The Break will feature a full cocktail lounge and pool. We’re using that as an excuse to experiment with cocktails! And since it “tis the season” we’re being jolly and giving the drinks a holiday spin.

But these tipplers are far from your average egg nog. If fact, two of the three would fit right into summer on the beach. Give them a try at home:

Rudolph’s Whiskey Mac:

1-1/2 ounces of Johnny Walker Black and 1 ounce of Stone’s Ginger Wine meet in a glass and made magic. The sweetness of the wine tempers the smokiness of the scotch and a smooth, golden liquid emerges.  The Rudolph bit? Plop in a marachino cherry. A tad toothsome by the end, this palliative would be too syrupy to sip all night. But, as a pre-dinner conversation starter it gets a big thumbs up!

The Ultimate Holiday:

Citrusy and smoky with a bitter bite, The Ultimate Holiday is an alcoholic twin to grapefruit juice. This cloudy, pinkish concoction is flat-out marvelous. You may question the “Christmasyness” of the bourbon-based tipple – asserting that it is more appropriate for a Jamaican beach. Perhaps the word “holiday” in the title is intended in the broader British definition, meaning “vacation.” Ah, well. . .what’s better in the cold winter months than dreaming of a tropical trip?

Fixins:

  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 ½ oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz Lime Juice
  • 1 splash Grenadine Syrup
  • 1 splash Ginger Ale

Preparation: Pour over rocks. Stir.

Christmas Bellringer

A citrusy, boozy little number. A cousin to The Ulimate Holiday, the Bellringer is tart with a nutty edge. More complex than a Screwdriver, but orange-juicy and pleasant, it’s the kind of drink that sneaks up on you. Again, more Santa Monica than Santa Claus, but who’s judging? The dark of early December in New England makes one crave the beach. Note: The fruity cointreau and the nutty frangelico totally mask the gin. Proceed carefully.

Fixins:

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Frangelico
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Orange twist

Preparation: Combine in martini shaker. Shake, pour and add the twist.