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Quick Bites: Seasonal Cocktails Using Local Nectars

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The below list of holiday cocktails includes variations of every type of drink you could possibly imagine, and, because holidays and cocktails are basically synonymous, we suggest you sample a few of these crafty creations. These concoctions are best enjoyed beside a fire, in large batch for a potluck, or sipped mid politically-charged dinner table discussion. No matter your drinking setting, enjoy!

Tahoe Blue Vodka is made with water from Lake Tahoe, distilled in Mountain View, Calif., and bottled in Sparks. Their blend of sugar cane, grape, and corn makes the vodka 100 percent gluten free.

Tahoe Handwarmer

1 ½ oz cinnamon-infused Tahoe Blue Vodka (see recipe below)

5 oz hot cocoa or apple cider

Serve in a coffee mug and garnish with cinnamon stick or whipped cream.

Cinnamon-Infused Tahoe Blue Vodka

Add 2 short (2 to 4”) or 1 long cinnamon stick per bottle of TBV and allow 3-4 days to infuse.

Tahoe Pumpkin Pie

1 ½ oz Tahoe Blue Vodka

¾ oz Godiva White

Chocolate Liqueur

¾ oz Disaronno Originale amaretto

½ oz Saint Elizabethan

Allspice Dram

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake it like it’s your mission in life, strain into a classic martini glass and give it a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice (if available). Experts say this drink is best served fireside while large flakes of snow drop from the sky outside. ~ Recipe by Nicole Barker

White Reindeer

1 ½ oz Tahoe Blue vodka

3 oz Amarula Cream liquor

¼ oz crème de cacao

Mix and serve over ice in a rocks glass.

Tahoe Moonshine is located at 6,200 feet on the California side of South Lake Tahoe. These guys distill a variety of spirits including vodka, whiskey, rum, and gin. Their unique flavors include peanut butter vodka and cinnamon whiskey along with the classics.

Peanut Butter Russian

1 2/3 oz Tahoe Moonshine

Peanut Butter Vodka

2/3 oz Kahlua

1 oz organic cream

Top with whipped cream and serve on the rocks.

Old Fashioned Stormin’ Whiskey

2 oz Tahoe Moonshine Stormin’ Whiskey

2 dashes select bitters

1 sugar cube

1 orange wedge

Mix sugar and bitters in a glass. Drop in orange wedge and pour in whiskey. Fill with ice.

FOLK Kombucha is authentic slow-brewed, single batch kombucha that does not use artificial flavors or extracts. As a result, all FOLK Kombucha flavors can be used on their own, over ice, as delicious non-alcoholic mocktails; or, try the cocktails below.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Muddle 2 strawberries at bottom of glass

Add ice

Add 1 oz Tuaca liquor

Add 1 oz gin

Fill with Rhubarb Black

Pepper Kombucha

Stir and serve on the rocks in a cocktail glass.

Jasmine Bellini

1 oz St. Germain

3 oz champagne

Fill with Jasmine Flower Kombucha

Stir and serve in white wine glass or champagne flute and garnish with edible flower float.

Lake Tahoe Iced Tea

1 oz dark rum

1 oz Jägermeister

1 oz vodka

Fill with Roots N’Culture Kombucha

Serve on the rocks in a cocktail glass, garnish with two pieces of candied ginger on a wooden cocktail stick/stirrer.

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February 8, 2018