Hearty Cocktails for the Holidays

Five drinks perfectly paired with celebratory meals

Whether you’re with loved ones or savoring time alone, the holidays are a time for comforting dishes and second servings (and gratitude). Many will crack open a beer before, during and after their meals. Some may pair wines with their plates. But for the spirits lover, the holidays offer a wealth of robust flavors to play with or play off. The following cocktails do that …

Interview: Mijenta’s Maestra Tequilera, Ana Maria Romero

The new, small-batch tequila brand has a focus on community, culture and minimal environmental impact

Helmed by Ana Maria Romero, Mijenta—a new, small-batch tequila—delivers a perfectly balanced sipping experience: clean and fresh, with a peppery finish and velvety mouthfeel. For tequila enthusiasts, experts and rookies, there’s a uniqueness and vibrancy that comes with this spirit that extends beyond the liquid itself. The name Mijenta comes from “mi gente” meaning “my people,” and it’s a sentiment that permeates the brand’s ethos. …

AVEC’s Health-Forward, Ingredient-Driven Cocktail Mixers

All-natural options that pair well with spirits, from a new Brooklyn-based brand

Mixers are made to mellow the bitterness and bite of liquor so oftentimes incorporate sugar and artificial flavoring. Even the most basic tonic water averages between 20 and 30 grams of sugar per standard (12-ounce) serve. Many pre-batched cocktail mixes are even more sugary. New Brooklyn-based brand, AVEC (French for “with”), plans to refresh the category with healthier carbonated mixers driven by premium ingredients. “The …