Mixology

Holiday Cocktails Aplenty!

The holidays are a time for family, friends, food, and…cocktails! While hot (mulled wine, cider) and heavy (eggnog) options are also lovely, here in southern California we get the holiday spirit amid sunny days and warmer weather. With hints of perfume, spice, and citrus, these holiday favorites—including two Thread originals—are sure to warm your spirit without making you sweat.

 

Thread 2016 Holiday Punch Cocktail

  • 1 large ice cube
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • juice from 1 lime wedge
  • 2 oz. rye whiskey (Bulleit Rye is our go-to)
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 3 oz. ginger beer (the spicier the better—we love Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew)
  • orange slice for garnish

 

Mix juices, cinnamon, and whiskey in a cocktail mixer and pour over a large ice cube in a chilled glass. Top off with ginger beer, garnish with orange slice, and enjoy this tart creation of ours.

 

Winter Rose

 

In shaker, pour juices and rose syrup over ice. Shake for 10 sec. Add rosewater, both bitters, and gin. Shake for another 10 seconds then strain into coupe glasses. Garnish with a single fresh sage sprig and enjoy.

 

Hanky Panky

  • ice
  • 1.5 oz. gin
  • 1.5 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Fernet-Branca
  • orange peel for garnish

 

Pour ingredients over ice into a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist orange peel over drink and drop into glass. Sip this American classic with guests.

Whiskey Wednesday: Mint Julep Recipe

    The mint julep is a beloved southern tradition linked most famously to the Kentucky Derby. It may be too late for partaking of Derby fun, but with that race's winner and local champ California Chrome now competing for a Triple Crown, we at THREAD are still eager to beat the heat with this undeniable (and easy!) summer classic. This recipe yields two servings. Multiply or divide according to your needs, experiment, and modify to your taste.

 

The mint julep is a beloved southern tradition linked most famously to the Kentucky Derby. It may be too late for partaking of Derby fun, but with that race's winner and local champ California Chrome now competing for a Triple Crown, we at THREAD are still eager to beat the heat with this undeniable (and easy!) summer classic. This recipe yields two servings. Multiply or divide according to your needs, experiment, and modify to your taste.

Ingredients 

6 ounces Bourbon whiskey
2 level teaspoons sugar 
fresh spearmint
crushed ice

Instructions

Place between 20 and 40 mint leaves (or a 4-6 sprigs) in a pint glass or martini shaker. Sprinkle sugar over it, pour in Bourbon, and muddle. Stir a bit to incorporate sugar and Bourbon. 

Let sit for at least 15 minutes (this would be an ideal time to go off and have a barbecue). 

Add ice to mixture and shake (optional). 

Fill two Old Fashioned glasses with finely crushed ice and strain mixture into glasses. Optionally, top it off with a splash of club soda.

Add a short straw and garnish with a nice mint sprig. 
 

Enjoy!