Beverages

Twenty-Seventeeni Cocktail

This holiday season we’re serving up a cocktail so easy and so refreshing, you can even make it when you’re three sheets to the wind (but please drink responsibly). This drink is inspired by an aperitivo that food director Dawn Perry used to make during her days plating desserts as a young pastry cook in San Francisco. Meet the Twenty-Seventeeni, a simple combination of tart sorbet, vodka, and sparkling wine. We like to pair it with orange, raspberry, and coconut sorbets but feel free to play around with your favorite flavors: mango or passion fruit, perhaps? Then you’ll want to kick it up a bit with a splash of vodka—its neutral flavor won’t compete with the sorbet or the champagne. About those bubbles: don’t feel beholden to Champers. There are excellent inexpensive bottles of Prosecco (Italian) and Cava (Spanish) available in most wine shops and liquor stores. We invite you to enjoy the Twenty-Seventeeni this New Year’s Eve and all year long. Wishing you a wonderful new year full of bubbles, sparklers, and fun.

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Microwave Mulled Wine

There’s a nip in the air and decorative gourd season is almost over. It’s time for warming, festive beverages. This mulled wine recipe uses your microwave so you don’t have to babysit a simmering pot of wine for 20 minutes. And it’s a great way to put a cheaper bottle of wine to work. Don’t skip the brandy: it adds a boozy edge to the mix. The resulting spicy-sweet concoction is so tasty and easy to make that you’ll fly through that bottle of brandy in no time. One of the best parts about this recipe is that it gets tastier the longer the spices sit in it, so you can make the whole thing ahead of time, and just strain and reheat individual servings when the mood strikes.

Slow-Cooker Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

What’s better than a cup of steaming spiced hot cocoa? One that’s ready and waiting for you after a long afternoon of sledding or skiing. We slow-cooked a batch of subtly sweet cocoa sweetened with both powdered sugar (because it melts evenly) and molasses (for a rich base note). Traditional gingerbread spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves make it smell like you’ve been baking all day when you’ve actually been out playing in the snow. If you have cheesecloth, bundle the spices inside of a square and secure it with kitchen twine. That way you won’t have to strain. Here’s an idea: use any leftover hot cocoa as a milk substitute in your morning coffee.

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