And To All A Good Night

Bourbon and tequila – a rather unusual combination, but one that works wonderfully, as this drink shows.

40 ml 1776 James E. Pepper bourbon
20 ml Arette Añejo tequila
20 ml Cherry Heering
2 dashes Scrappy’s orange bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters

Preparation: Stirred. Optionally sprinkle with an orange zest.

The drink was created by Tim Stookey from “The Presidio Social Club” in San Francisco. He reports: „In creating this cocktail, I wanted to use Cherry Heering since it seem Christmassy with its strong fruit and musty flavors. Then I had to lighten it and start adding spice. I like the spiciness of reposado tequila, but I still needed more, so I added Regans’ orange bitters. A dash of Angostura, and it was ready.[1]

Tim Stookey also reports: “The drink was basically a commission. At the end of Tales of the Cocktail 2008, I was sitting in Arnaud’s French 75 Bar when Karen Foley from Imbibe magazine asked me if I would like to create a drink for their holiday special. I said yes, of course. I was inspired by the ’12 Mile Limit’. This drink also features rum, rye and cognac and tastes just great. The drink should never be very sweet. That’s why I decided to use Reposado Tequila. I wanted to limit the sticky sweetness of the Cherry Heering.” He justifies the use of bourbon by saying that it was more readily available at the time. The term ‘And to All a Good Night’ refers to the famous American poem ‘A visit from St. Nicholas’, also called ‘The Night Before Christmas’, where it forms the last line: “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night“. [2] [3]

  1. The editors of the Imbibe Magazine (Hrsg.): Cocktails for the Holidays: Festive Drinks to Celebrate the Season. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 2014. Page 27.
  2. https://mixology.eu/and-to-all-a-good-night-cocktail/ Philipp Gaux: Na dann, Gute Nacht: Der „And to All a Good Night Cocktail“. 4. April 2018.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Visit_from_St._Nicholas A Visit from St. Nicholas.


2014 The editors of the Imbibe Magazine (Hrsg.): Cocktails for the Holidays. Seite 27. And To All A Good Night. 1 1/2 ounces bourbon (beispielsweise Maker’s Mark), 2 dashes of Regans’ orange bitters, 3/4 ounce reposado tequila, Dash of Angostura bitters, 3/4 ounce Cherry Heering liqueur, orange twists if desired.

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Hi, I'm Armin and in my spare time I want to promote bar culture as a blogger, freelance journalist and Bildungstrinker (you want to know what the latter is? Then check out "About us"). My focus is on researching the history of mixed drinks. If I have ever left out a source you know of, and you think it should be considered, I look forward to hearing about it from you to learn something new. English is not my first language, but I hope that the translated texts are easy to understand. If there is any incomprehensibility, please let me know so that I can improve it.

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