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TIP OF THE DAY: Bloody Mary Bar

When planning a holiday cocktail party, consider a Bloody Mary bar with everything from Virgin Marys to variations like the Bloody Bull (beef bouillon), Blood Mariner (clam juice), Danish Mary (aquavit instead of vodka, plus dill), Highland Mary (with Scotch) and Russian Mary (with yogurt). Or, try a Bloody Maria (tequila instead of vodka) or a Chipotle Maria. In addition to being highly popular, the red color is seasonal, along with the green garnishes of celery stalks and rosemary sprigs. See the sea of Bloody Mary recipes, plus the history of the Bloody Mary (contrary to legend, it wasn’t invented at Harry’s Bar in Paris). You can find more seasonal recipes in the Cocktails Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Bloody Mary
This Bloody Mary is all dressed up for the holidays with Morton’s Seasoned Salt, a shrimp, a cucumber slice, grape tomato and the familiar celery stalk.
 

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REVIEW: Holiday Liquor Gifts

If you’re in the spirit to purchase spirits as holiday gifts—or to stock your own bar—here are a few we thought noteworthy this year:
– Canton Ginger and Cognac Liqueur
– Chivas Regal Aged 25 Years (Limited Edition)
– Rogue Spirits Hazelnut Spice Rum and Spruce Gin
– St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
– Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka
Read the full review to find out why we liked them. Find more of our favorite spirits, plus cocktail recipes, in the Cocktails & Spirits Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
  Chivas Regal 25 Years Old
Limited-edition 25-year-old Chivas is a nice way to celebrate the holidays.

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RECIPE: Winetails ~ Wine Cocktails

Canella Domani

Canella Domani is a spiced red wine cocktail

 

Wine beverages have been around as long as wine.

Early recipes that mixed wine with fruit juice and honey evolved over time to more elaborate concepts such as mulled wine—a “wine cocktail” that’s a combination of red wine, Port, brandy, triple sec, brown sugar and a sheaf of spices (allspice, bay leaf, cinnamon sticks and cloves_.

Today’s trendy term is winetail, a mixed drink made with wine instead of spirits. (There’s also the beertail.)

When making wine cocktails, use popularly-priced wines—not complex bottles that should be enjoyed for their layers of flavor. The wines of Ecco Domani—solid, everyday drinking wines with good fruit—are a fine choice.

The company teamed with mixologist Alex Ott to create a series of “winetails” that can be enjoyed before dinner, after dinner or any time you’re relaxing with a glass of wine and want a little something extra.

Make the Canella Domani (canella is the Italian word for cinnamon) when the weather gets cold—it’s best served warm and is a refreshing change from spiced cider, so often served during autumn.

Take a look at all of the Winetails cocktail recipes to make winetails.

 
While the Canella Domain is a warm winetail, the rest are cold, including:

  • A fall winetail with Chianti, apple cider, chai and fresh ginger root
  • A dessert winetail with Chianti, chocolate and raspberries
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