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Holiday Cocktails

As you prepare for this month’s busy stretch of holiday entertaining, Cruzan Rum, Knob Creek Bourbon, EFFEN Vodka, Canadian Club and Laphroaig are here to help make your cocktail menu a little more festive this season. Each cocktail has a unique flavor reminiscent of the winter holidays, whether you’re preparing for a Christmas Day brunch, Hanukkah dinner party or New Year’s Eve bash.


Laphroaig® Broadbay Sour
Created by Portland, OR mixologist, Jordan Felix
1 1/4 parts Laphroaig® Select
1/4 part Amontillado Sherry
3/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons of Orange Marmalade
3 drops of Aromatic Bitters
Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)
Orange Peel (for garnish)

Method: Build all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fine strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with large ice. Garnish with a burnt cinnamon stick & orange peel.



Cruzan® Spiced Apple Cider
1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum
1 part Simple Syrup
3/4 parts fresh Lemon Juice
1 part Cider

Method: Combine ingredients in a glass and serve over ice. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and allspice.



Knob Creek® Hot Toddy
1 1/2 parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
Orange Slice
Lemon Wedge
3-5 Whole Cloves
Hot Water
Dollop of Honey

Method: In a pre-warmed coffee mug, muddle cloves, orange and lemon. Add Knob Creek® Bourbon and top with hot water. Add honey as desired. Stir with a cinnamon stick.





EFFEN® Vodka Grapefruit Bubbly
2 parts EFFEN® Vodka
2 parts Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
Top with Prosecco

Method: Pour ingredients into a champagne flute in the order listed and garnish with a lemon twist.




The CC™ 100% Rye War on Winter
1 part Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky
3 parts Steamed Milk
1 pinch Brown Sugar
Dried Cloves (to taste)
1-2 Cinnamon Sticks
Dash of Nutmeg
Method: Heat milk on stove on low heat with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and brown sugar. Stir until combined and bring to a quick boil. Pour CC 100% Rye into a heat-proof glass and add milk mixture. Top with milk foam and a dash of cinnamon powder.


Basil Hayden’s® ​Spiced Fig
Created by ​Los Angeles, ​CA ​mixologist, ​Rob Floyd
2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3⁄4 part Fresh Lime Juice
3⁄4 part Simple Syrup
2 Ripe Figs, halved
Ground Cloves
1 Lemon Peel (for garnish)

Method: Muddle figs in a shaker.​ ​Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, lime juice and simple syrup to shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a coupe glass and top with ground cloves
​and a lemon peel.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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