Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to master the nights boozy-beverage. From vodka, whiskey, rum and even tequila, some of Miami’s best restaurants are letting us in on their behind-the-bar secrets. If you’re playing bartender for your Thanksgiving celebrations or are just looking for a few new cocktail recipes to get in the holiday spirit give these a try.
E11EVEN Vodka’s Santa’s Cider
1.5 oz E11EVEN Vodka
4 oz Hot Apple Cider
1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Light Agave Nectar
Garnish: cinnamon powder, cinnamon stick, nutmeg
Combine ingredients in a warmed toddy glass rimmed with cinnamon, stir with a cinnamon stick to mix flavors. Top with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add all ingredients into rocks glass. Add ice and stir for light dilution. Garnish with dehydrated orange.
Pour 1.5 cups of water into a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add your sugar into liquid. Stir till all sugar is dissolved. Place syrup into a blender with charred corn kernels and blend till all corn has turned to liquid. Strain with cheesecloth. Let cool, label and refrigerate.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila’s El Jefe
2oz Dos Hombres Joven
1oz Spiced Cinnamon Agave
.75oz Fresh Lemon
2d Angostura Bitters
Garnish: lemon wheel, cinnamon stick
Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker tin. Add ice. Shake roughly 20 seconds to fully combine ingredients. Strain shaken ingredients over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish with lemon wheel and cinnamon stick. Elevate by using a dehydrated lemon wheel and torching a cinnamon stick.
Byblos’ Old Fashioned
1.5 oz. Old Forester bourbon
0.5 oz. Stolen Smoked Rum
0.5 oz. Turkish Coffee reduction
4 dashes Orange Angostura bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange Zest (for garnish)
Add all ingredients together in a shaker then stir. Serve in a rocks glass over a single large ice cube. Optional: garnish with orange zest.