The other day my mom asked me if I would make cocktails for Christmas Eve dinner. My response? "Of course! I already bought all the stuff." :D This time of year we have so many parties and dinners, both impromptu and planned, so I like to be prepared.
This cocktail is strong, but very flavorful. It's perfect for those who like to order Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. It's also what I like to call "one and done"... because I only need one to start feeling ummm "cheerful".
2 ounces vanilla bean infused whiskey
1/2 an ounce Dr. McCillicuddy's Intense Raw Vanilla
2 dashes aromatic cocktail bitters
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Pour the whiskey, vanilla liqueur, bitters and lemon juice into a cocktail shake with ice. Add a star anise. Shake-shake-shake! Serve in an old fashioned glass, garnished with star anise and a lemon wedge. Enjoy! To infuse my whiskey I used about half a bottle of whiskey and one full vanilla bean. Let it sit in a dark place for 24-48 hours and it's ready! I made a pretty big batch because I thought this would also be great for hot toddies. I hope you have a wonderful, safe and festive holiday! Cheers! Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson