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!
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?
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.