New Year’s entertaining is right around the corner, and last season’s punch just isn’t going to cut it. Stylish vintage barware complements an old school cocktail like nothing else, so we’re thrilled to have Thad Voegler, owner and master bartender of Bar Agricole in San Francisco, share a few good recipes for our upcoming celebrations.
Thad’s bar and restaurant is setting a new standard — showcasing impeccably made and sourced cocktails. He uses local citrus, fruits and herbs as well as spirits made by non-industrial distillers. He considers each step in creating a cocktail and as a result his drinks taste balanced and fresh, the best I’ve ever had. It’s just a little too easy to have one too many.
Photo: Courtesy of Bar Agricole
Without further ado: vintage stemware to inspire your upcoming New Year’s fête and give Thad’s cocktails a whirl (or shake, as the case may be). You won’t be disappointed.
Clockwise from left: Vintage Morgantown Art Martini Set from JollyPollyPickins; Pink Lava Glasses from beppiebags; Ice Cube Cocktail Glasses from PosyVintage; and Spruce Pine Cone Cocktail Glasses from RustBeltThreads.
1.5 oz brandy
.5 oz Jamaican rum
.75 oz milk
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon raw sugar
Shake for ten seconds without ice to emulsify. Add ice and shake hard for 30 seconds. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass or small wine glass. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.
Winter Brandy Cocktail
1.5 oz armagnac or domestic brandy
.75 Carpano Antica Vermouth
.25 oz Gran Clasico bitters
3 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Stir well with a large piece of orange zest. Strain into a small, chilled cocktail glass. Happy New Year and cheers!