A lot of people reading this will make it well into 2014 before regaining any pretense of leisure time in their daily lives. Most of 2013’s remaining hours will for them be consumed with holiday shopping, decorations to be hung, relatives to visit, and hosting family gatherings. Good food will be eaten. Funny stories will be told. Happy people will share some wonderful, memorable moments of camaraderie and bonding. But as we all know, those moments don’t just fall out of the sky. The amount of planning, adaptation, and precision required in order to pull them off with minimal hitches can drive a person to drink.
Bearing this in mind, Vikingfjord Vodka (of Norway’s leading wine and spirits purveyor, Arcus beverage company) has partnered with Meaghan “Velvet Hammer” Dorman, Head Bartender at subterranean NYC speakeasy The Raines Law Room, to create a festive cocktail trio. The Cider Delighter and Apple Pick Me are made with Vikingfjord, while the St. Nick’s Trick uses another Arcus brand, Linie Aquavit. Together, they add up to three good ways to mix things up and get the holiday spirits into you this year.
• 1.5 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka
• 0.5 oz. Allspice Dram
• 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
• 1.5 oz. Apple Cider
• Dash of Baked Apple Bitters
Preparation: Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Add a red apple slice for garnish.
Apple Pick Me
• 1.5 oz. Vikingfjord Apple Vodka
• 0.5 oz. Apple Brandy
• Fever Tree Ginger Beer
• 2 Pressed Lime Wheels
Preparation: Press two lime wheels into bottom of Collins glass. Add ice, then Vikingfjord Apple vodka, apple brandy and top with ginger beer. Garnish with green apple slice and candied ginger.
St. Nick’s Trick
• 1 oz. Linie Aquavit
• 1 oz. Gran Classico
• 1 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
• 2 Dashes Bittermens Tiki Bitters
Preparation: Build in rocks glass, stir with large rock and garnish with orange peel, oil expressed on cocktail.