These four cocktails, invented by local bartenders, are meant to tide over New Orleanians during cooler months, and all are fairly simple to make. Of course, if the recipe is too daunting, you can always visit the bartender and have it done for you.

Winter Nuremberg Punch

Staff, Bellocq

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1-1/2 oz. spiced rum

1/2 oz. ginger beer

1 oz. orange juice

3 oz. hot water

1/4 oz. honey syrup*

Orange twist for garnish

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a teacup or mug. Stir to combine and garnish with orange twist.

*Honey syrup

Ingredients:

1 cup local honey

1/2 cup water

Instructions:

Combine honey and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer, stirring until honey is completely dissolved. Cool, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.


No Fun

Darrin Ylisto, Sylvain

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1-1/2 oz. bourbon

1/2 oz. green Chartreuse

1/2 oz. strawberry balsamic shrubb

1/2 oz. lemon juice

Instructions:

Shake all ingredients and double strain into glass.


Apple Pickin' Punch

Abigail Gullo, SoBou

Serves: 15-20

Ingredients:

8 cups apple cider

3 cans (about 750 ml) of dry hard cider (such as Crispin)

1 750 ml bottle of ginger beer (such as Gingeroo)

1 750 ml bottle rye whiskey (such as Willett or Bulleit)

4 oz. lemon juice

Several dashes orange bitters

1 orange sliced into rounds

Apples sliced into stars for garnish

Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Star anise for garnish

Instructions:

Combine the ciders, ginger beer, whiskey, lemon juice and bitters in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Stir to combine. Top with orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Ladle into ice-filled punch glasses.


For The Trees

T. Cole Newton, Twelve Mile Limit

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1 oz. Liqueur de Sapins

3/4 oz. honey syrup*

3/4 oz. lime juice

2 1/2 oz. hot water

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Lime twist for garnish

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a teacup or mug. Stir to combine and garnish with lime twist.

*Recipe for Honey Syrup on p. 11.