‘Tis officially the season for lots of cheer, and these three spots always conjure up coziness with the know-how for making spirits bright! We asked our friends at Folk’s Folly, Majestic Grille and Interim to share a signature cocktail concoction with us. Whether Christmas decorating and addressing those cards has left you parched, you’re looking for something special to take the edge off a sleighing song or you need a beverage to complement your holiday menu, sidle up to the bar or shake things up at home with these delicious cocktail recipes. Oh what fun it is, indeed!
The Folk’s Folly Brandy Freeze
Heidi from Folk’s Folly tells us that she had a group over for a December gathering last year and made a large pitcher of the Brandy Freeze beforehand to keep in the freezer. Her tip is to be a little more generous with the brandy if you plan on freezing, so that the consistency remains slushy and pourable, even after being in the freezer.
“After dinner, but before champagne toasting, we filled small shot glasses with the mixture and topped with whipped cream and nutmeg. A perfect little taste of dessert,” she says. “We filled a shallow silver tray with crushed ice to keep shots nice and cold and passed among guests.”
To make your Folks Folly’s signature Brandy Freeze, you will need:
- 6 ounces vanilla ice cream
- ½ ounce of brandy
Directions: Place ice cream in the blender and blend until smooth. Add the brandy. Garnish with a sprinkling of nutmeg.
The Majestic Grille Irish Coffee
They are sort of famous for their Irish coffee downtown at the Majestic Grille. Chef and owner Patrick Reilly would have nothing less than a proper Irish coffee, explains his wife Deni Reilly. Served in a wine glass, “It looks and tastes great, and, of course, it is a proper Irish coffee since Patrick is from Ireland and all.”
To make your Majestic Grille Irish Coffee, you will need:
- a bar spoonful (about a tap) of brown sugar
- 2 ounces Irish Whiskey (Paddy, Powers or similar)
- 4 ounces freshly brewed coffee (at Majestic Grille they use J. Brooks Coffee)
- 3 ounces heavy cream
Directions: Put a bar spoonful of brown sugar in your wine glass; top with whiskey and add coffee. Shake heavy cream in a shaker until thickened. Pour over the back of a spoon to layer on top of the coffee.
The Interim Restaurant’s Negroni
Michael Lucky at Interim concocted the Negroni (pictured below) with just three simple ingredients. Sounds tasty and easy enough! Dashing through the snow? This will warm you right up!
To make your Interim Negroni, you will need:
- 3/4 ounce Aperol
- 3/4 ounce Boodles Gin
- 3/4 ounce Dolin Vermouth
- orange peel
Directions: Combine all three ingredients, garnish with orange peel and enjoy!
Cheers to a safe and healthy holiday season for you and yours, and may these cocktails help you laugh all the way!