By Alison Bailin Batz
Whether out on the town or hosting a soiree, multiple courses are the norm this time of year, often with an after-dinner drink selection rounding out the night. Dive into these indulgent options to either aid in digestion or simply tickle your taste buds.
Bourbon Steak at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
As a play on eggnog, the Flip Nog pairs Amaro and Frangelico, which provide herbal notes and sweetness, with a whole whipped egg, giving it a creamy texture. The drink also features cognac and spicy grated nutmeg for a kick. $14.
The Salty Caramel
The Salty Caramel combines the tantalizing flavors of vanilla, smoked sea salt and caramel thanks to Ketel One Vodka, Giffard Vanille De Madagascar, and Bailey’s Irish Cream Salted Caramel Liqueur. A dollop of caramel and half-and-half are even added for extra richness. $13. www.ocean-prime.com.
Jake’s Old Fashioned
This Old-Fashioned crafted for after-dinner enjoyment is made with Cave Creek Bourbon and vanilla-cinnamon syrup, then garnished with an orange peel and a cinnamon stick. The locally distilled straight bourbon is known for hints of vanilla and caramel on the nose and a smooth finish. $11. www.32shea.com.
LON’s at The Hermosa Inn
Cozy up to one of the nine fireplaces on-site and savor the creamy decadence of the Café Hermosa: a blend of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, Luxardo Amaretto, and the deep chocolate flavors of Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao. Roc2 Coffee is stirred in at the end, and it’s topped with cacao nibs. $12. www.hermosainn.com.
Five Diamond Manhattan
This dazzler features The Phoenician’s own hand-chosen Woodford Reserve Bourbon, floral and sweet Carpano Antica Vermouth, and Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters, which brings out the bold spiced notes of the bourbon, and there’s a tinge of sweetness from the garnishment of three Luxardo cherries. $20. www.thephoenician.com.
Featuring the classic flavors of fall – apple and spice – this cocktail is comprised of Laird’s Straight AppleJack 86 brandy and Dorda Sea Salt Caramel Liqueur, which are shaken together with ice and served up in a photo-worthy cinnamon sugar-rimmed martini glass. $10. www.grimaldispizzeria.com.
Winter’s Night Dram
Discovery Lounge at Boulders Resort & Spa
This handcrafted cocktail combines torched VSOP Cognac, aged Drambuie, and AZ Bitters Lab Mi Casa Bitters with smoked ice. It’s topped with vanilla porter and garnished with star anise. $14. www.theboulders.com.
Chocolate Martini – Oaxacan Style
R Bar at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Featuring a blend of Absolut vodkas, both vanilla and regular, this sweet treat is shaken with Dark Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and sweet cream, resulting in a martini that doubles as dessert. $12. www.camelbackinn.com.
Citizen Public House
Dance your way through this flavforul drink, which blends pork shank-washed Canadian rye whisky, Dolin dry vermouth and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur with honey syrup for slight sweetness – all served up. $13. www.citizenpublichouse.com.