Dec. 20 Sleigh Ride to Paradise


The US Department of Transportation reports that travel increases, on average, twenty three percent during the week of Christmas. Between air, car, and train travel, that's a lot of people spending the holidays away from home. I'm curious how those statistics will add up this year. Let's hope it goes down a bit.


Welcome back, thirsty readers, as we inch closer and closer to that 25th cocktail! This year, things are looking a bit different for the holiday, obviously. Health officials across the country are telling us we should resist travel, and just sit this one out, hoping to avoid another surge in COVID 19 cases. The real question still remains: will the people actually listen?


For a few years now, this was the one time I would travel home to visit my family. It's a bit or irony that I'm finally living here again, during the year I can't visit my family. This year, it's all about making the most of a Christmas at home. There are some serious positives though. Not having to content with the entire extended family takes away a lot of stress we all don't need right now. All I know is next year I'd like to spend Christmas somewhere warm.


Ah yes, the tropical Christmas vacation. Long have I pondered flying away to somewhere warm with white sandy beaches, while everyone else freezes away, complete with all the family drama. I'm not sure why there's so much stigma around skipping out on the snow for a bit.


Christmas is always filled with so much obligation. I'm thinking next year, you should make an obligation to yourself. I'm going to start thinking about that trip right now. In the meantime, maybe mixing up something fun with those flavors of the tropics, blended with the flavors of home would do the trick. I mean, we certainly shouldn't be taking a vacation anywhere this year. Let's have a vacation in our glasses instead.


Sleigh Ride to Paradise

1.5oz Rye

.5oz 151 Proof Guyanese Rum

1.5oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry

.25oz Allspice Dram

.5oz Falernum

.75oz Passion Fruit Syrup

.5oz Lemon Juice

2 dashes Black Walnut Bitters


Tiki Mug

Whip shake and pour unstrained.

Top with crushed ice.

Garish with mint sprigs, orchid, lemon rosette, and lime peel Christmas tree.


*Rye whiskey has deep roots in my home state of Pennsylvania, what with the Whiskey Rebellion and all. I thought a mix of island vibes and my home would fit the bill perfectly for a holiday mash-up.*





Thought a tropical holiday might sound great, let's be serious for a bit. If you're still planning on Christmas travel to see your family, I'm urging you to put it off this year. Saying things aren't good right now is a complete understatement. You can return to your typical family gathering next year, while I'm on a beach. Until tomorrow, let's see if we can't all do something to help once another, and of course, keep shaking.

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