Wow, what a year... A pandemic that caused business closures and skyrocketing unemployment, travel restrictions, scientific skepticism, political divisions... So much negative news, it was overwhelming at times. But, it also caused me to think back to something my mom used always to tell me when I was feeling down - “You are strong, rise above it”. In other words, you are better than that. Stay true to yourself and don't let the bad sh*t drag you down. Jingle your bells with pride and joy.
Joy in our lives is so much more important now, especially after this year. Love your family and friends, give them hugs and let them know that you care. Enjoy the December holidays with them and take every opportunity to share the joy.
The New Year also provides us with an opportunity to start a new chapter in our lives. I'm doing just that too, and as such this will be my last Cocktail Napkin as the owner of Jo's Stillwater Tea Room. Yes, the rumors are true, I have sold the Tea Room. Gregg and Laura Malkovich took over on January first. However, I'm not going anywhere – just to the other side of the bar, to the fun side with you all to jingle some bells!
2015 was our first Christmas at the Tea Room and it was during that time that we crafted a new cocktail that we called Jingle Your Bells. The combination of the spirits in this drink provides a devilishly tasteful flavor profile, plus with three shots per drink, it will jingle your bells! That was a fantastic year, and I am so thankful for all of the amazing years that have followed since then. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.
Jingle Your Bells Ingredients:
1 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream
1 oz. DiSaronno Amaretto
1 oz. Pendleton 1910 Rye Whiskey
Add a scoop of ice to a cocktail shaker cup, then add the liquid ingredients
Pour the mix back and forth into a rocks glass, ending with the mix in the glass
Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon
Sip and enjoy responsibly... Ciao!
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