Back in early December I was commissioned by a brand to create 2 holiday-inspired cocktails for a campaign they were launching (American Greetings/CardStore's Hipster Christmas). Mike and I attempted making all sorts of things but it was hard coming up with new concoctions because to be honest, I don't really enjoy drinking all that much. I think quitting my bartending job 3+ months ago did me in. I'm not the type of person who likes to drink at home (ever, really. Less maybe half a beer here or an attempt at a glass of wine there haha). I prefer drinking in social situations and those are few and far between with a 4 year old + home renovations. Anyway -- We'd mix something up and then I'd just have to rely on him to tell me if it was any good or not. Plus I hate eggnog (and by hate I mean I've never tried it but it just grosses me out... Probably not a good way to start a cocktail post!)
Desire to drink aside, I know that I like St-Germain + champagne thanks to my sweet friends Merissa and Kayce. When we moved to East Nashville they brought over a bottle of each and we sat on the front porch socializing for a few hours. It was delicious. I decided to run with that and zest it up just a smidge with some blue curacao. It already had some lemon zest in it, so the blue curacao just gave it a dash more citrus, plus a pretty color! I mean, who wouldn't want to clank those pretty drinks around?! We then garnished it with a raspberry because raspberries are delicious. It totally makes sense right? Seriously, this drink is thebomb.com. It maybe even rivals my love for New Old Ladies (and I mean, c'mon, I have a tattoo for that one...)
1 oz St-Germain
Tiny splash Blue Curacao
Add lemon zest
Garnish with raspberry
This next one is the one where I had to rely on Mike's palate. It looks so delicious and pretty, but I just can't get past the thick eggnog texture personally. Luckily so many of my family and friends love eggnog so this one ended up being a real hit around the house on Christmas Eve. I'll just let the recipe do the talking!
1 oz Jim Beam (or bourbon of your choosing!)
.5 oz Disaronno (or any amaretto liqueur)
Top with whipped cream
Sprinkle with chocolate shavings
Garnish with cinnamon stick
Overall I'm super happy with how the drinks turned out, and even more so about the photos. We shot these around 1am in our living room right before our deadline. Sometimes the 11th hour does us well.
While these were branded as Christmas cocktails, they're truly perfect for any occasion. The LumberJill is a classic winter drink in my opinion, and the Chambray Champagne is perfect for any occasion or season. You can easily swap out the blue curacao for another type of flavored liqueur for a different color or effect. You could even drive it all the way home with some Razzmatazz!
Thanks for entertaining my cocktail posts! Sometimes I miss being a bartender and then I snap out of it haha ;)