Food & Drink

Cola de Mano
Serves 8

10 whole cloves
2 ½ cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup water
8 cups cold milk
2 tbsp. instant coffee granules
1/2 cup white sugar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup pisco, white rum, brandy or other lightly-flavored liquor

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1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 oz. Templeton Rye whiskey
1 oz. Remy Martin VSOP cognac
1 tsp.  Lucid absinthe
3 star anise pods

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1½ oz. El Nivel Reposado tequila
1 oz. Simply Grapefruit fresh grapefruit juice
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
½ oz. Agave nectar