It’s the holiday season and odds are you’ll be hosting (or attending) an event or two. These festive cocktail ingredients will transform an average cocktail into a show-stopper your guests won’t forget! They also make great gifts for your host/hostess or anyone who loves to create unique drinks.

Drinking vinegars or shrubs have made their way back into our cocktail conscience. Flavored vinegars have deep roots in colonial American mixology. Historically, vinegar was used as a preservative, poured over seasonally ripened fruits and left to infuse overnight. This mixture was used throughout the winter months and the acidity will compliment rich and heavy flavors. Check out local favorites by Pok-Pok Som drinking vinegars, Raft and Grumpy Dog Shrub.

Bitters. Forgot about crusty bottle of Angostura tucked away in the back of a cabinet. Bitters now-a-days add a depth of character and come in a variety of flavors- bitter, sour or bittersweet.  A couple of dashes to your favorite cocktail can change the entire flavor profile, making it a fun and easy way to revamp classic cocktail recipes. These botanicals come in a vast array of flavors such as chocolate mole, cardamom or barrel-aged.  Bitters can be a sophisticated addition to non-alcoholic beverages as well. Our current favorites: the cardamom and coriander-lime bitters from The Bitter Housewife.

Syrups and Mixes. If you don’t have time to squeeze fresh juices and mix your own syrups grab a bottle of all-natural syrups and mixers. We’ve come a long way from those awful premade mixers of the past. Producers are using of natural ingredients and rich botanicals to create syrups that as diverse as they are delicious. These mixes are an easy go-to for a great party cocktail or can be combined with non-alcoholic beverages to create something specials for the little ones. Check out local brands like Raft syrups or BG Reynolds premade mixes.

Check out our Mixology Gift Box, the perfect gift for that budding cocktail enthusiast in your life. This gift set includes locally made Raft syrups, Grumpy Dog Shrub Bloody Mary mix, Pok-Pok drinking vinegar, The Bitter Housewife bitters and a wooden muddler for mixing fabulous libations.

Cocktail recipe

Mason-Dixon

2 oz. of your favorite Bourbon
½ oz. of peach liqueur
½ oz. of BG Reynolds Cinnamon syrup
2 dashes of barrel aged bitters (We love using The Bitter Housewife Bull Run Barrel Aged Bitters)
¾ oz. of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Build in a shaker and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

Elephants Delicatessen has everything to turn cocktailing into a fun and festive experience. Check out our Mixology Gift Box- the perfect gift for that budding cocktail enthusiast in your life. Spend more time with friends and family this holiday season with these easy and festive cocktails recipes.

Related

Articles

View All Articles

Burrata: Cheese of the Month, July

This creamy dreamy  Italian cow milk cheese looks like mozzarella at first glance, but cut it open and fresh curds and cream spill out.  You'll find it in the cheese case at our flagship Elephants Delicatessen at NW 22nd. Good to know:   For peak creaminess, warm your burrata ball to room temperature before serving. Thirty minutes should…

Recipe: Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe

We love everything Caprese. Caprese means "of Capri," as in Capri, the island off the coast of Italy. In its simplest salad form, Caprese consists of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. We use this combination in sandwiches, pasta salads, snack skewers, and even breakfast dishes like omelettes, scrambles and potato hash. This classic combination of…

Sample party menus for June

We are currently planning new catering menus for summer celebrations and beyond. Please, email our Catering Team with any questions about our upcoming menus. Or use our catering request form. Below are a couple menus from recent events. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!   PICNIC FOR 40 Seasonal House Salad  Arugula, radicchio, red leaf lettuce,…

2021 soup calendar (kind of)

As more customers return to our stores, more of our favorite soups are returning, too! Below are the monthly soup specials what we're planning so far. We always have Tomato Orange and Mama Leone's in our soup tureens! Soup fan pro tip: You'll always find the largest selection of soups (fresh and frozen)--including year-round Wild…

Join Our Rewards Program

Get $5 Off

your next purchase– plus other special gifts and offers

Learn More
Sign up for

Ele-Mail

Be the first to know about monthly specials, events, and news.

Close X