The Better Holiday Cocktail

The Better Holiday Cocktail

Take a break from the eggnog this year and dive into this perfect fireside drink from ONE in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It requires spraying a little verjus—the pressed juice of unripe grapes—but it’s worth it: It enlivens the rich and deep rum and Port with a subtle, mouthwatering tang.

The Levitating Monk
2 ounces Pyrat XO Reserve Rum
1 ounce Ferreira Duque de Bragança 20 Year Tawny Port
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Red verjus, poured into a spray bottle
Orange peel, for garnish
3 golden raisins, for garnish

In a mixing glass, combine the rum, Port and bitters with ice. Stir for 20 seconds.

Spray 4 spritzes of verjus into a martini glass.  Strain the rum mixture into the glass. Twist the orange peel over the drink to release its oils.

Drop the twist, along with the golden raisins, into the drink and serve.

Published on November 6, 2015
Topics: Cocktail Recipes, Holiday Cocktails
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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