Wassail is an ancient West English tradition, typically celebrated on January 17th, or the Old Twelfth Night of Christmas. Hailing from Wales and West English cider country, wassail is a night of revelry and caroling.
This simple, elegant cocktail is floral and herbal and a lovely sipper for a holiday cocktail party or aperitif. Based on a classic bijou cocktail, our Midus Bijou substitutes Midus, mead aged on spruce tips, for sweet Vermouth.
Sweet potato bake, or sweet potato casserole, has always been a Southern favorite of mine for holiday meals. Deliciously sweet, rich, and creamy, sweet potato bake is a perfect balance to Bonfire Cyser. Bonfire has a smoky, apple nose with a medium high acid, much like a dry white wine.
Bonfire Cyser has a fantastic smoky nose, light spicy character, bright medium acidity, and wonderful chile flavor on the finish. While Bonfire Cyser is lovely as a standalone drink, it is also an excellent addition to a Bloody Mary. The Bonfire Mary recipe below takes a bit of preparation work, but is a delicious savory cocktail where the tomatoes and Bonfire Cyser shine in harmony.
Pintxos are small bites, similar to Spanish tapas but often served on a toothpick as finger food! Create your own Basque-inspired pintxo snacks with the easy ideas below. Serve a variety as an appetizer course, a snack selection, or as a complement to a heartier course of a Spanish Tortilla, paired with a glass of Sidra Americana, of course!
Recently I visited ANXO Cider and Pintxos Bar in Washington, DC and enjoyed delicious pintxos (small bites, like tapas) and Basque sidras. All are dry, rustic, funky, and tart, a perfect pairing for salty pintxos or a rich, savory Spanish tortilla.