As our readers prepare for the holidays, a roundup of ways to get into the “spirit”—may your days be merry and bright!
1. Russian Standard Vodka: The standard when it comes to premium vodka imported from Russia. Mix 2 parts Russian Standard Vodka with 4 parts ginger beer, 1/2 part cranberry juice, and 1/2 part lime juice for the Russian Standard Yule Mule cocktail.
2. Casamigos Tequila: George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman enjoyed Casamigos Tequila for years before sharing their secret—“We love tequila. On the rocks, by the shot, at times, straight from the bottle.” Visit The Palm restaurants through December 31 to taste the Nutmeg and Honey or Fireside Margarita cocktails, made with Casamigos Tequila.
3. SIMI: Available with either the 2011 SIMI Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay or the 2010 SIMI Landslide Cabernet Sauvignon, the Sonoma Taster by Out of the Box Collective is the antithesis of a lump of coal between the SIMI Chardonnay-infused peach jam and the chocolate, toffee, and bacon “piggy” pops. (Available for purchase at www.simiwinery.com.)
4. The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud: A three-star whisky from a three-star chef—an assemblage of aged stocks drawn from Muscatel, Madeira, and Port casks that’s available at chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurants throughout New York: DANIEL, Café Boulud, Boulud Sud, db Bistro Moderne, Bar Boulud, and DBGB Kitchen and Bar.