Drink This Now: Land of Milk & Honey at San Jose’s Mortar & Pestle

The holiday season is in full effect, and what better way to celebrate than with a festive cocktail? At Mortar & Pestle in San Jose, California, the Land of Milk & Honey is a riff on seasonal egg nog, made with ginger tea-infused vodka, orange liqueur, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, honey, and bitters.

But this creative cocktail really takes things to the next level, thanks to a blend of unexpected ingredients.

“The cocktail name, Land of Milk & Honey, is representative of a place full of comfort and luxury which I think, texturally, this cocktail delivers,” explains Nick Kosevich, Bar Consultant for Mortar & Pestle. “Because we use Greek yogurt, you get a drier finish than with heavy cream. The additional acids coming from the yogurt lend to layered flavor profiles from the other ingredients in the cocktail and creates a drink that is quite balanced.”

A happy holiday indeed.

Land of Milk & Honey recipe + preparation

  • 2 bar spoons Greek Yogurt
  • 1.5 oz Ginger Tea Infused Modest Vodka
  • .5  oz Mandarine Napoleon Orange Liqueur
  • .5 oz Lemon
  • .75 oz Honey Syrup
  • 1 Dash Bittercube Bolivar Bitters

Start with Greek yogurt and add ice; build. Short shake, strain, then mime shake. Serve in a spirit glass and garnish with a star anise pod.

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