ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Christmas and New Year’s Eve will look quite different this year as we are encouraged to celebrate at home with members of our household.
Sixty-Six Acres is bringing the party to your house with its holiday cocktail kits featuring products from New Mexico distilleries. It has also put together a local IPA 12-pack featuring popular IPAs from local breweries. Each are great as gifts for others or as a gift to yourself.
“One of them is the Taos Lightning brand, which is (from) KGB Spirits,” said Myra Ghattas, owner of Sixty-Six Acres. “They make these really fantastic bourbons. So we have their bourbon and their rye. Their rye is a Governor’s Reserve. And then that kit is an Aztec Manhattan with Aztec chocolate bitters and then the (Nutty) Old Fashioned with some other bitters. We include all the ingredients. So we have some Luxardo cherries and cocoa powder and everything is in the kit.”
Another choice is the Spicy Paloma and Salty Dog Spritzer cocktail kit, which contains an agave spirit and a vodka from Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery in Santa Fe. The kit also includes recipes.
“We did some housemade chile salt with the Paloma and housemade lime salt with the Salty Dog,” Ghattas said. “And we’re using some Fever Tree grapefruit sparkling mixer for the Salty Dog and for the Paloma we’re using the same great fruit spritzer and a splash of this other Fever Tree spritzer.”
The Lavender Lemon Drop and Elderflower Gin & Tonic kit has everything you need for a fresh and floral experience. A bottle of Teller Lavender Vodka from Albuquerque’s Safe House Distilling Co. is included as well as Algodones Ginebra Gin made by Algodones Distillery.
“We’re using fresh lavender and fresh lemon juice and some housemade brown sugar cubes for the sugar part of the Lemon Drop,” Ghattas said. “We have a citrus sugar that we made in house. We bottle it all. We packaged it. And then again the recipe, a strainer, so you can make it and pour it out in a glass. And then the gin and tonic is a little more mainstream. But it has these wonderful elderflower tonics. So it’s real like effervescent. The juniper and the natural botanicals really come through kind of herby.”
The idea for the holiday kits was inspired by Sixty-Six Acres’ craft cocktails. House-batched cocktails sealed in mason jars also are available for purchase. Options include the Paloma with grapefruit and agave spirit or the Roadrunner made with pomegranate and vodka.
“We have a whole section on our menu on our libations menu that is focused on New Mexico spirits,” Ghattas said. “So it’s a lot of like classic cocktails, but made with a New Mexican, locally distilled spirits so that we’re supporting, you know, other small businesses in our community.”
Locally distilled spirits are not only available in the kits and can also be purchased by the bottle. Sixty-Six Acres also has growlers available for purchase that can be filled with any of the local beers offered on tap. A selection of wines also is available for purchase. The list includes some local favorites including wines from Vara Winery & Distillery and Gruet Winery.
Sixty-Six Acres is unable to deliver or ship the cocktail kits or its other libations, but is offering curbside pickup for customers who do not want to get out of their vehicle.
Orders can be picked up at its location at 2400 12th Street NE, Building B North. The kits take about a day to prepare after they are ordered online at sixtysixacres.com. Online ordering is preferred but phone orders can also be made by calling 243-2230.