By LUCY GUANUNA
Seasonal ingredients are making their way into chilled glasses or warm mugs near you thanks to Eastside mixologists who are crafting holiday cocktails with flavors like cinnamon, peppermint and butterscotch. The Greyhound, for example, has elevated the traditional eggnog recipe by infusing whiskey with charred oak chips while Winsome’s buttered scotch is made with miso butterscotch to give the drink a kick of umami.
Big Bar’s take on an Old Fashioned may be served on ice, but it’s ingredients are sure to warm you up.
- Fireside Chats – brown butter washed Tequila Tapatío reposado, Highland Park Magnus Scotch, Benedictine, Smith & Cross Rum, Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan bitters and Angostura bitters.
This drink was made to taste like a holiday in the tropics.
- Felix & Oscar – A mix of blended scotch, coconut, pineapple and lemon.
Mohawk Bend’s hot toddy gives the traditional recipe a Mexican twist with horchata vodka.
- Hot Toddy – Fugu Horchata Vodka, Geijer Spirits California Spiced Liqueur and house-made vegan chocolate syrup. Served warm with a peppermint stick.
This German tavern offers a warm mulled wine to accompany its traditional German dishes.
- Glühwein – Red wine, orange peel, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and cloves.
The Greyhound continues its tradition of serving house-made eggnog, some of which has been aged since last December.
- Eggnog – Anchor White Christmas Whiskey infused with charred oak chips, chocolate barley malt, and a variety of winter spices. The infused whiskey is combined with a standard custard base of egg & cream, along with dark rum, cognac, and The Greyhound’s house bourbon blend.
On Christmas Eve, The York serves up a Scandinavian version of mulled wine that’s sure to liven the holiday festivities.
- Glögg – red wine, rum almonds, cloves, orange peel and cinnamon.
Winsome’s mixologist has replaced salt with miso when making the butterscotch for their hot winter cocktail.
- Hot Miso Buttered Scotch – Blended Scotch, miso butterscotch and cinnamon.
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