Let’s talk a little bit about booze, shall we? I’ve done a roundup of a few of my favorite liqueurs. I’m hoping it might inspire you to try something new for your holiday spirits! All of these are lovely in Champagne, Crémant or other sparkling wines and I’ve listed a few cocktail recipes. I would recommend trying teeny sips of each of these on their own—a few of them are aromatic with subtle flavors that are fun to experience. These also make nice gifts for foodies and hosts. Cheers!
If you are in Portland–I’ve found most of these at Pearl Specialty Market & Spirits and a few of the bottles are available at regular liquor stores.
▶ Briottet Crème de Violette Liqueur (sweet and flowery)
This is nice in a variety of cocktails or few drops in Champagne or Crémant goes a long way! You can also try the “Aviation Cocktail”: 2 1/2 oz gin, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 2 tsp maraschino liqueur, 1 tsp Crème de Violette. Shake 1st three ingredients, strain, straight up, cocktail glass. Drizze Crème de Violette on top.
▶ Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur of the Alps (herbal)
Try “The Cold Shoulder”: equal parts gin, grapefruit, stone-pine liqueur + a splash of Fee’s grapefruit bitters. Shake and serve over ice.
▶ St Germain Elderflower Liqueur (sweet and flowery)
I love it in all kinds of cocktails or a splash in Champagne, Crémant.
▶ Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur (sweet and spicy ginger)
So nice in Champagne, Crémant or other sparkling wine! Also try the “Eva Peron”: 3/4 Canton, 1/4 Fernet, 3/4 sweet vermouth, 3/4 fresh lime juice. Shake vigorously and pour over ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime.
▶ Clear Creek Distillery Cassis Liqueur (sweet and fruity)
This works in a zillion cocktails or a little in a glass of something bubbly is amazing.
▶ Art in the Age Root Liqueur (herbal, woody, aromatic)
Try a “ROOTnog”: 1 part ROOT, 3 parts Eggnog (pre-made or homemade!). Pour Eggnog slowly over ROOT in large tumbler or sturdy mug!
▶ Amaro Nonino (herbal, bittersweet and citrus)
This is my favorite amaro and it’s lovely in a lot of cocktail recipes, but I really love to sip a tiny glass of this—sometimes with an ice cube. It’s nice after dinner!