You had a huge night, and what better way to recover than with a delicious hair-of-the-dog cocktail that happens to double as breakfast? The drinks below (including a recipe you'll want to keep in your arsenal) are the perfect way to bounce back, and gear up for the next round of festivities.
Where: The Water Trough at Lone Star Court, Austin
What: Rye whiskey, brown sugar simple syrup, maple syrup, mezcal, sparkling apple cider.
How: The Texas Breakfast stars rye whiskey, and gets its sweetness from both maple and simple syrup. It's finished off with a strip of house-made candied bacon, making this cocktail essentially a meal in a glass. Photo courtesy of The Water Trough.
Dunk This Donut
Where: Datz, Tampa
What: Rye whiskey, coffee liqueur, black walnut bitters, cold brew.
How: Celebs like Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria and Eddie Vedder head to this Tampa restaurant for its original spins on deli sandwiches and cocktails, including the cold-brew eye-opener know as the Dunk This Donut cocktail, served topped with a sugarcoated house-made mini donut. “I wanted to create a cocktail with a twist on coffee and donuts that people would crave during breakfast and brunch,” says bar manager Morgan Zuch. The result is a cocktail we wish we could order at every drive-through donut shop in America. Photo courtesy of Datz.
Where: Current at The Westin at The Woodlands, Houston
What: Gin, signature syrup (white sugar, water, purple cabbage), fresh lemon juice, Jamaican spice bitters.
How: You won’t be able to take your eyes off this thing. Its color morphs from purple to pink when the acidic lemon juice meets anthocyanins extracted from the cabbage. “I wanted to do something fun for the holidays and had played with the idea of tying in a chemistry component in a cocktail. This was the experiment that worked really well,” bar manager/resident mixologist Patrick Abalos tells The Feast. Photo courtesy of Current.
Where: Rose Cafe, Los Angeles
What: Cold brew coffee, simple syrup, chile liqueur, tequila.
How: Give a big kick-start to your morning with the spicy Highland Coffee, spiked with chile liqueur made from sun-dried poblano peppers. Photo courtesy of Rose Cafe.
Where: Ivy Kitchen, Dallas
What: Vanilla vodka, simple syrup, orange juice, Red Bull.
How: This classic American joint serves up an effective hangover cure: the Recovery Punch. It's not just your basic Red Bull with vodka: This invigorating drink imparts an extra blood-sugar kick thanks to the orange juice and simple syrup. Photo courtesy of Ivy Kitchen.
Gin and Jam
Where: French Roast Downtown, New York City
What: Gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, sparkling wine, grape jam.
How: This modern take on the classic Clover Club ditches the traditional egg whites, subs grape jam in for raspberry syrup, and adds a big splash of bubbly. Photo courtesy of French Roast Downtown.
Gin and Jam recipe:
1.5 oz gin
0.5 oz simple syrup
0.5 oz lemon juice
1 teaspoon grape jam
Champagne or other sparkling wine
Stir all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, then shake and strain into a martini glass. Fill with sparkling wine.
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