Session Cocktails, an elevated yet funky Alabama drinking lounge with locations in Auburn and Tuscaloosa, is pouring out a festive holiday beverage this season. The Son of a Nutcracker was born from general manager Hyatt Webb’s desire to put a winter spin on a Gold Rush, one of his favorite summertime sips. “The maple syrup, bourbon, and applejack play really well together and give the drink a nice, refreshing spiced apple flavor that isn’t overpowering and is very easy to drink,” he says. As for the cocktail’s name, Webb confirms its origin: “I am a huge Elf fan and it remains one of my all-time favorite holiday movies, so the name was sort of a no-brainer.” An avowed maple syrup lover, Buddy the Elf would surely approve.
The Son of a Nutcracker is available at Session Cocktails’ Tuscaloosa and Auburn locations during the holidays, but you can also re-create the drink at home using the recipe below.