I always think of Maker's Mark as the bourbon of Christmas. Sure, there may be bourbons you drink at Derby time, and bourbons you drink on, say, your birthday. But, Maker's is the bourbon you buy for Christmas.
It may have something to do with the fabulous way that the folks at Maker's market the holiday, from nostalgic print ads to witty Ambassador gifts. It may be that Maker's Mark is the bourbon my family has always used in the bourbon balls that we make at Christmastime. Whatever it is, Maker's slays the Christmas game.
Since Maker's is the flavor of Christmas, it's a great idea to set up a Maker's Mark bourbon bar over the next few days. Only a few simple ingredients will allow you to offer your guests a variety of popular cocktails.
What you'll need:
- A couple of bottles of Maker's Mark
- A bottle of vermouth
- A bottle of Angostura bitters
- Simple Syrup
- Sour Mix (3 cups simple syrup to one cup lemon and lime juice)
- Maker's Mark cherries
- Lemons, limes, and oranges for garnish
If you have these items, you can mix up a whisky sour, an old-fashioned, or a Manhattan, in addition to serving your bourbon neat or on the rocks. Add a couple of sizes of glasses to allow your guests some choice.
Set everything out in an accessible place, keep fresh ice handy, and your guests will be refreshed and full of holiday cheer!
What's your favorite holiday cocktail?