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4 New Year’s Cocktails With a Twist

Go classic with a twist this new year season by adding a unique spirit to the mix. Here are a few ideas to check out: the American Godfather, a Smoky Mary, a Reposado Manhattan and a Canadian Negroni. Any of these will be great New Year’s cocktails!

American Godfather

New year's cocktails: American godfather

  • 1 part Slaughter House American Whiskey
  • 1 part Diasronno Amaretto Liqueur

Pour equal parts Slaughter House American Whiskey (instead of Scotch) and Disaronno Amaretto Liqueur over ice in a rocks glass.

The Slaughter House American Whiskey is made from 85% corn, 8% wheat, 6% rye, and 1% malted barley, aged 9 years in American oak then finished in Orin Swift wine barrels. It is intense with caramel, butterscotch, vanilla and grilled peach notes, a perfect partner for the Amaretto.

Smoky Mary

  • 2 oz Chase Smoked Vodka
  • Bloody Mary Mix
  • Celery garnish

Pour vodka into a high ball glass. Top with your favorite Bloody Mary mix and garnish with a celery stalk.

Chase Smoked Vodka is a woodsy, peppery English oak-smoked potato vodka. This vodka gives a classic cocktail a delicious twist.

Reposado Manhattan

New Year's Cocktails

  • 1.5 oz Partida Tequila Reposado
  • .5 oz Whip Saw Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz The Partner Sweet Vermouth
  • .5 oz Boissiere Extra Dry Vermouth
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Pour all ingredients except the last two over ice and stir. Add a dash of bitters. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Partida Tequila Reposado is full, smoky and spicy with notes of mushroom, citrus, vanilla, caramel and char. Whip Saw Rye Whiskey is a spicy and bold corn-based American whiskey with notes of a toasted bagel and finished in Bob Cabral’s Williams Selyem Pinot Noir barrels for a mellow softness. The Partner Sweet Vermouth California is bold and bittersweet with notes of red cherry, cardamom and coriander seed. Boissiere Extra Dry Vermouth is lively and lightly sweet with notes of lemon, orange, chamomile and almonds.

Canadian Negroni

New Year's Cocktails

  • 1 part Empress Gin 1908
  • 1 part Campari
  • 1 part Boissiere Sweet Vermouth

Stir all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass.

Empress Gin 1908, a crisp and smooth small-batch gin, has notes of lemon zest, orange blossom, white peach and juniper. It is from Victoria, British Columbia. Boissiere Sweet Vermouth is sweet and savory with notes of chamomile, coriander seed, nutmeg and herbs.

Liked these New Year’s cocktails with a twist? Find more like this from master sommelier Catherine Fallis at Planet Grape!

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