Throughout my career as a mixologist, for the better part of ten years in New York City, Brooklyn and now Wilmington, I have learned one valuable lesson. Keep it simple. Mixology is about precision, balance, flavor and presentation. Many people think making a great drink requires extravagant and exotic ingredients. Remember, that the most enduring cocktails are in fact, the simplest. From Margaritas, Manhattans, Martinis, and even the Gimlet, each has only 2 -3 ingredients when done properly.
With that in mind, I have chosen two holiday themed cocktails that will make your
Holiday parties just that much more lively.
Preparing for the holidays can be stressful, be it finding a thoughtful gift for family and friends, or preparing your home or office for a holiday party. To help get you through this time of year here is an easy cocktail recipe that is a lively twist on the holiday favorite, Eggnog. The Coquito is often found around Christmas in the homes of Latin Americans and if you’re lucky, received as a gift. Traditionally made in small batches to be served in a punch bowl for guests to serve themselves, it could also be poured into in Mason jars as given out as gifts. Here’s to a happy holiday season. Cheers!
Joell Luis (Mixologist, Westin Wilmington)
- 2 cans coconut cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 -2 cups white rum (Bacardi silver or your favorite rum)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
Garnish: cinnamon sticks and whipped cream
New Year’s Toast
Your favorite Champagne or Prosecco
St. Germain Liqueur
Fresh Pear slices
Simply add ½ oz. of St Germain Elderflower liqueur to your favorite champagne or prosecco. Add
thin slices of fresh pear or use a melon baller and put balls of pear on a tooth pick to garnish. In my opinion, St. Germain liqueur is one of the best and most versatile spirits to come our in the last ten years.
Made from elderflowers, with a cognac and sauvignon base, this slightly sweet liqueur has a natural pear and grapefruit flavor profile that softens the acidity of champagne.