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A Seat at the Bar: Four experts tell us what to sip, stir and shake in December 2017
By Glenn Bardgett, Katie Herrera and Ted and Jamie Kilgore
Posted On: 12/01/2017   

We used to avoid Crème de Noyaux due to artificial flavorings, but Tempus Fugit’s version is changing our minds. Based on a 19th-century French recipe, the liqueur is distilled with cherry and apricot pits, then steeped with bitter almonds and botanicals. Try it in a Pink Squirrel for a decadent, creamy treat. In an ice-filled shaker, combine 1½ ounces cream, 1 ounce Crème de Noyaux and 1 ounce Giffard Crème de Cacao. Shake vigorously, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top with grated nutmeg and go nuts. $46. Intoxicology, 4321 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.3088, intoxicologystl.com - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planter’s House

Everyone knows that wine beats fruitcakes, and the 2015 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious gifting red. Blended with 10-percent merlot, the big, balanced wine really is a textbook Napa cab. It’s also a rare bargain, considering it was grown in the prestigious Napa districts of Oak Knoll and Oakville during a small harvest year and aged in French oak. $36. Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.645.2050, parkerstable.com - Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunn’s

Premixed packs of beer make the best presents. During this season of giving, Sierra Nevada has you covered with a Snowpack filled with its classic pale ale, a spiced Wintertide Ale and two other knockout new seasonal releases – the smooth and juicy Holiday Haze IPA and super roasty Coffee Stout. Whether you’re looking for a beautifully balanced, aromatic IPA or rich yet nuanced coffee and chocolate notes, this holiday package of goodies will warm up any shindig. $15. Lukas Wine & Spirits, 15678 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636.227.4543, lukasliquorstl.com - Katie Herrera, Co-founder of Femme Ferment and manager at The Side Project Cellar

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