The Hippo


Apr 18, 2019








Old Fashioned from Firefly. Courtesy photo.

Firefly Hot Toddy

Courtesy of Rachael Jones of Firefly American Bistro & Bar
2 ounces Irish whiskey 
1 ounce lemon-clove syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 12 cloves, peel of one lemon; stir until sugar is dissolved and let steep for one hour. Strain lemon peel and cloves.)
5 ounces hot water 
Garnish with ground nutmeg 
Espresso Martini
Courtesy of Peaches Paige of Cotton
1/2 ounce Baileys
1/2 ounce Kahlua
1/2 ounce Stoli Vanil
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce espresso (you can use instant espresso if you don’t have an espresso machine) 
Cotton Signature Manhattan
Courtesy of Peaches Paige of Cotton
3 ounces Woodford Bourbon
1/2 ounce Antica Carpano Vermouth
3 dashes Woodford spiced cherry bitters
1 Luxardo cherry
Pomegranate Thyme Gin & Tonic
Courtesy of Rachael Jones of Firefly American Bistro & Bar
2 ounces gin (try Cold River Gin, a London Dry style made in Maine)
5 ounces tonic water 
Pomegranate juice to taste (from a splash up to an ounce)
Build over ice, stir, and garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme
Old Fashioned
Courtesy of Rachael Jones of Firefly American Bistro & Bar
2 ounces bourbon or rye
3 dashes aromatic or flavored bitters (orange and molasses are both delicious)
1 teaspoon sugar
Build over ice, stir until sugar is dissolved, and garnish with an orange peel 

Winter spirit
Easy bar-quality drinks for a snowy night in

By Angie Sykeny

 If the winter weather has turned your spirited night out into a snowy night in, don’t retire to the couch just yet. You can still enjoy bar-worthy mixed drinks right at home, and you don’t need to be a pro bartender to do it. Check out these tips for building a basic home bar, plus some quick and easy drink ideas for warming up on a chilly night. 

Brandon Laws, co-owner and bartender of In The MIX Beverage Catering, based in Nashua, says it doesn’t take a lot of equipment to make a decent home bar. The main things you need are a shaker and strainer and good glassware. 
“You have to have a shaker because getting the full flavor isn’t just about mixing the drink,” he said. “You have to shake hard so it’s bruising the liquor. That’s what gets the full flavors to come out.” 
As far as liquor essentials, Laws said every home bar should have a vodka, gin, rum and whiskey or bourbon. Don’t forget ingredients for the garnish and the rim, which can make even the simplest drink look like a fancy one you’d get at the bar. Stock up on brown sugar and cinnamon, which go well with many wintry cocktails, and some cinnamon sticks to give hot drinks an extra kick. 
For the vodka, you can get one that’s unflavored, or you can choose a flavor or flavors that are your favorite and find cocktail recipes based on that flavor. 
Vanilla, whipped cream, chocolate and coffee or espresso flavors can be used in a variety of drinks like a mudslide, espresso martini or Irish coffee. You can even add a shot to your hot cocoa. 
Laws said he likes using flavored vodka in a “beertail” with a coffee- or chocolate-flavored porter or stout. 
Many winter drinks lean toward heavy, savory flavors and are served hot, but if you’d rather escape the cold weather than embrace it, go for a fruity drink with some winter flair. Rachael Jones, manager at Firefly American Bistro & Bar in Manchester, suggests using wintry fruit juices like pomegranate, grapefruit and blood orange and incorporating herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme to give the drink more depth. 
Jones said rum can also be used in a variety of wintry drinks. 
“While some may view rum as a liquor solely to drink in the sun with coconuts and limes, I’d recommend having a bottle of darker rum on hand,” she said. “Dark rums mix well with hearty, warming flavors like maple, apples and ginger.” 
You can do a lot with a rye whiskey or bourbon: sip it straight over ice, or experiment with different flavored bitters. Jones likes orange, grapefruit and molasses the best. For a whiskey-based drink that’s sure to warm you up, try a hot toddy. Firefly makes it with Irish whiskey, lemon clove syrup, hot water and a sprinkle of nutmeg.  
“[The hot toddy] is sweet, warm and bold,” Jones said, “and goes great with a blanket and a good book.” 
For apple cider fans, Laws said hot apple cider spiked with spiced rum or cinnamon whiskey is an easy, toasty drink, or you could go a bit more fancy with a mimosa, replacing orange juice with apple cider and adding a splash of cinnamon-flavored liquor for extra kick. 
No matter what kind of home bar you stock, the most important thing is to have fun with it. 
“There are two schools of thought about making drinks: be totally accurate with the measurements or just make it how you want it to taste,” Laws said. “Don’t be afraid to make them for your own taste. … The beauty of practicing bartending is, if you mess up, you still get to drink the mess-up.” 

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