Frankly, 2020 has been a year that we all deserve a treat just for getting through. Whether your preference is for a drink or a sweet (or both) we’ve got just the thing for you. Here are delicious, locally crafted Holiday cocktail recipes and sweets made from the finest ingredients that are guaranteed to satiate you. And we’ve included a few options for those of you with dietary restrictions – because you deserve a treat too. Happy Holidays!
Oh, Holy Nitecap from Spirit Works Distillery
2 oz. Spirit Works Distillery Straight Wheat Whiskey
1/2 oz. Pear Liqueur
1/2 oz. Carpano Bianco Vermouth
Add ingredients to mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until very cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass (no garnish).
Left: Milk chocolate tree-shaped candies from OCHO Candy are available with either a creamy, unforgettable peanut butter filling or delectably melty caramel. Both flavors are organic, fair trade, non-GMO and gluten free. Not to mention absolutely delicious.
Right: Just Date Syrup is made from one perfect ingredient: organic, California Medjool Dates. It’s a low-glycemic index sweetener to replace refined sugar, agave, stevia, and maple syrup whenever you desire something sweet. Delicious as a topping or in a recipe, including Date Hot Chocolate! Ingredients: 1 cup plant mylk (we like oat!), 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder, 1 tbsp. Just Date Syrup, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon. Instructions: Whisk the ingredients together, gently simmering over low-medium heat until combined. Top with whipped coconut cream, raw cacao nibs, and an extra drizzle of Just Date Syrup!
NOLA White Russian from St. George Spirits
Shake all ingredients with ice until well chilled then strain into an Old Fashioned glass over big ice.
Left: Expose´ cakes from San Francisco designer cake shop Butter& are a light brown sugar cake that comes in three sizes in a choice of six flavors: sweet cream + roasted berries, salted caramel + chocolate, matcha + strawberry, hazelnut + chocolate, brown butter + meyer lemon, and spiced apple + honey.
Right: Like all their delicious cashew ice cream treats, Chocolate Peppermint, the new seasonal flavor from Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery, is free of dairy, gluten, and soy – no additives or preservatives. The real deal, pure and simple.
The Mommenpop Spritz from Mommenpop
Combine ingredients over ice. Garnish with a blood orange twist.
Left: Cerro Navidad Cones from Wooden Table Baking Co. are inspired by Cerro Navidad Mountain in Patagonia in the southern Andes. The Dulce de Leche-filled chocolate mountains will take you high on Peppermint Candy madness. A refreshingly decadent ascent to celebrate this Holiday.
Right: From Charles Chocolates, the 65% bittersweet chocolate Peppermint Bark Bars are the perfect combination of fresh homemade peppermint candy and rich dark chocolate. An impossible to beat pairing!
Spiced Pear Martini from Hangar 1 Distillery
1 part Hangar 1 Distillery Straight Vodka
2 parts pear juice
Simple syrup to taste
Prosecco, to top
Pear Slices for garnish
Spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, pinch of nutmeg) for garnish
Fill a pitcher with Hangar 1 Vodka, pear juice, and simple syrup and stir. Chill until ready to serve. Pour into chilled martini glass. Top with chilled prosecco. Garnish with pear slice and spices.
Recipe by @localhaven
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Left: Terroir Martini from St. George Spirits. Ingredients: 2 oz. St. George Terroir Gin, 1 oz. dry vermouth, 2 dashes orange bitters. Instructions: Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass then strain into a chilled coupe. Float a sage leaf on top to garnish.
Right: Marble Kintsugi cakes from San Francisco designer cake shop Butter& are inspired by the Japanese practice of mending what is broken with gold – the split design is accentuated rather than trying to hide it. The light brown sugar cake comes in multiple sizes and accents in a choice of six flavors: sweet cream + roasted berries, salted caramel + chocolate, matcha + strawberry, hazelnut + chocolate, brown butter + meyer lemon, and spiced apple + honey.