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Spirits: Where to Get Cocktails That Are SoIn for The Holidays

STORY & PHOTOS BY ERICA RUCKER 


THE VINYL LOUNGE

353 Spring St. | Jeffersonville | Facebook.com/VinylLounge812 

The Vinyl Lounge, located above HM Franks, is one of the newest additions to the cocktail, nightlife scene in Southern Indiana. The bar features a 60’s-inspired vibe with rainbow stairs and a vinyl playlist chosen by patrons from the bar’s scores of vintage albums.

Beverage Director Chris Palmer offers three cocktails for our holiday list.

Any fan of classic rock will want to try BRANDY YOU’RE A FINE GIRL. This drink is made with brandy, luxardo, fresh lemon juice, cointreau, house-made apple-cinnamon syrup, angostura and orange bitters.

Palmer says, “This cocktail is well balanced with sweet and tart elements. It brings to mind, aspects of a toddy, but is served chilled in a Coupe glass. It’s a wonderful touch for this time of year and pairs well with a great Bing Crosby tune.”

THE VINYL WORD is a mixture of gin, green chartreuse, luxardo, fresh lime, and mint bitters. It is garnished with cherry and rosemary.

This drink according to Palmer “invokes elements of evergreen trees and should inspire anyone to seek out their beau under the mistletoe.”

Vinyl’s HOLIDAY OLD FASHIONED, which Palmer describes as a “seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail,” is the drink that “you’ll want to be sipping while the Yule Log crackles.”

It is a combination of rye, house-made apple-cinnamon simple syrup, rhubarb bitters, and flamed orange peel.

“Like your grandmother’s favorite dessert at Christmas dinner, this seasonal old fashioned is a blue ribbon winner.”

Vinyl Lounge is open 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. It’s the perfect place for a real nightcap.


MESA

216 Pearl St. | New Albany | MesaChefs.com

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The RASPBERRY BERET is a little nod to the late Prince Rogers Nelson and was created by mixologist from Indianapolis, Jessica Taylor, CSS (that’s Certified Specialist of Spirits for those of you who don’t know).

“My goal for this cocktail (and all the cocktails on the Mesa menu) was to offer something fresh, simple and replicable,” she said. “I drew inspiration from the sour family of cocktails. Sours include cocktails such as: Margarita, Sidecar, Daiquiri, Whiskey Sour.”

The Raspberry Beret blends Absolut Vodka, fresh squeezed lemon juice, Hella hibiscus, Wilks and Wilson raspberry gomme.

While technically not a holiday drink, we felt it was an important drink in the Southern Indiana spirit repertoire. The ingredients for the Raspberry Beret are sourced from all over the world but the raspberry gomme is made in Indiana.

“The Wilks and Wilson raspberry gomme is made in Indiana and contains gum arabic, real raspberry juice and organic evaporated cane. Gum arabic adds a silky texture to cocktails,” said Taylor.

Mesa is a reservation/ticket-only culinary experience. Please visit their website for the menu and chef calendar. The Raspberry Beret is always available.


RED YETI

256 Spring St. | Jeffersonville | RedYetiJeff.comscreen-shot-2017-12-05-at-4-25-58-am

Red Yeti feels they operate the smallest brewery in the world, a real microbrewery if you will. Actually, they don’t but say it feels that way. Located in historic downtown Jeffersonville, Red Yeti is a popular stop and a great place to grab a hearty meal and sample some of the best beers in the region including their own.

Red Yeti also serves a mean cocktail.

Two cocktails on their current menu stood out to us and we wanted to share.

THE FALL FASHION is an old fashioned made with clove syrup with a toasted orange peel. This drink is served on Thursdays this season.

XMAS IN THE TROPICS is a spiced rum and maple syrup sour that is shaken and served with a lemon spiral. It is served on Fridays.

Red Yeti only accepts reservations for parties of 10 or more.


THE EXCHANGE PUB AND KIT CHEN

118 W. Main St. | New Albany | ExchangeForFood.comscreen-shot-2017-12-05-at-4-25-53-am

The Exchange has created two signature holiday cocktails this season. Matt Simpson of Brand Hospitality Group works with both The Exchange and Brooklyn and the Butcher. He shares the signature drinks that will warm cold revelers this holiday season.

“The Exchange Pub + Kitchen prides itself on using fresh, seasonal ingredients for both its food and beverage recipes,” says Simpson. “For the holidays, it was important for us to be able to offer something to our guests that speaks to our vision, while at the same time, having a bit of fun with the winter seasons offerings.”

The two drinks are both new takes on classics.

The EXCHANGE EGGNOG is a blend of savory nutmeg and sharp allspice dram and Old Forester.

“These flavors balance perfectly with our signature bottle of The Exchange Old Forester Single Barrel. It’s unique, and yet familiar at the same time,” says Simpson.

The other cocktail is a hot chocolate. The MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE is a blend of smooth, rich house made hot chocolate blended with El Jimador tequila and molé bitters.

“It’s a drink that will warm up guests and make them feel nice and cozy on a cold winter day,” said Simpson.

The Exchange is a popular downtown destination. It’s best to call ahead or make a reservation through OpenTable, which can be accessed from The Exchange website.


 

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Go Ahead, Enjoy Dining Out in Southern Indiana on Thanksgiving Day

COMPILED BY ANGIE FENTON 

Want to start a new Thanksgiving tradition? Visiting from out of town during the holiday? Don’t feel like dealing with the chaos of cooking and cleaning? Thankfully, you have several locally-owned Southern Indiana options for dining out – or catering in – on Thanksgiving Day.

AMORÉ FINE IT ALIAN CUISINE 

730 Highlander Point Drive, Floyds Knobs 

812.903.0139 

Amoré will offer its full Italian menu on Nov. 23 along with other Italian Thanksgiving Day-inspired dishes beginning at 2 p.m. on the holiday. Reservations are required. Take out will not be available. Call for full details.

BRISTOL BAR & GRILLE 

700 W. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville 

812.218.1995 

Bristol Bar & Grille offers up a gorgeous view as well as a Thanksgiving Day buffet, featuring dishes from locally-sourced farming partners, with seating from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Alcoholic beverages – including Bristol’s unique wine selection hand-picked by Master Sommelier Scott Harper – will be available for purchase. The Southern Indiana favorite also offers pre-ordered catering and pick-up on Thanksgiving Eve. Prices vary and a minimum of 25 servings is required for catering orders. Call now to RSVP for Thanksgiving Day or to place a pre-order. Cost: $25.95 per adult, $7.95 for kids 4 to 11 and free for children 3 and under.

CAFÉ 157 

157 E. Main St., New Albany 

502.548.9114 

Café 157 plans to serve Thanksgiving Day from noon to 5 p.m. but advanced reservations are required. Dishes for the plated meal will include turkey or ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and two of the three following dishes: corn pudding, green beans or sweet potato casserole. Diners also get to choose from pumpkin or apple pie. The meal includes coffee, tea or water. Call to RSVP or send an email with the number in your party to innbridge@aol.com. Cost: $15 per plate plus tax and gratuity. Kids under 10 are $8.50.

DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE 

525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville 

812.288.8281 | derbydinner.com 

Once again, Derby Dinner Playhouse will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal on the holiday before guests will get to watch the performance of A Christmas Carol The Musical. The buffet features carved turkey and ham, fried fish, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, vegetable sides, a salad bar and desserts, including pumpkin, pecan and chocolate pie, as well as a sugar free option. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and the buffet will be served until 1 p.m. The show begins at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $43 per person

JOE HUBER’S FAMILY FARM & RESTAURANT

2421 Engle Road, Starlight 

812.923.5255 | joehubers.com 

Joe Huber’s serves Thanksgiving all month long in November and, once again, will offer its traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This fabulous meal was featured on Food Network and includes oven-roasted turkey, homemade dressing, real mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, corn, chicken & dumplings, dried biscuits with apple butter, country slaw, Waldorf salad, fruit cobblers with ice cream and unlimited beverages. Be sure to call ahead for reservations especially for Thanksgiving Day. Cost: $19.99 per adult, $9.99 for kids 4 to 11 and free for children under 3.

OLIVE LEAF BISTRO 

130 W. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville 

812.913.1252 | oliveleafbistro.com 

Once again, Olive Leaf Bistro will serve a delicious brunch Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dishes include pumpkin soup, mixed organic greens, roast turkey, spiral ham, sausage-apple stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry-ginger-pear chutney, and pumpkin and apple tarts. Reservations are highly recommended. Cost: $20 for adults, $10 kids 4 to 10 and free for children under 3.

RADISSON HOTEL LOUISVILLE NORTH 

505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville 

812.283.4411 

Radisson Hotel Louisville North – formerly Clarion Hotel Conference Center – serves up a traditional Thanksgiving buffet 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the holiday and has for more than 30 years. Enjoy roast turkey, smoked ham, roast beef au jus, along with seafood salad, Waldorf Salad, sage dressing, sweet potato casserole and a host of other favorites, including the delicious dessert bar. Cost: $19.95 for adults; kids 10 and under are half price; children 5 and under are free.

SAM’S FOOD & SPIRITS 

702 Highlander Point, Floyds Knobs 

812.923.2323 | samstavern.com 

No, Sam’s Food & Spirits isn’t open on Thanksgiving Day – but you can pre-order Thanksgiving dinner ahead of time and enjoy turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and other delectable offerings for pick-up on Thanksgiving Eve. Sam’s caters to parties of any size. Just be sure to call ahead. Cost: Price varies depending on party size and food.


OTHER TRIED & TRUE THANKSGIVING OPTIONS

BOB EVANS 

1101 Lewis and Clark Pkwy, Clarksville 

812.282.8299 

The Clarksville Bob Evans opens at 6 a.m. and will offer a limited menu before serving a special Thanksgiving menu 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are not needed. Cost: Prices vary.

2204 State St., New Albany 

812.948.0938 

The New Albany Bob Evans opens at 7 a.m. and will offer a limited menu before serving a special Thanksgiving menu 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations are not needed. Cost: Prices vary.

CRACKER BARREL 

350 Triangle Road. Sellersburg 

812.246.0740 

Cracker Barrel opens at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will serve breakfast and then plated Thanksgiving meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant also offers a heat & serve family meal to-go that serves up to 10 people for $99.99, which is available for pickup Nov. 21 through Nov. 23. Call for more details.

GOLDEN CORRAL 

1402 Cedar St., Clarksville 

812.258.2540 

Golden Corral serves a Thanksgiving-themed buffet on the holiday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations accepted; first-come, first seated. Dishes include turkey, ham, smoked meats, steak, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberries, green bean casserole, corn pudding, green beans corn carrots, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, bread pudding and much more. Cost: $13.99 for adults, $12.99 for seniors, $6.99 for kids 9 to 12, $5.99 for kids 4 to 8 and free for children 3 and under.