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Thirsty Holiday Reporter: Three Spirit Egg Nog and Whiskey Apple Collins

Marcella Thompkins
Three Spirit Egg Nog

Boozy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Tired of your pumpkin spice lagers and lattes? These festive holiday drinks may not come in a special red cup a la Starbucks, but they're certain to get you in the mood regardless. This month, Evan Charest, mixologist for the Patina restaurant group (Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, Café Pinot, Kendall’s Brasserie, Ray’s & Stark Bar) has curated a menu of seasonal cocktails with a twist, and shared the best with Pret-a-Reporter. 'Tis the season of giving, after all.

Three Spirit Egg Nog (Pictured Above)
Says Charest: "What says the holidays more than egg nog? We make everything in-house from scratch and our twist is using a combination of pear brandy, cognac and aged rum, giving some nice depth and complexity of flavor. This cocktail is named after Dickens’ Christmas Carol."

Recipe
0.5 oz  rye
0.5 oz dark rum
0.5 oz pear brandy

Top with egg nog (recipe below, or buy pre-made). Garnish with star anise if possible.

Egg Nog Recipe:
6 eggs
3 cups milk
8 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

If batching liquor with the egg nog, add 2 oz rye, 2 oz dark rum, and 2 oz pear brandy.

Whiskey Apple Collins (Served at: Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, Café Pinot, Kendall’s Brasserie, and Ray’s & Stark Bar)
Says Charest: "A refreshing yet hearty drink consisting of applejack whiskey, apple spice syrup, lemon, soda water and orange bitters. Apples are my favorite ingredient to work with, and I generally get unreasonably excited to work with them!"

Recipe
2 oz bourbon
1 oz Liquid Alchemist Apple Spice
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Top with soda water (2oz)

In a shaker tin, combine bourbon, apple spice, lemon and orange bitters. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Top with soda water and garnish with apple slices (or lemon peel if no apple available).

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