City Pulse

By Jen Wos

Let those pipers pipe, let the calling birds do their thang, and what’s a partridge doing in a pear tree anyway? No matter which holidays you celebrate, there’s no doubt that amid the wintery mess is a whole lot of hustle and bustle. Instead of curling up by the fire with some hot chocolate, why not fill up a martini glass instead? You have moved up to the grown-ups table, haven’t you?

The newest in the family, Absolut 100™, is sure to kick your drink up a notch, yet still keep it smooth going down. Just take it easy, that “100″ stands for 100 proof, and this isn’t a crime drama. It’s simply a serious drink. Whether out on the town or playing bartender at home, these recipes from Absolut™ will be sure to keep the chill out and the laughter rolling. Read on: liquid mistletoe, a ginger infusion, and a touch of the tropics await.


This spiked tea sounds like it could be the last cure for the common cold on top of being a delicious happy hour choice. The Hot NoChado combines ginger, green tea, and lemon with Absolut 100™ for a refreshing twist on a good old cup of tea.

Hot NoChado
1 part Ginger-infused ABSOLUT™ 100*
1/2 part Zen Green Tea Liqueur
3 parts hot green tea
1/2 lemon (squeezed)

Brew the tea to desired strength. Add ginger-infused ABSOLUT™ 100* and lemon juice. Serve in a stylish mug, and garnish with a lemon wedge.

*To make the ginger-infused ABSOLUT™ 100, bake half cup of ginger (wrapped in tin foil) for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow the baked ginger to soak in the vodka for at least one day.

Served this holiday season at Aspen, 30 W. 22nd Street, 212-645-5040.


Bring a summer dessert tradition to your martini glass this winter. The Key Lime Martini, with its blend of pineapple juice, Midori, lime, and graham cracker rim to boot, will put a pie in your glass and a little sunshine in the atmosphere, just don’t expect to get a dose vitamin D to come with it.

Key Lime Martini
2 parts Absolut™ Vanilla
1 part Midori
1/2 part pineapple juice
1/2 part sweet lime juice

Combine all ingredients over ice, and shake vigorously.
Strain into a graham cracker-rimmed martini glass, and garnish with a lime slice.

Served this holiday season at David Burke at Bloomingdale’s, 159 E. 59th Street, 212-705-3800.


Ah, mistletoe. It can be a blessing or a curse, depending on who’s beneath it. Save yourself the heartache and put your lips to the Absolut Blissletoe instead. It turns a screwdriver into a thing of the past, with its blue curcao twist. Plus, it’s green. How festive. I’ll take two.

Absolut Blissletoe
1 1/2 parts Absolut™ 100
1 part Orange Juice
Splash Blue Curacao

Combine first two ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Add a splash of Blue Curacao.
Garnish with an orange slice and lime peel.

Served this holiday season at Marquee New York, 298 10th Avenue, 646-473-0202.

In a Absolut world, anything’s possible. So, what’ll it be this holiday season?

Originally published December 2007
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