Ditch the bubbly and mix up one of these lux cocktails to ring in the New Year.
Everything about this year has been weird, so why not skip the champagne for something with a little more spunk to kick the last hours of 2020 out the door.
With its smooth and elegant finish, this bold cocktail is inspired by Mexican world champion boxer & Hennessy ambassador, Canelo Álvarez. The rich flavors of fruit, cinnamon and spice draw inspiration from Ponche Navideño, a traditional Mexican punch. Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège is the perfect balance of red fruit with subtle barrel spice, complimenting a flavorful Ponche Navideño syrup for a refreshing take on an Old Fashioned.
- 2 oz. Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac
- 1/4 oz. Ponche Navideño syrup* (cinnamon or spice syrup)
Preparation: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, stir to chill, strain into a rocks glass over large cube. Garnish with a lemon twist and dehydrated apple wedge.
*Ponche Navideño Syrup
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 4 cups water
Combine over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Once boiling, add the following and reduce to a simmer
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup chopped prunes
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 3 hibiscus tea bags
- 2 cubes chopped red apple
- 1 whole orange peel
- 6 cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
Preparation: Reduce by 1/3rd, remove from heat and strain to remove spices and fruit. Place syrup into a container and refrigerate.
Old Fashioned Recipe – Loews Minneapolis Hotel
- 2 oz. Bullet Bourbon
- 1/2 oz. Peach Liqueur
- 1/2 oz. Demerara Simple Syrup
- 1 bar spoon of Luxardo Cherry Juice
- 1 dash of Angostura Bitters
- 1 dash of Peychauds Bitters
Preparation: Stir in Bar Glass on ice. Strain in large “Rocks” glass with one large ice sphere. Garnish with Orange Peel and 2 Luxardo Cherries.
- 2 cups Rhum Barbancourt Reserve Speciale
- 2 cups of cream of coconut sweetened
- 2 cups of condensed milk
- 2 tbsp. pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
- 4 tsp. Fresh Lime Juice
Preparation: In a large bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly. Pour into a glass container or glass bottle and refrigerate until serving. It can also be served over ice. Always shake the bottle or glass container before serving. Store in the refrigerator. This recipe should yield about 6 cups.
Aviation Mister C – Bisha Hotel Toronto
- 1 1/2 oz. Tanqueray Gin
- 1/2 oz. Maraschino liqueur
- 1/3 oz. Creme de Violette
- 1 oz. Lemon Juice
- 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
Preparation: Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. Serve straight up without ice.