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Dec 21, 2010 11:30 AM

Post Christmas Eve Dinner Cocktail

I'm hosting Christmas at my house for the first time and after dinner on Christmas Eve my parents, husband and I will be assembling toys for our son. I thought it would be nice to have a cocktail to go along with the effort, but not a heavy eggnog or bloody bull after a rich dinner (having roasted beef tenderloin with red wine reduction, potato gratin, broccolini). I'm much more of a beer and wine drinker, so I'm not really sure where to start. I'd love some suggestions! Open to all types of liquer. Thanks!

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  1. Personally, I'd probably sip a bit of scotch, cognac, or maybe kirshwasser. Or an amaro.

    For more a cocktail proper, how about an old fashioned, maybe with muddled orange and lemon and a big dash of bitters (in the mid-late century manner)? That strikes me as a great holiday cocktail. Or a Manhattan?

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    1. re: EvergreenDan

      My dad drinks Manhattans 365 days a year as his standard drink, otherwise I'd go that route. Old fashioned is a nice idea - thanks!

      1. re: EvergreenDan

        How about a riff on a Manhattan, then. These cocktails have rye and amaro:

        I'm particularly fond of A Moment of Silence, from Beta cocktails:
        A Moment of Silence
        1 1/2 oz Rye
        1 oz Apricot liqueur , Marie Brizzard (or Roth & Winter Orchard Apricot
        ) 1/2 oz Amaro, Averna
        1/2 oz Angostura bitters
        1/4 oz Apple brandy
        1 rinse Campari

        Rinse a rocks glass with Campari. Stir and strain over fresh ice into
        rinsed glass and garnish with an orange twist.

        "Highly recommended". Rather like a Manhattan on steriods. Even though there is no vermouth, the Angostura gives the same impression.