Let’s raise a glass! You’ve made it to the end of 2020. We are approaching a new year and I believe we deserve a toast for simply making it to this point. Why not enjoy a holiday cocktail to celebrate the end of a challenging year or toast to a new year and new energy? 

This season my beverage of choice has been anything with Bourbon. Oh! and Hot Toddy’s, I love a hot beverage in the winter. Cinnamon, Clove and Saffron are a few of my favorite spices to play with when creating holiday cocktails. Have you ever had a clove and sage Old Fashioned? It’s a simple cocktail that will have you feeling warm and sexy with every sip. 

When it comes to going out to a bar or just being out and about, most of us aren’t comfortable due to the pandemic. In addition, some of our favorite restaurants and bars have closed patio and dine-in seating. Some states are already on their second round of lockdowns. This has called many bartenders to be a little more inventive. Below is a list of Black owned businesses that have found a way to serve and connect with their community through spirit and craft. 

Tipsy Tutor is a mobile bartending company that specializes in pre-batched cocktails. She’s been in the game for 15 plus years! Tipsy Tutor has taken the term “booze” to the next level with her Boozy bags, Boozy boxes and most recent Boozy basket sets. She’s been working on something special for the holidays so stay in the know by following her on IG @the_tipsy_tutor.

RAH HACKSHAW is a local craft bartender and culture enthusiast. She has released an amazing holiday cocktail inspired by her Trinidadian heritage called Ponche Creme. I’ve tried it myself and I must say, it was hard not to consume the whole bottle in one sitting. The Ponche Creme is available for a limited time only. You can purchase a bottle by contacting her via IG @rahhackshaw.

Whiskey and Rosemary is a lifestyle brand that focuses on craft cocktails, food, events, experiences, travel and community. Myself and business partner Erika Moore are always finding new ways to connect with our community through craft cocktails and more. We’re looking forward to sharing our new signature syrups and hosting more virtual cocktail classes where we teach you and your guests how to craft your own cocktails at home! You can find us at whiskeyandrosemary.com or @whiskeyandrosemary on IG. 

Ten to One is dedicated to storytelling in celebration of the Carribean culture through their blended white and dark rum. The spiced rum aged in Bourbon American Oak casks makes for the perfect spirit to mix in a holiday cocktail using seasonal spices and herbs. You can find more information about their brand on tentoonerum.com.

IslandJon is a spirit that keeps it in the family. Founded by a Father, Levi John and his son Kevin John. IslandJon takes a unique approach in creating vodka; rooted in travel and Caribbean living, their guava infused vodka takes the win for me! Check them out at islandjon.com.

3 Parks Wine Shop is for the wine lovers. Cozy up by the fire with a glass of red from 3 Parks, a black owned neighborhood wine shop in Atlanta, Ga. Join their wine club or join a virtual wine tasting! Whether you’re studying to be a Sommelier or just need an approachable wine to have over dinner. The staff here is amiable and knowledgeable about wine from all over the world and are more than happy to assist you with all your winey needs. Visit their site for more information www.3parkswine.com

Stroll over to these black owned companies and create your favorite cocktail or mixed drink. Cheers, we all deserve a drink.