Holiday drinks: Armagnac and Batched Margaritas

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A little-known spirit

We’ve been talking about cocktails (and we’re not stopping) but let’s pause and consider a spirit worth sipping on its own. A glass of Armagnac will last you the evening, which is worth mentioning on a day when you’ll likely do little more than sleep off last night’s feast.

Armagnac is named for the region where it’s made, just south of the birthplace of the more popular (and more expensive) Cognac.

It’s a grape brandy, made exclusively in small batches from white wine grapes and stored in white oak barrels. Cognac is distilled twice, Armagnac just once. Critics like the latter for complex flavor profiles that range from fruity to caramel to cinnamon, depending on age. Sniff, taste and take your time.

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Batched Blood Orange Margaritas

A classic with a bright twist.

Mix three parts tequila, two parts triple sec, one part lime juice and, to add a splash of holiday color and round out the flavor, another one part blood orange juice to a pitcher. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve over ice in a glass with a salted rim or up in a chilled glass. Garnish with a blood orange slice.

Now that the big meal is over, it’s time to get serious about gifting. Check out our cocktail bundle, a special collection for the holidays, and keep an eye out for more gift bundles, coming soon!