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Our best Remix cocktail recipes for the season

Shake up a cocktail party with holiday favorites from our Remix column

Photo: Jessica Bryce Young, License: N/A

Jessica Bryce Young


If you follow our monthly Remix column – which of course you do – you know that every month we take a classic cocktail and update it with a fresh new twist. For your December drinking convenience, we’ve gathered up our recipes for Xmas-appropriate classics to give, get and glug.

HOLIDAY TRADITIONAL

Frozen milk punch

  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces Cruzan blackstrap rum
  • 8 ounces Van Gogh espresso vodka
  • 6 ounces simple syrup or 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters

Whisk together the milk and half-and-half in a large bowl, then whisk in the rest of the ingredients. Transfer to a large freezer-safe container and freeze for four to eight hours until slushy. Stir before serving.

Eggnog popsicles

  • 1 box vanilla stovetop pudding mix (3.5 ounces)
  • 2 cups eggnog*
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix (or 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg)
  • 1/2 cup bourbon

In a medium saucepan, slowly whisk the pudding mix and spices into the eggnog. While stirring constantly (not joking: constantly) with a heat-safe spoon, cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Take it off the heat, stir in the bourbon, and set aside to cool for 20 minutes or so, stirring every few minutes to prevent a skin from forming.

Spoon into popsicle molds and freeze overnight (or for at least six hours). The popsicles may be a bit soft; the strong aroma of bourbon should make up for the relatively low alcohol content by creating a placebo effect.

*Make it yourself (yeah, right) or buy it pre-made. If you’re buying, all-natural eggnog truly tastes and freezes better than cheaper store brands with HFCS and guar gum.

Inside-out Irish coffee

  • fresh-brewed strong coffee
  • 1 ounce Tuaca
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey (like Bushmills or Jameson)
  • 8 drops Bittermens Xocolatl
    Mole Bitters
  • 1 ounce whole milk

Allow the coffee to come to room temperature, then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.

Once frozen, place two or three iced-coffee cubes in a cocktail shaker and add Tuaca, whiskey, bitters and milk. Shake medium-hard – you want to give the coffee a head start on diffusing into the other ingredients. Pour into a rocks glass and serve.

Note on ingredients: Tuaca is a brandy-based liqueur with vanilla and citrus notes, sweet enough (though not cloyingly so) that there’s no need to add sugar or simple syrup. Bittermens mole bitters are indispensable in this drink – and available at Total Wine; don’t skip that step. And organic milk tastes notably better than conventional. Treat yourself!

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