Last year, barman-writer-spirits rep-curmudgeonly bon vivant Andrew Bohrer helped the fine folks at Rob Roy organize a cocktail advent calendar. Each new day in December brought with it a different libation, suited for cold weather.
As far as advent calendars go, this one beats the pants off the ones filled with cheap chocolate many of us had as kids. And apparently it is on its way to becoming a Rob Roy tradition. Owner Anu Apte reports that this year’s advent calendar kicked off this weekend with vin brule, a mulled red wine spiced with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and some citrus peel. An actual crock pot was involved.
Today it’s Spanish coffee—a properly made version of an oft-butchered classic. Tomorrow, a walnut old fashioned. Drinks generally ring in between $10 and $15; some are Rob Roy originals, others are from the cocktail annals. December 9 is for truffled Tom and Jerrys, something you don’t see much of these days. A good portion of these are hot drinks; look out your window and you will understand why this is a good thing.
Of course, all these drinks are just helping us count down to December 24. Last year Bohrer came in to regale drinkers with blue blazers. This year the big show is the chartreuse blazer, a version of this flaming whiskey drink, but made with…you can probably guess.
Look for each day’s drink on Rob Roy’s Facebook page, as well as Apte’s swigwell.com blog. Oh, and did I mention there is a fiscal incentive to all this seasonal drinking? The bar has actual calendars available. Earn 12 stamps (i.e. come in for the advent calender libation on 12 different days) and you'll get a $50 gift card. Come in and get your calendar stamped every day and that turns into a $100.