Normally this time of year, the Alden Miller Interiors team would celebrate our year working together with a delicious meal seated at a table of fancy cocktails. This year, of course, will be different and we can’t wait to gather again in the future and share stories of the year behind us and the plans for the year ahead. So, while we will not be together this season, we still plan on enjoying holiday cocktails at home. We compiled our personal favorite holiday libations to share and offer you a toast of good health for 2021. Cheers!
Alden—The Bourbon Skin
Alden loves a classic hot toddy (add a citrus peel and it’s called a ‘skin’) because she can dress it up or down. She can sip it in a glass at a holiday party or from a thermos on a rainy Saturday watching her boys play soccer. Add honey if you are feeling under the weather but don’t forget the bourbon! Sip it from an Anna Weatherly porcelain mug.
Romany—The Holiday Negroni
A traditional Italian Negroni is equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, with a shaving of orange peel. While Romany enjoys these all year long, in December she infuses the Campari with star anise, cinnamon, and cloves overnight to give it a holiday spin. Buon Natale! Perfect in a William Yeoyard crystal glass tumbler.
Sunni and her husband have a long-standing tradition of drinking Greyhounds at home on New Year’s Eve. The grapefruit and citrus flavors conjure up freshness and bring a feeling of lightness and brightness to the new year. This holiday season, she will pour Bay Area’s Hanger 1 vodka into her glass and ring in the new year! Extra special in an old fashioned glass by Artel.
Nate—The Paloma Diabla
A classic Paloma is a simple, refreshing cocktail originating in Mexico where it comprises tequila, a squeeze of lime, and grapefruit soda (like Jarritos). In the U.S., we make it with grapefruit juice or Fresca. This winter, as he dreams of once again travelling to Mexico and beyond, Nate will heat up the classic ‘Dove,’ by adding cinnamon and habanero to his mix for a Paloma Diabla. The Paloma Diabla will stun in fferrone glassware.
Angie—The Mistletoe Mule
The Moscow Mule has its roots in adventure and chance as three titans of the 1940’s spirits business combined vodka, ginger beer, and lemon over ice on a whim. The trick was serving it out of a copper mug that takes on the chilled cocktail’s cold temperature. Angie is always up for an adventure and a cocktail. Her holiday spin on the classic mule includes adding pomegranate seeds and mint, or cranberry and rosemary to create a holiday taste with a mistletoe look. Keep your Mistletoe Mule chilled and gorgeous in these Tom Dixon copper mugs.