Even if you're not reveling in capitalistic excess tomorrow, you likely will have the day off. And so will everybody else. So, today, on Christmas Eve, get your affairs in order. Have a drink. Relax. Like this:
1. Finish your last-minute liquor shopping.
2. Stop by your local and tip your bartender
3. Stop by the druggist and pick up your medicine.
We heartily recommend The Farmacy’s pre-rolleds.
4. Get your hors d’oeuvres.
We recommend Froma.
5. Go home. Turn on stereo.
May we recommend InsideHook’s Merry Chrismix, featuring Otis Redding, The Kinks, James Brown and Dean Martin, among other cheery crooners.
6. Begin drinking in earnest.
We suggest this Bourbon Milk Punch from Julian Cox of Redbird:
2 oz. Marcona almond-infused milk* (or Silk Almond Milk with cinnamon)
1.5 oz. bourbon
.75 oz. Amaro Ciociaro
.5 oz. simple syrup
Shake with ice, strain into chilled coupe glass, shave bitter chocolate over the top.
*Almond milk: 800g Straus milk, 100g Faretti biscotti liqueur, paste from one vanilla bean and 2 grams grated cinnamon. Blend.
7. Relax with a nice, long read.
Our friends at Longreads just debuted their annual best stories of the year, including “I Smoked Pot With David Brooks,” “Who Wants to Shoot an Elephant” and TV reporter Miles O’Brien on what it’s like to lose an arm.
8. Or, hell with it, Netflix.
A reel’s worth of classic flicks are leaving Netflix at the end of the month, including Kramer vs. Kramer, The Breakfast Club, Braveheart, Gladiator and Big Trouble in Little China.