Bartender Ivy Mix, owner of the tequila cocktail bar Leyenda in Brooklyn, bases her take on a Bloody Maria (a Bloody Mary made with tequila instead of vodka) on the Sangrita, a traditionally tomato-based Mexican drink that often accompanies shots of tequila. Mix's version features carrot and papaya juice for a light and fruity accent, making her cocktail ideal for brunch or mid-afternoon sipping.
Brooklyn bartender Ivy Mix, the award-winning co-owner of Leyenda in Brooklyn, shared this cardamom-scented holiday punch. Layers of apple flavor, from cold-pressed juice, brandy, hard cider, and fresh apple slices, give the not-too-boozy punch an autumnal feel. Fun fact: Ivy Mix’s father, Robin Mix, is an acclaimed glass artist—his gorgeous handblown bowl (etsy.com/shop/robinmixglass) is perfect for showing off ivy’s heady cardamom-scented holiday punch.
“When I visit the West Coast, the fruit bowls are filled with blood oranges all the time,” Ivy Mix says. Because there’s a limited season for the fruit on the East Coast, she uses blood orange marmalade instead, combining it with sherry vinegar to make this cocktail. Buy a good-quality sherry vinegar; cheap ones can taste harsh. Slideshows: Vodka Cocktails
This riff on a White Russian (vodka, coffee liqueur and cream) is upgraded with dark chocolate vodka, vanilla simple syrup and fresh whipped cream. Ivy Mix prefers Alchemia chocolate vodka. Made with macerated cocoa nibs, the vodka develops a robust, dark chocolate aroma that's richer than the milk chocolate flavor of other brands. Slideshows: Reinvented Cocktail Classics