Find the taste of winter in sprinkles of fig syrup and in aromatic feathers of smoked mezcal and on sprigs of rosemary. Avert biting winter chills with a touch of bitter in a bubbly cocktail.
Asheville’s bars and lounges expand their seasonal menus beyond the holiday-themed drinks and offer cocktails to soak up the winter.
Pull up a bar stool or warm up by the campfire sites and heaters on the terraces while taking a sip.
Do not smoke?
Cocktails are the latest addition to the Bottle Riot menu. A refreshing star is Vivant Supreme.
“Vivant means to live, and this drink is about living your sovereign life as we enter the new year,” said Lauri Nichols, co-owner. “We wanted to create a fun cozy drink for the present and the future with a little nod to our past. The past two years have been challenging for all of us, but we need to keep living our best lives.”
The rye-based cocktail takes imbibers on a taste journey that begins with a pre-bitter bite and ends with a luxurious velvety finish. Occasionally you can discover citrus notes on the mountains of ice stones in the cocktail glass.
Vivant Supreme or one of Bottle Riot’s spirits, wine, beer and cider can be enjoyed inside the bar, but the terrace is ready for winter guests. Sit down next to the wood burning table to warm up from the inside out.
“Anyone who knows Bottle Riot knows how warm and cozy we are,” Nichols said. “Whether you enjoy our covered patio or picnic area or snuggled inside on the iconic green sofa, we now have something for everyone.”
Bottle Riot has gone as a private bar, so guests must sign up for a $ 1 membership fee at the door under North Carolina law. Guests must also show proof of vaccination to enter.
Smells of whiskey
The newly opened Holeman and Finch added a warming, wintery cocktail to its menu that provides a glimpse into the life of the restaurant’s owner, Linton Hopkins.
Hopkins’ grandfather, from Tennessee Eugene Holeman, was the inspiration behind the season’s cocktail, Smells Like Tennessee, according to the restaurant team.
Smells Like Tennessee delivers a downhome feel with the earthy flavor of shiitake mushrooms infused with Tennessee whiskey with sorghum syrup, black walnut bitters and the scent of singed rosemary.
Stop into Holeman and Finch for this and other craft dribbles when the restaurant reopens after the holiday on January 3rd. Vaccination card and temperature check will be required for all guests.
Or make the southern sipper at home using this recipe:
Smells like Tennessee
Make 1 cocktail
2 oz shiitake compressed George Dickel # 12
2 bar shears Tennessee sorghum syrup
3 lines of black walnut bits
Stir, sift into a stone jar with 1 “cubes.
Lightly burn the top of the rosemary and add the top of the glass.
Antidote Bar displays a collection of seasonal cocktails using Chemist Spirits.
The Asheville distillery and the local spice company, Spicewalla, introduced the King of Siam.
Chemist Spirits Barrel Rested Gin complements Spicewalla Chai Masala Spice, which is blended with Cocchi di Torino and bitter.
An easier, sweeter choice is Lemon Pound Cake. It is made with Chemist Spirits Navy Strength Gin, Oleo Saccharum, vanilla bean, sweetened milk, nutmeg and lemon verbena.
The Antidote Bar at Chemist Spirits has a partially covered terrace with heaters and a fireplace, in addition to its three floors with indoor seating.
Visit chemistspirits.com/recipes for cocktail recipes with Chemist Spirits.
The Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge is thrilled with its S’More’s Less, described as a “sparkling, delightful cocktail.”
S’More’s Less is made with Woodinville straight bourbon whiskey, Rumchata and Cultivated Cocktails Cremè de Cocoa. The dessert drink is layered with Tippleman’s Burnt Sugar Syrup and topped with a graham cracker rim.
Rankin Vault welcomes guests to relax and warm up in the spacious heated outdoor seating, which offers socially spaced tables. Or hang out in the casual dining room and order a meal or play bar games.
Feeling good on the 9th
The heat is rising, so head up to the ninth floor of the Marriott AC Hotels for a rooftop view of Capella on the 9th.
The Smoked Cranberry Margarita transforms a refreshing summer drink into a tasty, smoky winter sensation. The cocktail starts with tequila blanco and Vida mezcal with added flavors of orange, cranberry and rosemary. It is finished with black salt and roasted rosemary.
Bar seats are not open, but the heat from indoor and outdoor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tiana Kennell is the food and eating reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter / Instagram @PrincessOfPage.
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