Trisha says: I was sitting here at my in-laws in the wee morning hours of Christmas. Everyone else in the house had already gone to bed. I was listening to Christmas carols and doing my nails and decided I didn’t want to have more caffeine. So the natural alternative is a cocktail, right? Enjoy my quick original concoction, the Candy Cane Cutie.
Alie & Georgia say: Amaros are Italian herbal liqueurs, rich and syrupy, bitter and sweet with deep herbaceous aromas. We made this stirred drink and it turned out to be a perfect balance between the snap of the rye in the whiskey, the herbal sweet notes from the amaro. The slightly bitter and chocolaty espresso marries those flavors together, cuts the sweetness and gives it complexity. And Luxardo cherries are maraschino sophisticated older sister, so make sure you use these classy, dark red berries instead of the garish red ones you see at dive bars. This cocktail would be perfect for sitting in a leather club chair after dinner, talking about your guests’ world travels. Or the latest Real Housewives episode.
Alie & Georgia say: Simple but delicious. That’s why we love this one. Licor 43 is sweet and has wonderful vanilla notes, making it a great complement to so many cocktails. This makes a great after-dinner drink.
Alie & Georgia say: The reposado tequila gives this cocktail some oaky depth, but the orange liqueur lends brightness and sweetness. The espresso has a smoky complexity and when stirred over ice and garnished with an orange peel, you have a rich and sophisticated sipper.