Spirited Concoctions

Courtesy of Can Can Brasserie in Richmond, we present a trio of cocktails conceived by bartender Beth Dixon to cheer you this Holiday season. A votre santé.

The Can Can Brasserie shares with Virginia Living three of its finest holiday cocktail recipes that serve as festive, mouth-tingling additions to your after-dinner Thanksgiving or Christmas menu: Café au Poivre, L’Ancienne Reparation, and Goût de L’Hiver.

Café au Poivre

(Coffee with Pepper)

3⁄4 ounce Absolut Peppar

3⁄4 ounce Godiva dark chocolate liqueur

4 ounces cold brew coffee

Pour ingredients over ice in shaker and strain into glass mug. Top with fresh whipped cream and several dashes of cinnamon.

L’Ancienne Reparation

(Old Fashioned Remedy)

1 1⁄2 ounces Bulleit bourbon

1 ounce honey syrup ( 1⁄2 hot water, 1⁄2 honey)

2 slices blood orange

dash of bitters

Muddle oranges, bitters and honey syrup in the bottom of a rocks glass. Fill with ice and add bourbon.

Goût de L’Hiver

(Taste of Winter)

1 1⁄2 ounces Grey Goose Poire vodka

1⁄2 ounce Canton ginger cognac

1⁄2 ounce rosemary syrup

2 ounces cranberry juice

Pour all ingredients over ice in a shaker and strain into martini glass. Garnish with sprig of rosemary. Note: To make rosemary syrup, submerge 1 stalk of rosemary in jar filled with 1 part water and 1 part sugar. Let sit overnight.

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