Sitting down at one of Greg Seider’s New York City bars (Manhattan Cricket Club, Summit Bar) it’s hard not to quiz the bartender on the contents of each and every little bottle lined up at the bar. (This, it turns out, is not the way to make bartender friends.)
Seider is a master of bitters, syrups and infusions – most of which he concocts himself – so there are a million teeny bottles on his bars. And lucky for us, he released an entire book of recipes, Alchemy in a Glass, just this year so that aspiring bartenders can try them out at home. This outstanding collection is a fantastic resource– and would make an awfully nice holiday gift itself.
But in the spirit of creating gifts for our loved ones, we asked Seider for a few of his favorite recipes to bottle up and give away. He presented us with three different options: a bottled cocktail, a hibiscus cocktail syrup and his signature holiday bitters. Tie on a fancy little gift tag or slap on a homemade label and the holidays just got merrier.