For holiday entertaining, having a smart signature drink like this Snow Angel Cocktail from Le Foret in New Orleans is a must. The bar at Le Foret in New Orleans shared this delightful tipple. It has the bracing bite of a whiskey sour combined with a sweet kiss of cinnamon and allspice.

Snow Angel
Serves 1
The Snow Angel is a perfect winter cocktail.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces bourbon, such as Angel’s Envy
  2. ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  3. ¾ ounce Cinnamon Syrup, recipe follows
  4. ½ ounce pimento or allspice dram liqueur
  5. 1 large egg white
  6. 1 dash Angostura bitters
  7. Garnish: star anise
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, lemon juice, Cinnamon Syrup, pimento liqueur, and egg white. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Add ice, and shake until cold. Strain into a coupe glass. Add bitters, and garnish with star anise, if desired.
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Cinnamon Syrup
Yields 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 1 (4-inch) cinnamon stick
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil over high heat. Add sugar, and stir constantly until dissolved. Add cinnamon, and simmer 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool. Remove cinnamon, and transfer syrup to a heatproof container. Cover, and refrigerate until cold. Store up to 2 weeks.
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Jalapeño Bourbon Cider
Serves 8
A delightfully spicy cider.
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  2. ½ cup water
  3. 2 jalapeño peppers, chopped
  4. 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  5. 1 whole star anise
  6. ½ gallon apple cider
  7. 1½ cups bourbon
  8. Garnish: sliced jalapeño peppers, cinnamon sticks
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, ½ cup water, jalapeño, cinnamon, and star anise over medium-high heat; cook, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand 20 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl; discard solids.
  2. In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine cider, bourbon, and sugar mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes more. Serve warm. Garnish with jalapeño peppers and cinnamon sticks, if desired.
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Champagne-Chartreuse Cocktail
Serves 1
Chartreuse puts an herbal spin on this Champagne Cocktail.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces apple juice
  2. 1 ounce Chartreuse
  3. 1 ounce Cinnamon Syrup, see recipe on page 97
  4. 5 ounces Champagne
  5. ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  6. Garnish: lemon peel
Instructions
  1. In a Champagne flute or coupe, add apple juice, chartreuse, and Cinnamon Syrup. Add Champagne and lemon juice. Serve with lemon peel, if desired.
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Corn Money
Serves 1
Corn whiskey makes this cocktail unique.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (2-inch) pieces orange peel
  2. ¾ teaspoon cane syrup, such as Steen’s
  3. ¾ teaspoon water
  4. 6 drops Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole Bitters
  5. 2½ ounces straight corn whiskey, such as Mellow Corn Garnish: orange peel
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, add orange peel, cane syrup, ¾ teaspoon water, and bitters. Muddle until fragrant. Add ice and whiskey, and stir until cold. Strain into a glass of fresh ice, and serve with an orange peel, if desired.
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Rum Old Fashioned
Serves 4
Rum adds a unique flavor to this Old Fashioned.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups demerara sugar cubes
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 4 orange slices
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  5. 1 teaspoon Angostura bitters
  6. 1 teaspoon orange bitters
  7. 8 ounces dark rum
  8. Garnish: Maraschino or brandied cherries, orange slices
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and 1 cup water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour into a heatproof container, and let cool. Cover, and refrigerate up to 5 days.
  2. In a large cocktail shaker, muddle orange slices. Add juice, bitters, and 2 tablespoons sugar syrup. Strain evenly into four glasses. Add ice cubes and 2 ounces rum per glass, and stir. Serve with cherries and orange slices, if desired.
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Ice cold champagne must be one of the most ideal antidotes to a steamy summer afternoon. Combined with sweet elderflower, bright bursts of citrus, and the distinctive herbal notes of gin, who could resist this gin cocktail from The Village Cafe in Lafayette?

Vexin Cocktail
Serves 1
Sweet elderflower, bright bursts of citrus, and the distinctive herbal notes of gin make this cocktail irresistible.
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ ounces American dry gin, such as Blue Coat
  2. ¾ ounce elderflower liqueur, such as St-Germain
  3. 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  4. 1 ounce cranberry juice
  5. 3 drops lemon or orange bitters
  6. Brut rosé Champagne
  7. Garnish: lemon twist, edible flower
Instructions
  1. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine gin, elderflower liqueur, juices, and bitters. Shake vigorously, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Pour Champagne on top. Garnish with lemon twist and edible flower, if desired.
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New Orleans always puts its stamp on things, and cocktails are no exception. No matter where you pull up our bar stool in this great city, you’ll never be at a loss for a great cocktail. And despite the enduring and admittedly important presence of daiquiri chains and vibrantly colored Hurricane Cocktails (whose origin is credited to Pat O’Brien’s), New Orleans’s cocktail culture and those who love it have a bright, if slightly blurry, future ahead of them.

Classic Hurricane Cocktail
Serves 1
A classic New Orleans Hurricane Cocktail.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce dark rum
  2. 1 ounce white rum
  3. ½ ounce grenadine or passion fruit syrup
  4. ½ ounce fresh orange juice
  5. ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  6. 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  7. Garnish: orange slice, maraschino cherry
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine rums, grenadine, orange and lime juice, and sugar. Shake until sugar is dissolved, about 30 seconds. Fill a hurricane glass halfway with ice; pour rum mixture over. Garnish with orange and cherry.
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For midsummer dinner parties, a light, sparkling cocktail is always a strong choice. This refreshing Strawberry Cucumber Cooler cocktail from Stroubes in Baton Rouge combines a strawberry’s sweetness with the calming flavor of cucumber to a delightful effect. If you can’t find cucumber vodka, regular vodka will produce a highly drinkable result.

 

Strawberry Cucumber Cooler
Serves 1
For midsummer dinner parties, a light, sparkling cocktail is always a strong choice. Th is refreshing drink from Stroubes in Baton Rouge combines a strawberry’s sweetness with the calming flavor of cucumber to a delightful effect. If you can’t find cucumber vodka, regular vodka will produce a highly drinkable result
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Ingredients
  1. 2 slices cucumber
  2. 1/2 strawberry, hulled
  3. 1 teaspoon Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  4. 1/2 ounce plus 1 teaspoon strawberry liqueur, divided
  5. 1 1/2 ounces cucumber vodka
  6. Soda water
  7. Garnishes: Cucumber ribbon, and sliced strawberry
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine cucumber, strawberry, Simple Syrup, and 1 teaspoon strawberry liqueur. Muddle. Fill with ice, cucumber vodka, and remaining ó ounce strawberry liqueur. Pour mixture into a clean cocktail shaker or pint glass, pour back into shaker, and repeat until cold. Transfer to a Collins glass and top with soda water. Garnish with cucumber ribbon and strawberry slice, if desired.
Simple Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature before using. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 month.
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