Holidays: Get Your Drink On

Hungover from last nights holiday party? Indulged in a little midnight rendezvous? Panicked because you thought there would never be sun again? Regardless of your life choices, your stomach is a bottomless pit and thirsty for more responsible drinking. Let’s all keep riding this festive train with some impressive libations by our friends over at Women & Whiskies. They’ve got a large array of recipes for everyones taste buds this holiday season. Myself and Natasha Kaser made em, drank em, and are now sharing our faves with all yall. You’re welcome. 

Bourbon Balls
One of my favorite things in life is when you can curb your appetite and get your drink on all in one shot. These delectable bite size Bourbon Balls are the perfect blend of sweet and boozey, once you pop you cant stop. One bite and you wont need much else to get the party going, because it will already be your mouth!

Bourbon Balls
2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (lightly toasted)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 cup Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon
Powdered Sugar or other Topping

Combine first 4 ingrediaents in a medium bowl. Stir in corn syrup and bourbon. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar for a classic finish or get creative and roll in unsweetened cocoa powder, crushed nuts, or dip in melted dark or white chocolate. 

Glen Grant Zinger
Have you ever had a drink that is so dangerously delicious you end up downing about 15 of them in 45 minutes? With the Glen Grant Zinger its nearly impossible to not let it take over your body and mind. Whiskey? Apple Cider? You probably feel refreshed already. I recommend making a vat of this cocktail, just scoop and drink, scoop and drink. Christmas came early, to your taste buds!

Glen Grant Zinger
1 oz Glen Grant 10 year old

4 oz Sparkling Apple Cider Juice

Squeeze of Fresh Lime Juice

Combine and serve over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with an apple slice.

The Major’s Afternoon Tea
Here is a simple refreshing drink that packs a punch, and harks back on the pre-civil-war south. Ignoring the obvious troubles with slavery and what not, you can imagine Scarlet O’Hara kicking back and enjoying a boozy afternoon with one. The ‘Afternoon’ in the title insinuates that it is more of a day drink, although I’d easily start my morning with one. Although perhaps that says more about me than the drink…

The Major’s Afternoon Tea
2 oz. Glen Grant

1/4 oz. Dolin Blanc

1/4 oz. Qi white tea liqueur

Stir and serve up.
Garnish with a lemon twist

The Groundswell
This dangerous combination of sweet and sour flavors with a pretty considerable alcohol content, goes down like a treat. One could innocently enjoy a few of these only to find themselves decently drunk. The sort of drunk where you think singing ABBA in a karaoke bar full of metal heads is a pretty solid idea. I still have no regrets about that one. 

The Groundswell 
Created by The Drink in Brooklyn
10 oz. Glen Grant Major’s Reserve

7.5 oz. Japanese sencha green tea

5 oz. lemon juice

5 oz. simple syrup

4 oz. Combier peach liqueur

1 teaspoon blood orange bitters (Brooklyn Hemispherical brand)

Stir ingredients. Pour over ice into punch bowl. Contains approximately 10 servings.

Will-O-The Wisp
As mystical as the name implies, this drink is actually surprisingly earthy. Combining apple cider with Earl Grey Tea and Lemongrass Syrup, instantly floods the taste buds with fresh notes, undercut by rich kick of the Auchentoshan whiskey. 

And the garnishes literately reflecting the ingredients would certainly make Ina Garten proud.

Will-O-The Wisp
1.5oz. Auchentoshan Three Wood

1.5oz. Earl Grey Tea

.5oz. Martinelli’s Apple Cider

.25oz. Lemongrass Syrup

3 dashes Creole Bitters

3 thin apple slices (soak in Whisky, bitters & lemon juice)

Lemongrass blade

Soda charged

Combine all liquid ingredients, including lemongrass blade and shake vigorously with ice. Pour over fresh ice in high ball glass and garnish with apples slices.


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4 Out of 5: Mallory Blair on Brooklyn

Mallory Blair is a cofounder (with Bianca Caampued) of Small Girls PR. This is her take on four places she likes, and one place she doesn’t.


Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop – "Red velvet doughnuts. I wanted to lead with that so you’d know to keep reading because clearly any doughnut shop pumping out red velvet doughnuts on the daily that are continuously grabbed up and bought out by the afternoon is doing something right. Except making enough doughnuts to last by the time I bike over there."

The Drink – "Everyone knows my affinity for prom (my business partner and I wore prom dresses every day for 30 days), and liking prom that much means knowing your way around a punch bowl. Enter The Drink, where, even though I am no longer in a prom dress, I can still live every night like it’s prom with their $5 by-the-cup punch and Wassails. During the summer, their backyard is all candles and glass clinking and warm feelings.  Appropriately handed to you in tea cups, I like sipping their drinks as much as I like saying their names. Try the Queequeg, made with vintage English ale, rum, honey, and orange bitters."

Shoe Market – "Shoes are important. I wear them every day to go places. Going places is important, too. Shoe Market is a place you can go to buy shoes to then go to other places. They take their merchandising seriously, and it shows. They were the first boutique to carry Jeffrey Campbell in the US and accordingly have a Jeffrey Campbell shoe made exclusively for the store, which is pretty adorable. I actually once got a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Litas there (6-inch heels coated in glitter) for 1/3 of their actual retail price. You’re welcome."

Glasslands Gallery – "More often than not, my evenings end up at the Glasslands. It is a musical wonderland of fog machines, spooky stage decor, and bartenders that remember your name. Though it’s known for DIY shows and debuting side projects of bigger name bands, they run the gamut from Soul Clap — a sweaty Saturday night dance party — to secret Lana Del Rey performances. Ever since Pop Gun booking took over and curated their lineups, it’s become the go-to venue to see bands before your friends read about them on Pitchfork."


4th Down – "I’m only saying not to go here because my roommate asked me to do so. He discovered this hidden hole-in-the-wall place with $1 virtually endless skeeball and 5 beers for the price of 4 and wants to keep it to himself. So, please, do not go here."