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December 16th, 2008

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

by Mr. Norman Maine


Left to right: Nutty Cranberry Crush, Almond Cream, and Demitasse Cocktail.

Well, the holidays are upon us, that magical time of year when we all feel a little nicer, a little more warm and fuzzy. The time of year when we do things we normally wouldn’t do unless it is this time of year, specifically invite people into our homes for a holiday gathering. You know, the type where five minutes after everyone arrives, you’re in the bathroom hyperventilating and asking yourself what the hell did I do this for? I can’t entertain, I’m the host with the least.

Dear friends, we’ve all been there, the low groans of our guests as they try and make a screwdriver from your budget vodka and tang or another rum and diet shasta. This year will be different, because this year I am here to provide solutions to the crappy holiday punch or the cheap champagne.

Tucked away on the northwest corner of 7th Avenue and West 10th Street in the village is BoBo, one of the city’s newest and best restaurants. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a razor sharp edge of downtown chic. BoBo is a place to see and be seen. In the summer months BoBo features a great outdoor patio on the second floor, and this winter they will debut the same space tented in; it’s seriously one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time and as if this restaurant weren’t happening enough, this tented patio is going to require a doorman!

Having been there a few times for the amazing food, the really unique drink menu, the great vibe and the excellent service, I’ve gotten to know the bar staff pretty well. You’d have a hard time finding more knowledgeable bartenders anywhere in this entire city; honestly, these guys are like drink encyclopedias. I had this idea to offer a holiday cocktail guide in SoHo Journal so I approached Fred Giacinto, who’s been at BoBo since the begining, and asked if he would create a special drink menu specifically for our readers, one that would look impressive but still be simple enough for an average Joe to make at home. These delicious drinks are not on the BoBo menu, there’s not room there with the overflowing amount of exotic, fantastic cocktails they offer. I knew that the staff of a restaurant whose aim is to make their guests feel very at home (and continuously succeeds) would be able to concoct a few festive and potent holiday treats that even I could mix and make me look like the James Bond of holiday parties! Please try these at your next party and also, be sure to drop in at BoBo; you’ll thank me!

Nutty Cranberry Crush

1.5 oz Vodka
(or Plymouth Gin)
.5 oz Amaretto
1 oz Cranberry Juice
.5 oz Orange Juice
(no pulp)
.75 oz fresh Lemon Juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into old fashioned glass over crushed ice.

Garnish with Orange slice or Cranberries.

Almond Cream

1 oz Bourbon
.5 oz Irish Cream
.75 oz Amaretto
.25 tsp Anisette
1 oz Heavy Cream

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

Garnish with grated almond.


Demitasse Cocktail

1.5 oz Brandy
.5 oz Irish Cream
1 shot espresso
.75 oz simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

No garnish.

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