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HOLIDAY DRINKS


DALE'S  HOLIDAY BRANDY OLD FASHIONED *

I have taken a couple liberties with the muddled fruit Old Fashioned that was popular throughout much of the 20th century. Obviously changing the base from whiskey to brandy. I also borrowed a page from the "American Songbook" of the cocktail, Jerry Thomas's Bon Vivants Companion, and flavored my brandy drink with a little rum. I dispensed with the maraschino cherry and instead achieved the flavor by muddling the orange slice with a half-ounce of the world's premier cherry liqueur Peter Heering. I also added a slice of pineapple to the muddled fruit.

INGREDIENTS:
1.5 oz Pierre Ferrand Cognac
0.5 oz Morgan's spiced Rum
2 Dashes Dale's Pimento Bitters
0.5 oz Peter Heering Cherry Heering
2 orange slices
2 Pineapple wedges

Preparation: Muddle one pineapple wedge and one orange slice with the Cheery liqueur and the bitters in a bar mixing glass. Strain off the muddled fruit into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice cubes and add the Cognac. Stir to combine and garnish with an orange slice and a pineapple wedge. 

GENERAL HARRISON'S EGGNOG #3 * 
Adapted From How to mix Drinks, by Jerry Thomas 1862

Initially I was confused whether the recipe in Thomas's book referred to William Henry or his grandson Benjamin Harrison. Both were Generals; one fought in the Revolution and the War of 1812, the other in the Civil War. David Wondrich, in his celebrated book Imbibe, added to the confusion by referring to William Henry as Benjamin. Benjamin did not achieve the rank of General until 1865, three years after the Thomas book was published. However Wondrich points out that William ran for president in the 1840 election on the "Log Cabin and hard Cider" ticket. 

INGREDIENTS:
1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon 
1 fresh egg 
3.5 oz Fresh cider
0.5 oz simple syrup
Dash Dale's Pimento Bitters
Nutmeg berry and grater for garnish
Preparation: Assemble the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake very well with ice to completely emulsify the egg. Strain over into a large goblet and garnish liberally with grated dust with nutmeg.

CHRISTMAS IN JEREZ *
"Sack" has been fueling good times since Shakespeare watered his wonderful drinking scenes liberally with it. Sherry Cobblers were one of the seasonal favorites in Colonial America; we are returning to that heritage with new imports of multiple sherry styles and makers. We are discovering how rich the styles of Spanish sherry are as cocktail ingredients.

INGREDIENTS:
1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1. oz Lustau dry Oloroso sherry
0.5 oz Lustau Pedro Ximenez Sherry
Dash Dale's Pimento Bitters
Orange zest garnish
Stir the first four ingredients well with ice and serve strain into a cocktail glass Garnish with by twisting the oils from an orange zest over the top of the drink.orange zest.
 
GLÖGG
I owe the recipe to the chef of the Swedish embassy in 1989 who graciously shared their time honored recipe with me. At the Rainbow Room we used to offer complimentary Glogg during the twelve days of Christmas. Traditional Swedish Holiday drink. Makes 6 servings

1 bottle of full bodied red wine
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup almonds, blanched
5 Cardamom, crushed
5 cloves, whole
1 cinnamon stick
1 peel of a small orange (yellow part orange)
4 oz. Long Island Vodka
sugar (to taste)

Preparation: Mix together wine, raisins, almonds and spices. In a closed container, let the mixture stand in a closed container at room temperature for 24 hours. Strain the liquid off the spices and fruits; retain the raisins for garnish. Before serving, heat the mixture and add vodka and sugar. Serve hot with a few raisins and fresh blanched almonds in each cup.  Note: Some recipes substitute cognac in place of vodka

RITZ COCKTAIL*
My tribute to the Champagne cocktails of the Ritz Hotel Paris. 
 
  
INGREDIENTS:
0.5 oz Martel VSOP Cognac
0.5 oz Cointreau
0.25 oz Maraschino Liqueur
0.25 oz fresh lemon juice
3 oz Champagne
Preparation: Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass except the Champagne.  Strain into cocktail glass and fill with Champagne. Garnish with flamed orange zest.

*Dale DeGroff Original or Adaptation

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