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December  2020

December 25, 2020

Straight Rye on Christmas

It’s not just Friday, it’s Christmas Day and time for the final brandivate beverage of the week for 2020. Today we are enjoying the afterglow of sharing gifts by imbibing in Whistle Pig Whiskey 10-year Straight Rye. With a nose of allspice, orange peel, char and caramel followed by tastes of vanilla, ryespice, and mint before finishing with warm butterscotch notes, we can’t think of a better way to finish the day.

For most of us, today has been a bit different than in previous years: socially distant, zoom dinners, and a little quieter due to the ongoing pandemic. As such, we invite you to raise a toast with us to the ones not as near as we’d like them to be today. Like all of you, they are loved, missed, and we can’t wait to see them in 2021.

Who and how are you toasting into the weekend? #bbotw

Straight 10 Year Rye

December 18, 2020

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Classic Hot Toddy

We are officially one week away from Christmas and the weather has finally chilled so we thought what better than a good ole Hot Toddy on this lovely Friday afternoon! Cozy up with this simple, yet delicious recipe as you get those presents wrapped.

Classic Hot Toddy Recipe 

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1.5 ounces whiskey (we've opted for Bourbon here)

  • 2 to 3 teaspoon honey, to taste

  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste

  • 1 lemon round 

  • 1 cinnamon stick

In a teapot or saucepan, bring the water to a simmer and pour into a mug or glass. Add the whiskey, honey and lemon juice. Stir until the honey has disappeared into the hot water. Garnish with a lemon round and cinnamon stick. Enjoy! 

How are you sipping your way into the weekend? #bbotw

December 11, 2020

Aged Eggnog

Aged Eggnog

It’s Friday, near quitting time, and most assuredly time for the brandivate beverage of the week! With Christmas Day just two weeks away, we are definitely going to enjoy the holiday classic which is Aged Eggnog. Before we get to the lovely libation, let’s take a minute and admire that glass! It’s the 11.5 oz ARC Nevado Denver Whiskey Glass (AD2390) from our good friends at Bel Promo. It has a thick base making it easy to grip, a very cool glass design on the bottom giving it a unique touch, and we happen to LOVE the way the decoration pops!


As for the eggnog, you simply pour it into a glass, top with freshly grated nutmeg, and enjoy. From what we understand, it is an annual tradition in the Petrie household to make this a full THREE MONTHS before Christmas. That’s right, this high-octane holiday hooch was made in September and allowed to age in his garage refrigerator. This allows the blend to mesh together making it the smoothest and tastiest eggnog in the history of all nogs! Rumor has it that he keeps at least one jar from each batch to try it a year later – brave stuff indeed.


While Bill suggests aging it for at least three months, you can really enjoy it immediately. However, if you allow it to age for at least a week, your patience will be rewarded. You can find the full recipe here: aged eggnog 


How are you nogging into the weekend? #bbotw

December 4, 2020


The Old Festivus

It’s Friday and time for a libation to be enjoyed across the nation! That’s right, it’s time for the brandivate beverage of the week! This week we are continuing our holiday tradition by sharing some of our favorite celebratory spirts, brews, and cocktails by enjoying a drink we call “The Old Festivus.” The name comes from the Festivus holiday which is celebrated annually on December 23rd and made famous by the iconic Seinfeld TV show. It is a glorious day that includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, the airing of grievances, feats of strength, and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”


As for the beverage itself, this holiday take on the old fashioned includes using Festivus infused maple syrup with spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and cloves giving the concoction a delightfully wintery taste that is sure to warm any belly. We hope you agree when we say, “it’s time for an Old Festivus for the rest of us.”


What Festivus miracle are you celebrating as you enter the weekend? #bbotw


Old Festivus – Recipe


  • ¼ oz Festivus Infused Maple Syrup

  • ½ oz simple syrup

  • 3 oz rye whiskey

  • 4 dashes Angostura biters

  • Luxardo cherry

  • Orange peel

  • Cinnamon stick


In a mixing glass, combine the Festivus infused syrup, simple syrup, rye, and Angostura bitters and fill with ice. Stir for at least 30 seconds while mentally compiling your list of grievances. Strain and pour over a large ice cube and Luxardo cherry in an old-fashioned glass. Express the orange peel over the drink, rim the glass, drop in the beverage, and place a cinnamon stick on top for garnish. As you drink, feel free to air your grievances to your family – after all, it’s Festivus!

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