The year – and decade – may be coming to a close, but we wanted to leave you with some fun and festive cocktails to celebrate with on New Year's Eve (or any time of year, really!). Several local Fairfax County mixologists and bartenders have selected some of their favorite holiday cocktail recipes to share with you.
If you give these a try, be sure to share your photos and reviews with us on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax.
Happy New Year to you from all of us here at Visit Fairfax!
by Sulaiman Popal
3/4oz • James E. Pepper Rye
3/4oz • Averna Amaro Liqueur
3/4oz • Lemon Juice
3/4oz • Simple Syrup
4 dashes • Earl Grey Bitters
1 • Egg White
1. Dry shake all ingredients
2. Wet shake to chill
3. Serve in a coupe glass
4. Garnish with Earl Grey Bitters
Tucked in the corner of the Mosaic District, BSide curates a diverse tracklist of funky craft cocktails. Showing off their creativity, the bar team seasonally switches up the menu to give you the best drinks outside of DC. With a thoughtful selection of liquors, stellar food and charcuterie to die for, you never know what's next at this spot. Don’t miss their New Years' Eve Bash for all-inclusive drinks, food, and music. Tickets here.
Trummer’s Restaurant (Clifton)
by Stefan Trummer
1 oz • dark rum
1 oz • white rum
1 oz • housemade chestnut orgreat
½ oz • housemade sour mix
1 • splash of simple syrup
The Krampus is a dark, mean demon who tortures children who misbehave around Christmas. In Austria, the Krampus goes door to door seeking out the bad kids and taking them with him. St. Nicolas follows, rewarding well-behaved children with gifts. The cocktail is strong and a bit mean - yet delicious - in honor of the Krampus.
More about Trummer's Restaurant (check out their recent renovation and rebrand!)
Maggie McFly’s (Springfield)
2oz • Champagne
2.5oz •Mt. Defiance Rum (Middleburg, VA)
1oz • Ginger Beer
1oz • Cranberry Juice
Combine rum, ginger beer, and cranberry juice. Stir. Top with champagne and garnish with orange slices.
Don't miss Maggie McFly's Happy Hour where you can enjoy some food and drink specials from Monday - Friday, 3-6 pm. Late Night Happy Hour is daily at 10 pm and includes food only.
2941 Restaurant (Falls Church)
by Nikki Drake
Image courtesy 2941 Restaurant
1 oz • Tanqueray gin
1 oz • Pratt Standard Cranberry Orange syrup
.75 oz • verjus rouge
1 • dash orange bitters (we suggest Regan’s)
3 oz • Cava
In a shaker, combine all ingredients except Cava. Shake with ice and double strain into a coupe. Top with Cava. Garnish with cranberry skewered on a sprig of rosemary. Cheers!
Warming Toddy Cocktail
Mount Vernon Inn (Mount Vernon)
by Oliver Pluff
1.5 oz • George Washington’s Straight Rye Whiskey® per mug
1 tsp • honey per mug
1 • Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy Kit
1. Open the toddy kit and fill provided spice bag with about 1 tablespoon of spices, then securely tie with provided string.
2. Steep spices in boiling water for 5 minutes, then remove spice bags from the pot.
3. While spices are steeping, prepare your mugs by adding 1 teaspoon (more or less to taste) of honey and one shot of whiskey.
4. After removing spice bags, carefully pour the steeped liquid into each mug and stir with a cinnamon stick (provided in the toddy kit).
George Washington’s Straight Rye Whiskey and the Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy Kit available from the Shops at Mount Vernon.
Want more recipes? Check out several other chef favorites here. Want to make reservations at these or other Fairfax County restaurants? Check out a list of options here. Want more holiday and winter fun ideas? We've got that too.
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