Season’s Greetings From The Fairway Grille At Buck Hill Falls!
We all lead busy lives. With the hustle and bustle of work, the holiday season is the perfect reminder that sometimes we need to take a break, sit down, and relax. Whether that means from the comfort of your favorite recliner in your cottage or at the dinner table in the company of family and friends, a nice drink is something many of us agree helps us ease into the spirit of the season. So, in that spirit of spirits, here’s a list of some of the best holiday drinks from across the taste spectrum. Whether you like it sweet or bitter, traditional or contemporary, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy:
- Old Fashioned
When you get right down to it, this drink defines tradition. In fact, you can find the Old Fashioned going all the way back to the earliest recorded cocktails, over two-hundred years ago!
The first rule of an Old Fashioned is to only use the best bourbon. If you aren’t drinking it straight, you shouldn’t be mixing it.
For an Old Fashioned, it’s important to use an Old Fashioned glass- that squat, round rocks glass. The reason? It’s is in the season(ing). Once everything is ready, the width of the glass allows you to taste the full flavor of the beverage by letting the bourbon breathe.
2. Egg Nog
If there’s an official drink of Christmas, egg nog is probably it. Sure, you can buy the pre-made brands that are available, but if you really want to express the spirit of coming together, enjoying homemade egg nog adds that extra experience of kinship to your holiday soirees.
Now, when it comes to the choice of alcohol, egg nog can accommodate almost any set of taste buds. If you want a nog that’s strong, smoky, and packs a punch, go with a good bourbon. Similarly, a high-end spiced rum will set you up with a nog that is perfect for those of us who want a lot of flavor in a small package. If you want a taste combination of bitter and sweet, a fine Scotch fits the bill. And last, if you want something a little more warm but a little less potent, use cognac to add some nutmeg highlights to your egg nog.
3. Cranberry Mimosa
No holiday drink list would be complete without this favorite. Mimosas are good for any holiday brunch, they are simple to make, fun, and perfect for midday house guests. Since they’re so light on ingredients, you’re also free to have a little fun. A holiday-inspired fusion of cranberry or apple cider can really enhance the sparkling champagne. You can also try a splash of pomegranate juice or add a spoonful of peach puree to the bottom of your champagne flute before pouring. Be sure to use a dry sparkling champagne, not a sweet one, for the best flavor.
For a traditional mimosa, choose freshly-squeezed orange juice. It’s more work, but it adds a fresh and wonderfully tart flavor that pairs perfectly with the dryness of the sparkling champagne.
4. Mulled Wine
Rounding off our list, this holiday classic relies on your choice of red wine, preferably, Cabernet Sauvignon. The best choices are Cabs that are young, bright, fruity, and unoaked. The fruitier the better.
Also, when you mix all the spices together, consider adding a little honey. Fresh honey from your local Buck Hill apiary offers far more variety of flavor. You can actually detect hints of which flowers the bees made their honey from when you use a high-quality, locally-made brand.
There are many other excellent choices of holiday beverage, from buttered rum to wassails, but these four classics should cover the taste spectrum quite nicely and help you on your way to a perfect, cozy, fun-filled holiday season! Want to share a drink and dinner with friends and family? Stop down to the Grille (570) 595-3535, reserve the coveted spot by the fireplace, and take a few family photos to remember the occasion!