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Valhalla-Based Cocktail Expert Toasts Holidays With Festive Libations

Cocktail Guru Pam Wiznitzer, left, with Wine Enthusiast Editor Marina Vataj.
Cocktail Guru Pam Wiznitzer, left, with Wine Enthusiast Editor Marina Vataj. Photo Credit: Elyse Estrella
The "Miracle of Light" cocktail by Pamela Wiznitzer, creative director at Seamstress in New York City.
The "Miracle of Light" cocktail by Pamela Wiznitzer, creative director at Seamstress in New York City. Photo Credit: Elyse Estrell

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- It's not often Chanukah overlaps with Christmas Eve and to celebrate, Wine Enthusiast Digital Managing Editor Marina Vataj visited Seamstress on New York’s Upper East Side to see what the bar's Creative Director and Cocktail Guru Pamela Wiznitzer could offer.

The result: Three festive cocktails including “The Miracle of Light” which the Valhalla-based magazine shot in its first ever Facebook Live segment.

Vataj, a lifelong Westchester resident—she was raised in Bedford and currently lives in the Bronxville area, said this one was fun to watch being made -- and later imbibe in.

This also being Christmas Eve, readers are encouraged to shake, stir and share in Old Fashioned Bourbon Milk Punch and Sparkling Port Punch.

Miracle of Light (Courtesy Pamela Wiznitzer, creative director at Seamstress in New York City)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. apricot jam
  • 1 ½ oz. Ilegal Mezcal Joven
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3 dashes Bittermen’s Boston Bittahs
  • ½ hallowed lime wedge
  • ¾ oz. Green Chartreuse
  • Freshly grated cinnamon, for garnish

Method:

  • In a cocktail shaker, add apricot jam, mezcal, lime juice and bitters.
  • Dry shake the cocktail.
  • Add ice and shake once more.
  • Strain the cocktail into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Place lime wedge on top, and fill with green chartreuse.
  • Light the green chartreuse with a match and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  • Batch rule: Multiply the ingredients for each additional person and simply garnish with lime wedges.

Old Fashioned Bourbon Milk Punch

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 oz. Angel’s Envy Bourbon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg and cinnamon, mixed
  • Freshly ground cinnamon, for garnish
Method
  • In cocktail shaker, add sweetened condensed milk, grated nutmeg and cinnamon. Dry shake the cocktail. Add ice and shake once more. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with cinnamon.
  • Batch rule: Multiply the ingredients for each additional guest.
Sparkling Port Punch

Ingredients:

  • ¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. boiled white tea
  • 1 oz. cranberry syrup*
  • 1 oz. Sandeman Founders Reserve Port
  • ½ oz. Ruffino Prosecco
  • 4-8 cranberries for garnish
  • Lemon wedge for garnish
Method
  • In rocks glass, add lemon juice, white tea, cranberry syrup, and Port. Top with Prosecco and stir. Add ice cubes, and top with cranberries and lemon wedge for garnish.
  • Cranberry syrup is a 2:1 ratio of unsweetened cranberry juice and sugar
  • Batch rule: Multiply the ingredients for each additional guest.

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