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Bartenders all across Seattle are adding their own twists to some of the classics this year, or are even creating their own winter holiday creations. This classic Manhattan from Brass Tacks will put some fire in your tummy. (Image: Courtesy Brass Tacks Facebook Page)

Baby, it's cold outside! Warm up with these cocktails

As temperatures drop, and Christmas music hits the radio, you may be getting in the spirit for, well, spirits!

Bartenders all across Seattle are adding their own twists to some of the classics this year, or are even creating their own winter holiday creations. From the Warm Fuzzies Winter Ale from Hellbent Brewing Company, to a classic Manhattan that will put some fire in your tummy at Brass Tacks, there are plenty of great winter cocktails in the Emerald City to help keep you toasty.

For example, Brian Dalby of Brave Horse Tavern has created Crushing the Mark – a Maker’s Mark Bourbon spiked cider cocktail that features Ryan’s Apple Cider crushed ice, local fresh-pressed cranberry juice from Washington Cranberry farm Starvation Alley, and whiskey barrel-aged bitters. This beautiful drink is then garnished with a thyme sprig. It offers a deliciously cool departure from a traditional warm cider cocktail.

If you’re looking for something a bit more cozy, Sara Rosales of White Swan & Radiator Whiskey has created the Jump in the Fire – a warm Maker’s Mark libation layered with Becherovka and Cynar that offers the perfect balance of herbal and spiced flavors.

Both bartenders were kind of enough to provide Seattle Refined with their recipes. (You can find out more of my favorites in the photo gallery above!)

Crushing the Mark

Created by Brian Dalby, Brave Horse Tavern

  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • Crushed Ryan’s Apple Cider Ice* (cider available here)
  • ¾ parts Starvation Alley 100% Fresh Pressed Cranberry Juice (available here)
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters (available here)
  • Thyme spring (for garnish)

Mix Maker’s Mark, Cranberry Juice, and Bitters, add regular ice, shake gently to chill. Fill Glass (we like a 13oz Tulip, but a wine glass will work too, or anything of comparable size) with Crushed Apple Ice. Pour Maker’s Mixture over crushed Apple Cider Ice. Garnish with thyme sprig.

*Crushed Apple Cider Ice: Simply pour Apple Cider in a shallow pan or dish and pop in the freezer! When frozen, scrape and break apart with a large spoon.

Jump in the Fire

Created by Sara Rosales, The White Swan Public House & Radiator Whiskey

  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • ½ parts Becherovka
  • ½ parts Cynar
  • 2 dashes Black Walnut bitters
  • Star Anise, for garnish

Combine all ingredients, and warm over the stove. Garnish with a star anise.

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