Lemons Cocktail bartender Randy Zhang.
Shanghai’s holiday season is coming around once again, and with it endless rounds of turkey and tipples. While it’s always nice to feed your guests in excess, a good host knows where to show restraint, especially when it comes to the booze.
“The standard holiday cocktails are almost always too heavy and sweet,” says Alex Lessard of Lemons Cocktail, a catering service that also does bar pop-ups. “Considering the calories some of us are going to be putting down come Turkey Day, it doesn’t hurt to have some options other than the buttered-rum egg nog.”
Randy Zhang and Alex Lessard.
One way is to introduce fall flavors to summer drinks. A Daiquiri, for example, can be given some brevity with apple and cinnamon. Or a zip of spice helps to cut through heavier spirits, like ginger with bourbon.
All these drinks and more can be found in Lemons Cocktail’s latest menu, featured below. Together with their ingredients, read on to find out why Lessard thinks they should be served at your next party, then scan the QR code to have him show up and do just that.
Christmas in NY
Bourbon, lemon juice, spiced syrup, egg white, mulled wine float
“A spin one of my favorite classics The New York Sour, this spiced variant will take you for a stroll down 5th Avenue and leave you dancing in Rockefeller Plaza. Dry on the front with a smooth finish, this is a highly sessionable tipple.”
Apple Pie Daiquiri
Dark rum, homemade apple cinnamon syrup, lime juice
“Your ultimate refreshing summer cocktail mellows out for the winter with the addition of apple and cinnamon. Sour and spicy, it pairs perfectly with your party’s salty and savory appetizers to stimulate the appetite.”
Red Nosed Mule
Ginger-infused vodka, homemade cranberry syrup, lime juice, ginger beer, bitters
“Maybe Rudolph was a mule all along? Something to ponder when you drink this festive twist on the classic Moscow Mule. Cranberry adds a refreshing tartness and balances the original sweetness of the drink.”
Dark rum, French heavy cream, homemade raspberry syrup, lime juice, bitters
“Did we say no high-calorie cocktails in this menu? We lied. But it was worth it. This award-winning creation by our own Randy Zhang taunts you with rich French heavy cream while leaving you with the crisp taste of fresh raspberry.”
St. Nick’s Negroni
Spice-infused gin, sweet vermouth, Campari
“Did you know that in Italy, instead of cookies and milk, children leave Santa a glass of Negroni and a cigarette? Why else would they be gifted such beautiful clothing? But seriously, its bitter, its balanced, and it sure beats milk.”
Ginger Hot Toddy
Bourbon, honey, homemade ginger syrup, honey, lemon juice, bitters
“I have a hard time deciding if this is a just a cocktail or the long-lost cure for the common-cold. Don’t have a cold? Who cares. You are drinking bourbon and honey.”
Smoked Rum Old-Fashioned
5-year-old rum, cold brew, chocolate syrup, bitters, smoked cinnamon
“Can’t decide between a coffee or a cocktail after dinner? We got you. This perfect blend of coffee, chocolate, and cinnamon adds a level of complexity to the classic Rum Old Fashioned that somehow feels like it was meant to be there all along.”
Pumpkin Pie Moonshine Gummies
Pumpkin pie moonshine, dark rum, pumpkin puree, spice-infusion syrup
“These are alcoholic gummy bears that taste like pumpkin pie. Definitely not for children.”
Want to have Alex make these drinks at your next party? Scan the QR code below to book him now.
Lemons Cocktail is also teaming up with Home Grill to offer food and drinks at your next party. Choose between a turkey, ham, or lamb set (feeds 10 to 12) that includes dinner rolls, gravy, cranberry sauce, and two sides of your choice. Get it now by scanning the QR code below.