At Ace, Randy Layman knows how to serve drinks...and ping pong.Whether it's a night at the Nutcracker
, a performance of Handel's Messiah
, or old-time caroling with friends, we all have our favorite holiday traditions. For Randy Layman, bartender at Ace,
which I review this week, Christmas Eve wouldn't be the same without the Italian cookies known as pizzelles. "Every year my grandma Patty makes pizzelle cookies for us to snack on while we wait for dinner to be ready," he shared. "My twin brother, Ryan, and I would eat our fair share and then some, stuffing ourselves before the real meal began. Thirty-two-yearsold and I still haven't learned my lesson -- Grandma Patty's pizzelles are the first thing I look for when I get to their house!"
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For a new tradition to add to your list of favorites, consider making this Christmas cocktail, poured now at Ace.
The Little Things
Recipe courtesy of Randy Layman
2 ounces Bulleit bourbon
½ ounce Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
½ ounce Benedictine
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.