Wintry Cocktails to Serve and Enjoy from Hodges Bend
With Christmas and New Year parties on the horizon, excite your friends and family by serving unique cocktails ranging from refreshing to soul warming designed by the bartenders at Hodges Bend in Tulsa’s East Village.
“We love this time of year,” says Hodges Bend manager and sommelier, Jamie Jennings. “We enjoy serving classical cocktails with our own interpretations and providing unprecedented service.” The combination coffee, wine and cocktail house also serves pastries from heirloom Baking Co., and food from their own food truck named The Parish. “We have a warm, relaxed vibe supplemented by jazz on vinyl records and an impressive drink selection,” says Jennings. “Because we specialize in cocktails, the staff is constantly discussing new ideas and studying the history and the interpretation of classic mixes.”
In fact, Jennings recently served two customers a drink that was popular in the late 1800’s. “They put their trust in us and were blown away by the balance and complexity of the drink.” Throughout the holiday, Hodges Bend will be serving an array of traditional-with-a-twist drinks including Mulled Wine, Hot-Buttered Rum, Irish Coffee, and the latest trend – TIP-TOP PUNCH made with cognac, champagne and seasonal berries.
Want to try some of these recipes at home? Bursting with seasonal flavors, these cocktails will be sure to please all your holiday guests:
Created by Hodges Bend bartender, Florian Dotti, the Tempest is a gin martini featuring seasonal flavors of fall fruits, apricot, apples with a slight nuttiness, complimented by aromatic bitters.
1.5 oz. Old Tom Gin
.5 oz. Rainwater Madeira
.25 oz. Apricot Liqueur
2 dashes Aromatic (cardamom) bitters
Stir, strain into glass
Express lemon peel and use as garnish
10 to 1 FLIP
A whiskey sour eggnog packing a seasonal punch with 5-Spice Honey Syrup and Allspice Dram.
1.5 oz. Bourbon
.75 oz. 5-Spice honey syrup
.75 oz. grapefruit juice
1 whole egg
Shake and strain into glass
Garnish with angostura drops and rosemary sprig
*5-Spice Honey Syrup Recipe:
1 cup Water
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon 5-Spice
Combine ingredients on stove, heat until mixed well, allow cool to room temperature.
If the 10 to 1 FLIP sounds a little tough for you to make, visit the specialists at Hodges Bend and let them make it for you at 823 E. 3rd St., in Tulsa. Owned by John A. Gabarino III and Noah Bush, Hodges Bend is open Monday through Saturday, 8 – 2 a.m. and Sunday, 10 – 2 a.m. You can enjoy live jazz on Monday nights from 9 p.m. – midnight. For more information, visit Hodges-Bend.com.