The Velvet Holiday Cocktail

The velvet holiday cocktail.
Photo by Mikkel Vang

Courtesy Breckenridge Distillery, Breckenridge, CO

Welcome guests with the scent of Bourbon from the world’s highest-altitude distillery warmed with Port and baking spices. They’ll know that they’re in for something special.

An Elegant Rocky Mountain Winter Feast
  • 1 bottle ruby Port
  • 1½ cups Breckenridge Bourbon
  • 8 ounces Breckenridge Bitter
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods
  • 6 cloves
  • Peel of 1 orange, plus more for garnish
  • Dried orange slices, for garnish

Combine first 7 ingredients in heavy-bottomed saucepan. Warm over low heat for approximately 30 minutes. Add orange peel, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Strain into insulated pitcher. Garnish with orange slices and peel. Serves 8.

Published on November 18, 2017
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email:

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