We're back with another installment of our holiday cocktail series! This time featuring the peppermint liquor Rumple Minze, per the suggestion of one of my favorite area bartenders. After all, there’s little better than a boozy beverage to get you through the long, cold winter nights, right?! This week's cocktail inspiration comes from the fantastic John L Mayer (not to be confused with the singer) from Local 149 in South Boston. He’s the bar manager at the popular neighborhood spot, and is seriously one of the most genuine, enthusiastic, and awesome guys I’ve ever encountered behind the bar. When we had the idea for this cocktail series, I knew I had to get his input.
He immediately suggested a series of super-simple cocktail “recipes” using the Rumple Minze - his "guilty pleasure." The boozy peppermint liquor is the perfect addition to any minty holiday cocktail recipes. As John put it, Rumple Minze is "Peppermint and boozy enough to help deal with family!" All 3 variations used an even mix of Rumple Minze with other spirits - bourbon, anejo tequila, and Fernet Branca.
For John's first cocktail, the “Snowshoe,” you mix 1.5oz each of bourbon (he recommends Eagle Rare) and Rumple Minze. He recommends this drink be served over crushed ice with a big mint sprig and straw. Pictured above and to the right, we served it in a new Alessi Orseggi Whiskey glass.
For his tequila variation, “Snow Falling on Jalisco,” you simply substitute añejo tequila for bourbon (pictured below, to the left). And last but not least, for the favorite Local 149 variation - "Black Santa" - you use equal parts Rumple Minze and Fernet Branca (not pictured here).
We gladly whipped these up for our photo shoot - and made sure to give them a try, as well. I hadn't previously tried Rumple Minze, but I can safely say is is extremely minty and deceivingly strong. It's slightly syrupy and very sweet, which masks the boozyness of these cocktails, making them a rather potent libation. But, if you're a mint fan, I encourage you to give them a try!
Do you have a favorite holiday libation?