Last Minute Cocktails

The doorbell suddenly rings. Who could it be? It’s your relatives stopping by to deliver their gifts in person. The holidays may be the season of giving but it’s also the season of unexpected guests. (And, we’re not talking about Santa.) To help you avoid a last-minute scramble, we asked master mixologist Julie Reiner, co-owner of New York City bars Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge, for emergency cocktail recipes that can be made quickly from ingredients you probably already own. (The drinks can also be made with a variety of spirits.) Keep them close at hand, since who knows who will turn up next?



House-made Clover Club

Contributed by: Julie Reiner



Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. This recipe can be made with vodka or tequila instead of gin. You can also substitute different types of jam.


Hot Buttered Rum

Contributed by: Julie Reiner


  • 1 Stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups Light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • .5 tsp Ground nutmeg (fresh if possible)
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch ground allspice (optional)
  • Pinch salt
  • 2.5 oz Rum (Bacardi 8-Year-Old, Barbancourt 8-Year-Old or Gosling’s Black Seal)
  • Hot water
  • Glass: Mug


In a bowl cream together the butter with all the other ingredients except the rum and hot water. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into a mug. Add 2.5 ounces of rum and fill it up with hot water. Stir until the butter is dissolved. The recipe also works with cognac or Irish whiskey instead of rum.

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  1 Comment.


  • Terry B. posted 8 years ago

    Yeah,I've been there!Somebody shows up,and,doesn't bring anything to drink!So,as a good host,they drink what I've got.Lucky them!!!The cabinet is NEVER EMPTY!!!Make your choice,Whiskey,Scotch,Wine,Vodka,Sherry,and,don't forget the Premium Beers.Just drink resposibly is all I ask my friends,because I want to see them again.HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY.

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