Well, 2020 has certainly been one for the books. And, if we are being honest, it’s been one for our couches and TVs too. As one friend of mine put it, this was the year us guys had the choice of becoming a hunk, a chunk, or a drunk. (Or quite possibly two out of the three).
As someone who bartended my way through college I originally wanted to do this article on new drink ideas for the holidays. But when I started reviewing other columns out there (including a really nice one right here in BHL), I realized that everyone’s got a holiday drink list. And The Weekly Male is not all about what everyone else is doing — so let’s do it a bit differently here.
Sure, I’ll give in to the holiday magic a for the first two days on my list. But instead of going hard on Gingerbread Martinis or Pomegranate Clove Negronis, since this was a year for sweatpants and at-home comfort I’m mostly going to spin some comfortable, tried and true beverages that have stood the test of time into their drunk uncle counterparts. Since really, we all have stood the test of time in 2020.
Additionally, instead of a usual holiday roundup, I thought I’d go with a countdown (or should I say drinkdown) to the New Year with something (or things) that really fits each day. So in a year where so many of us are staying close to home, let’s have a boozy virtual toast to one another every day until 2021 and look forward to the day when we can do it in real life while once again stumbling down the streets together.
We’re only 10 days out from January 1, so let’s get straight into it, shall we?
December 23: Peppermint Mocha Mudslide
At this point we’ve either gotten all of our shopping and wrapping done or are in complete denial about how long each of those tasks are going to take. Either way our holiday meter is at a 10 and this has to be the most festive drink I’ve got in my little black book — The Peppermint Mocha Mudslide.
Candy Cane (Garnish)
December 24: Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer
Christmas Eve. Rudolph. This one just makes sense. Be it last minute shopping, last minute gift wrapping, or both, you’re going to need something strong to get you through this one, so I’m having Santa send in some reinforcements with Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer.
Plus, if you’re trying to be the cool uncle or dad simply take out the vodka and shake some for the kids. The good bad — they’ll be wired and up late. The good news — they won’t wake you up at 6am to open presents because they’ll still be passed out from the sugar rush.
Fresh Rosemary (Garnish)
December 25: The Full Bar
If you’re like me on Christmas, you’re with your family the whole entire day. And mom’s got a full bar so here are the three drinks we do throughout the big day, starting with a nice, simple (stiff 8am) Mimosa while we open presents. Then, moving into an Eggnog Martini and a nice, smooth red wine to ease out of the night and/or consciousness — my choice is always something red and in this case Twomey.
Christmas Morning Mimosa
This beverage needs no introduction. It’s easy, simple enough to be made while half asleep and good enough to forget how many you’ve had really quickly.
Christmas Afternoon Eggnog Martini
A long-standing tradition at my house on Christmas is watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and drinking our Eggnog Martinis out of the same moose mugs from the movie. I’m not really sure why, but they just taste better that way.
Cinnamon stick (Garnish)
Though I am always a red guy, Twomey makes a Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, and my favorite Merlot, known for being big and velvety with hints of chocolate.
December 26: Cinnamon Apple Cider Mimosa
Sometimes the only way over a hangover is through it, so let’s ease our way out of it as we big the holiday season and 2020 good riddance with a Cinnamon Apple Cider Mimosa. We’re breaking out the whiskey for this one so be ready for a bit of a kick, this is not your mother’s mimosa.
750ml Bottle Dry Sparkling Wine
December 27: Hot Cocoa Martini
Baby, Christmas may be over but it’s still cold outside. At this point you’ve you’ve done your day-after shopping, purchasing, and maybe even escaped the family for those of you who spent this year with them — so let’s cozy up with some Sunday (alcoholic) cocoa.
December 28: Blood Orange Margarita
Alright, that’s enough creamy holiday drinks — Margarita Monday anybody? Let’s get this New Year party started because boy am I ready for 2020 to come to an end.
December 29: Classic Moscow Mule
Alright, so this is my all-time favorite drink, a true classic, and I just couldn’t leave it off the list. It’s a simple one, so grab some vodka, some ginger beer, a little lime and you’re set. Plus the infamous copper mugs, while not a must, keep the drink really cold and the more chilled this one is the better it tastes.
Lime Wedge (Garnish)
December 30: Picante
My Soho House favorite — I can’t tell you how many pitchers of these I have consumed in my Mad Men days. I know we just had a tequila beverage but there’s no better drink to all but literally kick us into NYE than a Picante, which is much like a spicy margarita but much less sweet and so, so much better.
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
December 31: St Germain Champagne
Alright, so most of you will go for the classic plain Champagne, and I can’t fault you for that. But I always add a splash of St Germain elderflower liqueur to add a little extra pizzaz, flavor, and alcohol content. Cheers!
St Germain (Splash)
January 1: Coffee
We made it! And uf was it a doozy. The past 10 days of drinking and the past 365 of wishing we drank every day. Either way I’m starting this one out with some coffee and a cold shower. Happy new year, all. Continue to stay safe, stay sane, and stay kind to one another.