by Tiffany Maleshefski

This next cocktail goes out to all those steel-hearted folks who role their eyes at the very first note of "Jingle Bell Rock." Yes, all you uncompromising guys and gals who refuse to drink our egg nog, de-lint our reindeer sweaters, and go out of your way to push down the little kids at the Union Square skating rink: we love you too. And because you deserve to get schnockered like the rest of us this holiday season, we've found you a cocktail that isn't too different from your standard bar fare. Save for the cranberry part, this little gem is just like a good ol' mojito, except there's a little bit of tart (just like your heart). Who knows, after 1 or 10 of these, you might be the loudest caroler on the cable car and spending the rest of December down at the Dickens Faire. We got a muffler with your name on it.

Christmas Mojito
1 ½ oz. Flor de Canas 7 year dark rum
½ oz. simple syrup
2 oz. cranberry juice
1 fresh-squeezed lime
Handful of mint leaves
Splash of soda water

Muddle together rum, mint, lime, and simple syrup to a pint glass. Add a few non-muddled mint leaves to make it all purdy. Pour over ice and add soda. Garnish with rum-soaked cranberries.

Do: Remember that just because you hate the holidays does not make you
hipper than those that do.
Don't: Take yourself so seriously.