Health & Fitness

By Alexis Lardieri

The Upper East Side’s first European-style sports lounge, Bar Felice, just opened this fall directly attached to the neighborhood staple, Felice 83 Ristorante and Wine Bar. Featuring specialty Cocktails designed by mixologist, Salvatore Tafuri, Bar Felice offers New Yorkers the opportunity to enjoy a refined selection of artisanal scotch, whiskey, and exclusive European craft beer. Celebrate a taste of Bar Felice at home at your next holiday party with these holiday cocktail recipes.

Milano:
1.5 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Lime juice
1 oz L espirit de June
1 oz White Grape Juice
1.5 oz Prosecco

Roma:
2 oz Rye Whiskey
3/4 Camomille Grappa
4 dashes Orange Bitter

“Courtesy of Bartendermagazine.com and Elephantwine.com

The Holiday Spritz:
Hosting a holiday party can be really stressful. But with this deliciously simple and seriously festive variation on the classic vodka tonic, you’ve got yourself a stress-free cocktail you can serve proudly. The colors are perfect for the holidays; the flavors are crisp and refreshing, and the mint and raspberries pair nicely with the bright floral notes of LEAF Vodka Alaskan Glacial Water! It’s sure to be your go-to holiday party cocktail!

4.5 oz. tonic water
1.5 oz. LEAF Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water (Lends a pure, smooth taste with a hint of sweetness)
4 raspberries
4 or 5 mint leaves
Lime wedge to garnish

Directions:
In a festive cocktail glass, muddle the mint leaves and raspberries together. Fill the glass with ice and add LEAF Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water. Top off with tonic and garnish with more mint and a lime wedge. Serves 4-6.

The Rocking Toddy:
Nothing is more welcoming or more romantic at a holiday party then when you’ve got time alone with your loved one holding a warm, festive, winter cocktail. In this case, the cinnamon and black peppercorns infuse just enough spice to balance the flavorful apple cider, while pairing perfectly with the mineral undertones of LEAF Vodka Rocky Mountain Mineral Water. Like a delicious salted caramel, the key here is balance, and this drink nails it!

1.5 oz. LEAF Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water (Provides richness and complexity, offering a warm and savory impression)
4 cups pressed apple cider
4 oz. maple syrup
2 lemons, sliced thinly
12 cinnamon sticks
3 tbsp. black peppercorns

Directions:
In a small plastic bag, lightly crush the peppercorns with a rolling pin to release their aroma. Once crushed, in a saucepan over a medium/low flame, heat the apple cider with all of the other ingredients (except the vodka) for 20 minutes to infuse their flavors. Keep warm over low heat or in a Crock-Pot until ready to serve. To serve as a cocktail, add 5 oz. of the infused cider to 1.5 oz. of LEAF Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water and garnish with a thin slice of lemon.

Serves 4-6.

2oz. LEAFVodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water
1oz. lime juice
.75oz.honey
2 slices of red pepper
5 mint leaves

Originally published December 2013
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