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Drinking Lessons: The Christmasy Stuff

Luna and the Holiday Spirit Guides invent their own cocktails based on their favorite Christmas characters: The Grinch, Krampus, and the explosive battle between good and evil from Die Hard (technically not a character, but it still counts)! And when the talk turns to holiday party memories, Luna recalls an event that featured Russian Squirrels, and Spirit Guide Jordon shares a holiday adventure that can’t be topped…not even by Clayton’s paratrooping cold-war Christmas recollections.



Luna: The Mean One

  • 3 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz gin
  • Club soda
  • Lemon twist
  • 3 maraschino cherries
  • Fresh mint leaves

Spoon limeade concentrate into a martini glass with a crooked stem; pour in vodka and gin, then fill the rest of the glass with club soda. Give a little lemon twist over the whole thing. Spear the three cherries and hang them into the drink with a mint leaf on either side. Knock it back and give Christmas back to Whoville…after all, it was you who stole it from them in the first place, you MEAN ONE. 

Clayton: Flaming Krampus

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • ¾ oz Brovo Douglas Fir liqueur
  • ½ oz Fernet Branca
  • ½ oz cinnamon simple syrup
  • 1/3 oz + tablespoon absinthe
  • Blackstrap bitters
  • Activated charcoal (coconut ash)
  • Sugar cube
  • Ice sphere
  • Pine branch

Add mezcal, liqueur, Fernet Branca, cinnamon simple syrup, absinthe, and activated charcoal into a shaker and stir with ice. Place a fresh ice sphere in glass. Add bitters over ice. Strain the contents of the shaker into glass around the new ice sphere. Soak sugar cube in absinthe, then lay pine branch across the glass (in the manner of an absinthe spoon) and light the sugar cube on fire. When it burns out, upend the branch, dropping the remainder of the sugar cube into the glass. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Sip the smoky, alpine essence as you smack and drag the bad kids to hell, because it’s Krampmas…er, Christmas.

 Jordon: Die Hard

  • 1 12 oz can Budweiser
  • 1 oz Jagermeister

Pour the Budweiser into a tall glass. Pour the Jagermeister into a shot glass and drop it into the beer. Watch the ensuing explosion of Nakatomi Plaza as you drink heartily and save the world from the menacing presence of Alan Rickman (God rest his soul).