A green sprig of rosemary, a handful of red cranberries, and a bite of fresh ginger—this is how I want to decorate my tabletop this holiday season. Oh, and lots of vodka! Granada’s take on the Moscow mule is everything you’ve ever wanted in a Christmas gift, and perfect for recreating at home (especially if you have Root Elixirs’ ginger flavor on hand). Just be careful with that straw! You’ll poke your eye out.
• Granada’s Winter Mule—$12; 1126 Morro St., SLO.
The next time you want to feel totally mysterious, pay tribute to 007 by order up Bond’s signature Vesper cocktail. The drink first appeared in Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel “Casino Royale,” when Bond asked for “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet.” Extra credit if you ask your bartender to “shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.”
• Novo’s Vesper—$12; 726 Higuera St., SLO.
Hayley Thomas Cain likes her drinks shaken, not stirred. Send your best slurps to firstname.lastname@example.org.