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Thursday, December 10,2009

Merry mixology

By Marissa Hermanson

Put down the eggnog and open your liquor cabinet. Dust off those alcohol bottles and invite some friends over for these classic and curious holiday cocktails created by mixologists from the Happy Noodle House’s Bitter Bar and Tahona Tequila Bistro. Cheers!

Tom & Jerry (serves one)

by mixologists James Lee and Mark Stoddard at the Bitter Bar


1 egg
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 oz aged rum
1 oz Cognac
1 oz hot milk
4 oz hot water
1 allspice berry
1/2 clove

Directions: Separate the egg white and yolk in two bowls. Add rum and brandy to the yolk and beat together until frothy. Beat the egg white until it peaks, then add milk, sugar, ground allspice and clove. Fold in the rum, brandy and yolk into the other bowl. Stir again. Strain into a mug and top with hot water. Top it off with ground nutmeg.

About the Tom & Jerry: A classic winter cocktail that was originally devised by sports writer Pierce Egan in the 1820s to help publicize his book and play called Tom and Jerry, or Life in London. Bowls of this rich warm cocktail were the staple at countless 19th century saloons as soon as the first snow.

Holiday Pimm’s Cup (serves five to six)

by mixologists James Lee and Mark Stoddard at the Bitter Bar


3 cucumber wheels (about 1/5 whole
1 lime, quartered
1 lemon, quartered
1/2 orange, quartered
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 cup Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur
1/2 cup Charbay Green Tea Vodka
1/3 cup Leopold Bros. Three Pins
Alpine Liqueur
Ginger ale

Directions: In a shaker, muddle separately: cucumber, rosemary, lemon, lime and orange. Fill pitcher 3/4 full of ice, pour muddled ingredients on top.

Add: 1/2 cup Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur, 1/2 cup Charbay Green Tea Vodka, 1/3 cup Leopold Bros. Three Pins Liqueur. Stir and top with ginger ale

About Holiday Pimm’s: Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin-based aperitif that was invented in the 1820s in England by oyster-bar owner James Pimm. Its secret formula is a refreshing combination of dry gin, fruit juices and spices. Bitter Bar bartenders are crafting the famous Green Tea Pimm’s with a holiday twist. The result is a refreshing, seasonally appropriate cocktail with all of the fresh flavors of the coveted Green Tea Pimm’s. In addition to the winter spice flavors in the Leopold Bros. Three Pins Alpine Liqueur, the addition of fresh rosemary releases its aromatic oils and imparts an evergreen spruce flavor.

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Wow, made some of this yesterday and its amazing, very refreshing indeed!