardo Maraschino

Lemon wedge – Juiced

Dash Angostura bitters

Lemon Twist Garnish

Wet half of rim of coupe cocktail glass. Roll outside rim only in sugar leaving half of glass without sugar. Set aside. Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into coupe glass. Make wide, thin lemon twist using potato peeler. Garnish drink by placing lemon twist inside glass along the outer wall of the glass.

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Nip Winter’s Chill with Festive Dark Spirited Cocktails

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