1. The Winter Waltz by Chris Hannah, French 75, New Orleans
“‘The Christmas Waltz,’ by Frank Sinatra, is and has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs,” says Chris Hannah of legendary NOLA cocktail bar, French 75. “So when the flavors came together when attempting this seasonal take on a Sazerac, I decided to call it the Winter Waltz.”
2 oz rye whiskey
½ oz amaro (full bodied amaro such as Ramazotti Averna or Angostura)
¼ oz allspice dram (St. Elizabeth's and Bitter Truth make allspice dram)
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Star anise for garnish
Instructions: In a cocktail shaker add the whiskey, amaro, allspice and bitters and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with star anise.