Holiday cocktail suggestions from Hudson Whiskey

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI)- The sold-out Whiskey In The Winter festival was held Friday night at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown St. Louis. It featured more than 300 whiskies from around the world, whiskey-inspired foods, and educational seminars from whiskey industry experts.

One of those whiskeys featured was Hudson Whiskey,  which works with local farmers in New York's Hudson Valley who grow the heirloom grains used by the distillers. Opened in 2001, Hudson was the first new whiskey distillery to start up after Prohibition.

Old Fashioned

To a Double Old Fashioned glass, first add one teaspoon simple syrup, that’s just sugar dissolved into an equal amount of water, and then 3 or 4 dashes of aromatic bitters, these are like the salt & pepper of cocktails, then one large ice cube, and finally, 2 oz. of Hudson Baby Bourbon. Stir to mix and chill, then cut a large swath of orange peel, and snap the peel to express the orange oils over the drink, and garnish it with the orange twist and a nice cocktail cherry

Manhattan

To make a Manhattan,  to stir the ingredients. Despite how James Bond likes to order them, drinks that are all spirits like Martinis and Manhattans should always be stirred. Add to a mixing glass 2 ounces of our Manhattan Rye, which has some spice that’s perfect for a Manhattan, then ¾ oz of sweet vermouth ( remember, it’s just a fortified wine and will go bad so always keep your vermouth in the fridge), and finally a couple dashes of aromatic bitters, then ice. Stir until it’s well-chilled and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Finally, add a swath of orange peel. Garnish it with a nice, delicious cocktail cherry.

Whiskey Sour (New York Sour)

Make a whiskey sour, with 2 oz of Hudson Four Grain Bourbon, ¾ oz of fresh lemon juice, and ¾ oz. of simple syrup, shaken with ice and strained over ice in a rocks glass. The thing that makes this special is the ½ oz. float of a dry or fruity red wine on top. A Malbec or Syrah works nicely.

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