At the award-winning Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, lead bartender Dave Taha has created the ultimate holiday tipple that tastes good with or without booze. "This one reminds me of Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa's," says Taha. "The fresh ginger gives it a bit of zing, and the tart cherry adds depth and balance, while the allspice and nutmeg lend their holiday spirit." Whether you decide to drink it clean or spiked, it's surely going to get you in the festive spirit.
- 1 1/2 oz Light rum (optional)
- 1/2 oz Cranberry juice
- 1/2 oz Simple syrup (2:1)
- 1/4 oz Tart cherry juice
- Grated fresh ginger
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 oz Ginger ale
- Garnish: Ground ginger
Combine all of the ingredients except for the ginger ale and nutmeg in shaker with ice and shake.
Strain into rocks glass over ice, and top with the ginger ale.
Gently stir, and garnish with ground ginger.