Nov. 24 2010 10:19 AM

Ali Pouladin gives us his holiday cocktail recipes

Thanksgiving involves family, excessive eating and booze. I'm most excited about that last part, which is why I've wrangled up a professional mixologist to give you some tips on making a few cocktails perfect for everyone from crazy Aunt Rose to creepy Uncle Larry.

First, meet the man behind the martinis. His name is Ali Pouladin, and his cocktail cred is long and legit. Pouladin spent six years at Moondoggies in La Jolla, helped open Stingaree back in 2005 and is currently the bar manager at Side Bar.

"That's my tenure," says Pouladin, who'll be sharing his drink-making skills at a new workshop he's leading called Side Bar Mixology, a series of classes that kicks off at the bar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, and continues on Thursdays through Dec. 16 (classes are $25 or $40 for couples and include a free cocktail).

For turkey-day drinking, Pouladin recommends two simple martini recipes that don't shy away from holiday flavors:

Gingerbread Martini

1.5 oz of Belvedere vodka

1/4 oz of Goldschlager

1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

1 squirt or scoop of whipped cream Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice in a martini shaker.

Crush up graham crackers and dip the top of the martini glass into the crumbs so there's a nice graham-cracker crusted rim. Use a gingerbread man or gingerbread cookie garnish.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

1/2 oz of milk

1 scoop of pumpkin purée

1.25 oz of vanilla vodka

1/4 oz of Kahlua

1/4 oz of Baileys Irish Cream

Follow the Gingerbread Martini instructions and serve this one with a graham-cracker crusted rim, as well. If you can come up with a good garnish, go for it.


The owners of Boudoir (701 C St., Downtown) didn't want us to write too much about the new club before its official grand opening on Dec. 2. But they've been doing the whole soft-opening thing, so we thought we'd let readers know they can get a sneak peak of the venue at a Pre- Thanksgiving Day Soirée at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. DJs Cowboy Mike, Chris Cutz, beatnick and others will play.


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