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For the past month, the San Francisco office has been working with Adopt a Family as part of our annual winter corporate social responsibility event. Adopt a Family is a non-profit organization that pairs families in need with donors (like us!) and the donors follow a wishlist and shop for holiday gifts for the families.
We received two families to support so we split the West Coast team (this included everyone in LA and our gals currently working in NY) up. We arranged as a little friendly competition and the teams signed up for items and shopped. Earlier this week, we gathered all of the gifts in San Fran and spent much of the day gift wrapping and getting everything ready to hand over to these amazing families. Take a look!
The holiday season is upon us. However you celebrate, it’s an exciting and crazy time of year – the lights, the gifts, the time with friends and family. The shopping, the wrapping, the cooking. Fighting for a parking space, elbowing for an XBox and clamoring for an aisle seat. Rudolph marathons, office parties, tinsel everywhere, Christmas Carols, the Elf on a Shelf OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON NEW YEAR’S EVE?
Woah, I’m thirsty. Are you thirsty?
Nothing will put you in the holiday spirit like a signature seasonal cocktail in front of the fireplace. Heck, if you don’t have a fireplace, turn on the Yule Log channel (it’s a real thing) and your space heater and grab a blanket and a buddy.
To help, here’s a few drink ideas from our friends at Diageo for the #12DaysofCocktails. And to help guarantee your name will be on the “nice” list after that fit you threw over the aisle seat, you might consider leaving one of these for Santa instead of those milk and cookies.
Johnnie Walker Gilded Punch
1 1/2 ounces Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve™
¼ ounce Dolin Blanc Vermouth
¼ ounce Simple Syrup
½ ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 ounce Brut Champagne
Combine all ingredients except the champagne, in a mixing tin. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with a wide lemon twist. (Recipe courtesy of Andy Seymour for Johnnie Walker)
Zacapa Solera Hot Cocoa
1 1/4 ounces Zacapa Rum 23
1/2 ounce Pedro Ximenez Sherry
5 ounces Hot Cocoa
Grated Cinnamon and Cracked Pink Peppercorn for Garnish
Combine rum, sherry and hot cocoa into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour contents into glass mug. Garnish with grated cinnamon and pink peppercorn. (Recipe by Lynnette Marrero for Zacapa)
Build by pouring tequila and lemon juice over fresh ice in a collins glass. Top with equal parts spiced cider and ginger beer. Top with a dash of apple bitters. Garnish with candied ginger. (Recipe courtesy of Marshall Altier for Don Julio)
Ketel One Ernesto’s Way
1 ½ ounces Ketel One® Vodka
½ ounce Fresh Lime Juice
¼ ounce Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Absinthe
2 ounces Grapefruit Soda
Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a mint sprig. (Recipe by Michael Martensen for Ketel One)
Don Julio Sage & Fig Smash
1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Reposado
5 Lemon Wedges
1/2 ounce Grenadine
2 slices Mission Fig
2 whole Star Anise
4-5 Sage Leaves
Muddle lemon wedges and star anise with grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, sage sprig and 1 slice fig to the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with fig slice, star anise and sage sprig. (Recipe courtesy of Marshall Altier for Don Julio)
Don Julio Siesta
1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1/4 ounce Campari
3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
1/2 ounce Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit Peel for Garnish
Combine tequila, Campari, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a coupe glass. Garnish with a long peel of grapefruit. (Recipe courtesy of Marshall Altier for Don Julio)
Zacapa Vines & Fallen Leaves (Punch – serves 30)
4 cups Zacapa Rum
1/4 cup Orange Liqueur
1 cup Riesling Sparkling Wine, chilled
1 cup Sparkling Water, chilled
1/4 cup Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
Fresh Sage and Cinnamon for Garnish
Combine lemon juice and pumpkin spice syrup into large punch bowl or pitcher and stir. Add in rum, orange liqueur, Riesling and sparkling water and stir gently until blended. Add Ice. Strain into punch glasses. Garnish with fresh sage and cinnamon. (Recipe by Lynnette Marrero for Zacapa)
Captain Morgan Snow Storm
1¼ ounces Captain Morgan White Rum
1 ounce Rumchata
¼ ounce Rumpleminz
Fill shaker with ice. Combine ingredients, shake and pour into a glass. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. (Recipe courtesy of Captain Morgan)
Tanqueray Gin Flip
1 ¼ ounces Tanqueray® London Dry
½ ounce almond syrup
½ ounce heavy cream
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into a coupe glass. Garnish with star anise. (Recipe courtesy of Tanqueray)
MKTGers, it’s holiday season at last, and for those of us in the UK office, that means terrific confusion on holiday traditions and vocabulary. To help alleviate the anxiety, below is glossary of holiday terms in common use over here in the British Isles. Brilliant.
1. Christmas “Sweater” vs Christmas “Jumper“: They both look equally tacky at Christmas parties, they’re just called something different on opposite sides of the pond. Likewise, you can jump in a jumper as easily as you can sweat in a sweater. Again, brilliant.
2. Cheers: While Americans serve eggnog, an odd concoction of milk, sugar, eggs and brandy, during the holidays, the Brits have their own weird festive drink: the Wassail (from the phrase meaning “good health” in Old English), which consists of hot mulled cider or wine. The common denominator in all of this is, of course…booze. Cheers indeed.
3. Christmas Crackers: We implore you, please do not eat a Christmas cracker, even if it does kind of look like a wrapped candy. A Christmas cracker is actually a gift tube that hold treats, bad jokes and paper crowns. The highly competitive moment when all family members converge to pull apart their crackers with a pop is the stuff of family legend across Britain. Word of advice, though: don’t try opening one on an airplane. Trust me on this point.
5. Black Friday vs Boxing Day: The biggest shopping day of the year has different names on either side of the pond. In the US it’s called Black Friday and happens the day after Thanksgiving. The British call their day Boxing Day, but it happens the day after Christmas and isn’t nearly as scary.