Twelve Drinks of Drinks-mas –Oops! — Christmas. Count This as Day 2.
Since Lola’s was mentioned yesterday, that was officially day 1– and quite frankly the bar deserves accolades for the various martinis that they have and the 7 day a week happy hour– which makes martinis affordable at $5 per.
Enough for the martinis– let’s get more into the holiday spirit — or spirits– because I have a riff off the top of my head from a variety of different spirits and based on one I created last year. This one starts off with eggnog. Use the one I mentioned last year: it’s in your local supermarket in a glass bottle and it’s about $7 bucks per bottle but worth every penny because you can either thin it out with a bit of regular milk or you can use less of it because it is so rich and get a faster buzz from the spirits.
Start off with your choice of egg-nog.. but please don’t use the canned egg-nog. Too many preservatives!! Make sure it’s cold and fresh. get a nice short highball glass or cocktail glass. Before you get crazy with the eggnog, shake it up and put it back in the frig
Pull out Pama Pomagranate Liquer
Pour about a shot of this (maybe a smidge less) into the bottom of the glass. It should be quite aromatic and a bit thick. It needs to sit at the bottom of the glass.
Next you need some high quality tequila. I personally like the Maestro Doble Diamond Tequila— a blend of reposado, anejo, and extra-anejo (extra aged) for a very smooth blend sipping sort of tequila)
Add just shy of a shot of this, poured over a spoon, to top the Pama liquer. You do not want to blend this. Next, over a larger spoon, add the eggnog so that it lays on top of the liquers. Hopefully it’s not going to mix too much because you will get to to that with a swizzle stick or candy cane as a garnish.
If poured correctly, you will have a small puddle of red at the base of the glass, then the tequila and then the eggnog (Eggnog Tequila Sunrise anyone?).
The next part is the prettiest and most crucial element, grab a jigger of Pama liquer and a turkey baster or an eye dropper of some sort and slowly drizzle the Pama liquer over the eggnog top. It should be a swirly or zig zag design and then maybe a sprinkle of nutmeg if you so desire.
Should you choose to mix your spirits up, now’s the time with a swizzle stick as this is a pretty presentation, but do try a sip of this first without mixing it all up.The taste of the tequila is so smooth that the Pama will be sharp against it and it will blend nicely with the eggnog.
Wish I had a photo of this, but I haven’t tried this one yet but I do know it will work. The ingredients work perfectly in my head and I have done enough mixology to know that this — done carefully– will work out correctly and the the spirits are in perfect balance.
This is especially pretty when done in a deep wine glass or a nice martini glass.
Cheers — and bottomw up! There are lots more drinks to come– so be prepared.