By Kate LaChapelle
A theme for this time of year is out with the old, in with the new. This year, warm up at your local bar with some new creations interspersed with a few good throwbacks that will keep your senses sizzling even as the temperatures dip below zero. We talked to the bartenders at Pizza Lucé to find out what delicious holiday drinks they have on the menu. Here are a few of their recommendations for your holiday delight.
Starting out with the Moscow Mule, this vodka, lime, and ginger beer concoction originated in the 1940s and remained a Tinseltown favorite throughout the vodka craze of the 50s. It’s got a nice little spice that finishes on a sweet note. Pucker up, lime lovers.
On the other end of the spectrum is a Christmas classic, Dublin Mule, with its drinkers including celebrities like Kings of Leon. This rich body warmer made from Jameson, ginger beer, and lemon juice, was established by the Jameson distillery in 1780 Dublin.
A sweet little cocktail, Bike Lock, will titillate your taste buds with its mixture of Chambord and Cripsin hard cider. It’s light and fresh with the perfect raspberry flavor to even out the crisp tones of the cider. Mostly popular with the female crowd so make sure you order if for your girlfriend fellas.
Perhaps you’d like something a little darker to keep you warm on a winter’s night. If so, check out the Dark & Stormy, a black rum, ginger beer, and lime concoction will have you caroling with the best of them, or worst of them, depending on your talents.
A margarita? Not something you’d expect to see on a list of holiday drinks, but don’t let the name fool you. This Grand Marnier, Cuervo, margarita mix, and lime juice combination will keep you warm and sated, not reaching for the chips and salsa.
Leave room for the Big Apple Cobbler, a decadent drink satisfies your sweet tooth with a mix of Maker’s Mark, apple pie schnapps, ginger ale, and apple cider will have you deserting your dessert menu. The rich flavor will have you ordering seconds like a hot slice of apple pie.
French Patron a favorite featuring the St. Germain liqueur, a 19th century artisanal Parisian creation crafted from elderberry flowers and topped with Patron silver and a twist of lime juice. This Lucé original is an unexpected treat, but a treat nonetheless.
For a tasty treat, test out the Vanilla Caramel. This little number, made with Stoli vanilla, caramel liqueur, and apple pie schnapps will satisfy your sweet cravings instead of digging into the third batch of frosted sugar cookies.
Sound tempting enough for you? Well grab your friends, your family from out of town and head down to Pizza Luce for a great night out.
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Kate LaChapelle is a freelance writer in the Twin Cities area who survived earning a film degree from Emerson College in 2010. She’s addicted to hazelnut soy lattes and sporadically tweets from @KateLaChapelle.