Book review: ‘Becoming Starlight’ by Sharon Prentice, PhD

becomingstarlightSharon Prentice, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and a Board-Certified Spiritual Counselor. Soon after completing her graduate studies in psychology, Dr. Prentice found the world of secular psychology lacking – her patients needed “something more.” She set out to investigate and explore alternative methods in the field of mental health that would incorporate that “something special” she believed existed in each and every individual soul. Because of her unusual experience with death, she developed an interest in death and dying and investigated and interviewed patients who were in the dying process and people who had experienced Near Death Experiences or Shared Death Experiences. Her new book “Becoming Starlight: A Shared Death Journey from Darkness to Light” is a thought-provoking book that opens the conversation regarding the afterlife, including NDEs and SDEs.

A Near Death Experience is defined as a personal experience associated with death or impending death that includes feelings of detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security and warmth, among others. A Shared Death Experience is similar, but occurs not to the person dying, but to someone who is physically well and completely unaware that a loved one is close to dying. They witness the aftermath of death via powers outside their control. The author experienced such an SDE which was tied to the passing of her husband.

“Becoming Starlight” begins with A Note from the Author and a Foreword by Dr. Raymond Moody where he explains that, aside from discussing NDE and SDE, “the book will also bring comfort to those who are feeling unrelenting grief over lost loved ones.” The Introduction serves to define what NDEs and SDEs are and how they are similar. There are fifteen chapters in all and the first few chronicle her personal life and the deep losses that brought her to the point where she was angry at God and viewed death as cold and inflexible. Chapter 11: Becoming Starlight describes her Shared Death Experience that changed her perspective on life, death and God.

In this deeply personal book, Sharon Prentice shares her long and difficult journey to find inner peace and cope with the death of her daughter and husband, all while trying to reconnect with God. Even though the subject matter may be difficult at times, including the details of her husband’s illness and deteriorating health, some readers may find solace in knowing that others, like themselves, have also experienced such hardships. The language is easy to understand and the story flows from chapter to chapter and makes it a page turner for the target audience. In this case, it is the religious community that may find themselves questioning their faith and are looking for reassurances that in the end, their faith is not in vain. Sometimes the tone is unforgiving to scientists, science and those who do not believe in the afterlife and may turn off some readers. Regardless, the highlight is definitely the author’s description of her Shared Death Experience as it comes across as a beautiful experience that surrounded her with love, hope and comfort when she needed it most. “Becoming Starlight” is recommended for readers who are genuinely interested in the afterlife and need the comforting words of someone who, despite heartbreaking losses, came out a better person.

“Becoming Starlight is….an account, my account, of a Soul’s journey that leads to an unraveling of a lifetime of beliefs about God and our very existence in this universe.”

*The author received a copy of this book for an honest review. The views and opinions expressed here belong solely to her.


Specials at neighborhood eateries to bring in the new year

The New Year’s Day Brunch at COVER 3 includes the Migas, among other delicious selections. Photo: Kirsten Kaiser, used with permission. 

Christmas has come and gone and with the new year around the corner, San Antonians are looking for things to do on New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar, Hotel Emma’s Sternewirth, The Esquire Tavern, Downstairs at The Esquire, COVER 3 and Pluckers Wing Bar have special events planned for anyone looking to celebrate in style. From parties the night before to New Year’s Day brunch, there is something for everyone. (Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar, Hotel Emma’s Sternewirth, The Esquire Tavern, Downstairs at The Esquire, COVER 3, Pluckers Wing Bar, 2018)

Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar will host a pre-fixe New Year’s Eve Dinner on Monday, December 31 from 5p.m. to 10p.m. Reservations will be required for the dinner with pricing at $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. A wine pairing option is available for an additional $35. The dinner menu will consist of five courses with options that include Dean + Peeler Beef Carpaccio with pickled cauliflower, red onion and salsa verde, Texas Citrus Salad with arugula and crispy shallots, Gulf Coast Flounder with Barton Springs Mill barely, grill kale and champagne caper butter, Chocolate Ganache Tart with Texas pecan crumble and dried cherry puree and more.

Hotel Emma’s Sternewirth will have a New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in the New Year with style. The party will kick off at 9p.m. and run until 2a.m. A classic black and white theme will be set for the night and guests are encouraged to dress accordingly. There will be a $25 cover that includes festive party favors and an evening of live Latin Jazz by Henry Brun. Guests who have booked rooms receive two complimentary admissions per room.

The Esquire Tavern & Downstairs at The Esquire will be ringing in 2019 on New Year’s Eve in style with a complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight and offering $20 off of all bottles of sparkling wine for the night, including Downstairs’ extensive grower Champagne list. Reservations are available and recommended for both venues.

COVER 3 invites patrons to celebrate the first day of 2019 with their classic brunch. From 3p.m. on Tuesday January 1, guests can enjoy select brunch items including Chilaquiles, Migas, Green Chile Beef Breakfast Enchiladas and Chicken Tinga Breakfast Enchiladas. Brunch will also feature COVER 3’s beloved U-Mix-It Bloody Mary & Bubbles Bar. The Bubbles Bar is a standalone station featuring four make-your-own mimosa options with cranberry, orange, grapefruit, peach nectar and pomegranate flavors as well as fresh fruit and juices; the Bloody Mary Bar offers a selection of mixes and condiments ranging from Applewood Smoked Bacon, House-Pickled Veggies, Jalapeños, Stuffed Olives and more.

Pluckers Wing Bar has a new way to celebrate New Year’s resolutions and is excited to announce the first ever Anti-Resolution event taking place on January 1 through January 6 at all locations. The Anti-Resolution specials include 50% off desserts and $1 addition on price for salads. The extra dollar will be donated to the Firefly Fund, a Texas nonprofit with a primary goal to finance the acceleration of research needed to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C1 (NPC1). NPC1 is a rare disease that is estimated to affect only 1 in 150,000 people. NPC1 belongs to a larger group of more than 50 disorders known as lysosomal storage disorders. Patients with the disease are unable to make functional NPC1 protein which results in cell death and leads to irreversible organ damage, including brain damage.

‘An Infinite Ache’ at the Cellar Theater

‘An Infinite Ache’ opens at the Cellar Theater on Friday December 28. Photo: Nick Barron, used with permission. 

Opening this Friday December 28 at The Public Theater’s Cellar Theater is ‘An Infinite Ache’ by David Schulner. This fresh and heartfelt play about love, time and the infinite directions in which two lives can travel plays until Sunday January 20. Tickets are available online or at the box office by calling (210) 733-7258. Prices are $30 for adults, $25 for military members with ID and seniors age 60 and older, $20 for students with ID and $15 for children under 12. Group rates are available for groups of ten or more. Additional ticket service fees may apply. There will be a post-show reception on opening night. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m. Thursday December 27 is Pay What You Can Preview Night. (Cellar Theater, 2018)

In ‘An Infinite Ache,’ Hope and Charles are a pair of lonely twenty-somethings about to end a supremely uninteresting first date. But just as they say good night, the myriad possibilities of their futures and a life shared together come rushing to meet them. From their first kiss to their first child, from a horrible tragedy to a second chance, each moment moves with breathtaking sincerity that will have audiences clinging to every word. It stars Stephanie Lim and Nich Witham and is directed by Jim Mammarella.

Cellar Theater
800 W. Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 733-7258

German Chocolate Cake Stout at Alamo Drafthouse

This year’s End Credits beer is a German Chocolate Cake Stout from Independence Brewing Co., available now through December 31. Photo: Julia Keim, used with permission. 

At the beginning of this month, Independence Brewing Co and Alamo Drafthouse announced the 2018 edition of a holiday beer that has become a seasonal favorite among Alamo Drafthouse patrons; a yearly release called End Credits. The recipe for End Credits changes with each release and this year’s version is a German Chocolate Cake Stout. There is still a chance to try this year’s End Credits, as it is available now through December 31 at all 20 Alamo Drafthouse locations in Texas and both Alamo Drafthouse locations in Denver. (Independence Brewing Co., 2018)

This year’s recipe, German Chocolate Cake Stout, was inspired by the Alamo Drafthouse staff’s collective sweet tooth. According to Independence’s head brewer, Brannon Radicke, the beer’s driving flavor is layers of chocolate and cocoa with hints of toasted coconut in the aroma and taste. The malt bill and addition of lactose gave the brew a touch of sugariness, which balanced out the mild bitterness of cocoa and hops. End Credits has an ABV of 6.5% and a medium body that is not too heavy. Radicke describes it as “more cakelike than syrupy.” A fitting description for a beer emulating a decadent dessert.

John Gross and others from the Alamo Drafthouse crew joined Radicke and his team at the Independence brewery in South Austin to help brew the beer. Together, they hand-toasted 300 pounds of raw coconut on a flat top griddle. It took five days, five hours each day. The 2018 release of End Credits is special for another reason: it will be the first-ever Independence brew to be sold in Denver, making this recipe the company’s official debut in The Centennial State. Colorado is now the third state that Independence Brewing Co. beer is sold, rounding out an already incredibly successful year for the brewery.

Independence’s End Credits German Chocolate Cake Stout is now available on draft at all 20 Alamo Drafthouse locations in Texas and at both Drafthouse locations in Denver. The seasonal brew is also available at select restaurants and bars in both states.

“This evolving series of limited-release holiday beers from Independence has become an annual end of year cinematic tradition for Alamo Drafthouse. We think highly of everything the brewery puts out and savor every drop of the limited releases while we can.”- John Gross, Alamo Drafthouse’s Director of National Beer Promotions.

Culinaria Restaurant Weeks celebrates ten years

Culinaria Restaurant Weeks celebrates ten years of culinary events. Photo: Culinaria, used with permission. 

Culinaria celebrates the best of food through events featuring gourmet creations paired with elegant wines for extravagant tastings prepared by San Antonio’s best chefs, guest chefs and global and local wineries. Culinaria was created to highlight San Antonio’s passion for food and to spotlight the city as a premiere food and wine destination. In the beginning, it was just a weekend of food and wine on the Riverwalk. Now it has expanded to include events as diverse a food competition and a barbeque extravaganza. (Culinaria, 2018)

Entering its 10th year, Culinaria Restaurant Weeks, January 21 through February 2, is back with more eateries in neighboring Boerne and New Braunfels, as well San Antonio hot spots. Participating restaurants in the Tri-County area will offer special three-course prix-fixe menus: $25 Breakfast/Brunch, $15 lunch and $35/$45 dinner. Guests can expect some restaurants to offer additional course options as well as wine, cocktail and beer pairings. This is the perfect opportunity to try out a new restaurant that has been top of mind or let it serve as the catalyst to reconnect with friends, family or co-workers.

The best advice to anyone participating in Restaurant Week is to plan. Full details on participating restaurants, including Restaurant Weeks menus can be found online. While reservations are not required, they are encouraged, as walk-in service cannot be guaranteed. Culinaria is continually expanding. Additional participating restaurants are added weekly, as well as new events throughout the year.

As a non-profit organization, Culinaria has been promoting San Antonio as a premier destination for culinary, beverage and hospitality to an international audience, while also serving as a resource for educational opportunities in those fields. Events that make up Culinaria include Restaurant Week, a 5k Wine & Beer Run, the Wine + Food Festival and the Hallowine Run as well as smaller events with several community partner events.

Most Popular Food and Wine Festival – Vanity Fair, 2011
Top 10 American Food Festivals – The Telegraph 2016
Best Food & Wine Event in Texas – Essence 2017
Best Food and Wine Festival to Visit – Readers Digest, 2018

“San Antonio is a mecca for great dining and Restaurant Weeks presents a fabulous opportunity for local residents and visitors to discover new dining hot spots. It also generates excitement for the diverse culinary scene and the variety of food options that define San Antonio and neighboring cities” Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge, president/CEO, Culinaria.

Theater review: ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’ at The Classic Theatre

Alyx Gonzales as Mary and Hunter Wulff as Arthur in ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’ now playing at The Classic Theatre.’ Photo: Siggi Ragnar, used with permission. 

Originally set to end its run this weekend, The Classic Theatre’s ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’ has been extended through December 30 due to popular demand. The San Antonio premiere of this charming sequel to Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is on the fast track to becoming the newest holiday tradition. This weekend’s show times are completely sold out and next weekend’s performances are on Friday and Saturday at 8p.m. and Sunday at 3p.m.

Merry Christmas from Mr. and Mrs. Darcy of Pemberley Estate. ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’ is set in England in 1815 where the popular ‘Pride and Prejudice’ characters return in a holiday setting. The story takes place in a large drawing room with a new German-inspired decoration called a Christmas tree and an attached library. This time, the bookish, often neglected middle sister Mary Bennet is the center of the story. Mary is an avid reader and accomplished musician and opens the play by asking through a letter whether one can live a large life in the mind while remaining alone. She comes off as humorless and preachy whose unfortunate destiny is as a spinster. That is, until fate steps in and she meets her intellectual equal in the shy, bookworm Arthur de Bourgh, who turns up unexpectantly at the estate a few days before Christmas. He has inherited the family estate following Lady Catherine’s recent death and is facing an uncertain future. Mary now has her own romantic entanglement and must learn to be the heroine of her own story if she wishes to have someone with whom to share her life.

Mary is the stereotypical middle child, the neglected sibling who in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ receives no more than a few mentions. This time around, she is the star of ‘Miss Bennet’ and the unlikely heroine in a geek’s love story. It has the same social rituals that Jane Austen fans know and love as well as the pomposity of social classes and the humor that crosses all barriers. While those familiar with the novels and the characters’ backstory will no doubt enjoy this classic, new-comers will have no problem getting into the plot. The Bingleys and Darcys already have their happily ever after and this is Mary’s time to shine. Since the social interactions between the genders and society’s expectations are timeless and relevant in any time period,  the time period is mostly irrelevant. Alyx Gonzales perfectly conveys Mary’s frustrations and is brilliantly paired with Hunter Wulff who brings the nerdy and socially awkward Arthur to life. Wonderful performances all around. The period costumes are gorgeous and the holiday setting gives ‘Miss Bennet’ a warm, inviting feel and that makes this a must-see show to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Tickets for ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at the Majestic Theatre now on sale

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ will be playing at the Majestic Theatre in June and tickets are now on sale.

‘The Play That Goes Wrong,’ the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, will make its San Antonio debut as part of the North Park Lexus 2018-2019 Broadway in San Antonio season at the Majestic Theatre, Tuesday June 18 through Sunday June 23, 2019. Tickets are now on sale starting at $30 and are available through Ticketmaster online, by calling (800) 982-2787 or by visiting the Majestic Box Office. The Majestic Box Office does not accept single ticket orders over the phone; all ticket sales must be made in person. Majestic Box Office hours are 10a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling (210) 226-5967. Performance times are 7:30p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 8p.m. on Friday; 2p.m. and 8p.m., Saturday and 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. on Sunday. (Broadway in San Antonio, 2018)

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. The play is a riotous comedy about the theatre and introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery but, as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call. It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance and has gone on to play to an audience of over 2 million people around the world. ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is directed by Mark Bell, featuring set design by Nigel Hook, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, sound design by Andy Johnson and costume design by Roberto Surace. Entertainment Weekly calls The Play That Goes Wrong “Hilarious! Non-stop pandemonium.” The Huffington Post calls it “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen!” And the New York Post says it’s “Broadway’s funniest and longest-running play! Nothing is as fall down funny. GO.”

Majestic Theatre
224 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 226-5700

Pluckers to host holiday lunch for Boysville

Pluckers is hosting a holiday lunch this Saturday for families of Boysville. Photo: Pluckers, used with permission. 

In the spirit of the holiday season, local businesses often give back to the community by hosting events, volunteering and giving out gifts. Pluckers Wing Bar is excited to announce that they will spread holiday cheer by providing lunch for families from Boysville at the Pluckers Selma location on Saturday, December 22 at 12p.m. This year, employees from the Selma, San Marcos and Oak Hill locations will donate holiday gifts for children who attend the holiday lunch. (Pluckers Wing Bar, 2018)

Boysville is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide a safe family environment for children in need by offering food, shelter, clothing, medical services and education services. Boysville is able to provide the basic necessities needed to make the child feel safe and comfortable and teach them to become an active part of society.

Owners Mark Greenberg, Dave Paul, and Sean Greenberg, 2017 Ernst and Young Central Texas Entrepreneurs of the Year, opened their first Pluckers restaurant in Austin in 1995. Pluckers is known for its famous wings served with a choice of more than 20 homemade sauces. It has the perfect combination of homemade food and atmosphere for sports fans to keep up with their favorite sports teams and games. Offering guests a fun, laid-back atmosphere where friends, family, and co-workers can enjoy a great meal and watch sports, Pluckers has been named in USA Today’s “Top Ten Wing Restaurants” and ESPN’s “Top 5 Sports Bar in North America,” along with being named one of “Austin’s Best Places to Work” in 2017 and 2018 by the Austin Business Journal and Dallas Observer’s “Best Sports Bar.”

Pluckers San Antonio
14881 Interstate 35 N
Selma, TX 78154

Theater review: ‘Annie’ at the Woodlawn Theatre

Maya Abelow, Roy Bumgarner and Alex Phillips in the Woodlawn Theatre’s production of ‘Annie.’ Photo: Woodlawn Theatre, used with permission. 

After a successful run at the Woodlawn Theatre, this is the final weekend to catch ‘Annie,’ the family friendly musical about the spunky little orphan Annie who must endure life at an orphanage headed by the despicable Miss Hannigan. The final three performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are sold out; however, there will be Balcony seats available for Saturday and Sunday shows only and guests may purchase those tickets in person, first come, first served, one hour prior to showtime at the box office.

After the Overture, ‘Annie’ begins at the Municipal Girls Orphanage in 1933 where eleven-year-old Annie calms the youngest girl Molly after she awakens from a nightmare “Maybe.” Annie makes an unsuccessful escape attempt to try and find her parents and after being caught by Miss Hannigan, the girls are forced to clean up before their day of sweatshop duties begins “Hard Knock Life.” Later in the day, as Miss Hannigan flirts with Mr. Bundles the laundry man, Annie climbs into the laundry basket and escapes the orphanage. Now out on the streets, she runs into a friendly stray dog and comforts him by telling him of better days to come “Tomorrow.” She is eventually caught and sent back to the orphanage where Grace Farrel, assistant to the billionaire Oliver Warbucks, picks her to spend the Christmas holiday at this mansion. After she wins the hearts of everyone at the mansion, she finds a new home alongside the loveable mutt Sandy once it is revealed that her parents died when she was a baby “A New Deal for Christmas.”

Last Saturday’s performance played to an eager and packed house as fans of all ages came to see the musical about a spunky and optimistic orphan Annie whose life changes in ways she never dreamed possible. During this run, Maya Abelow and Alex Phillips took turns playing the title role and this time it was Alex Phillips’ turn at the spotlight and she did not disappoint. From the first notes of “Maybe” the orphans take center stage and all eyes are on them as they perform the audience favorite “Hard Knock Life.” Alex is a darling as Annie and her rendition of “Tomorrow” brought thunderous applause from the audience. Show highlights include “Little Girls” by Miss Hannigan and “Easy Street” by Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily. Melissa Gonzalez’ comical portrayal of Miss Hannigan is spot on and Jake the dog steals the scenes as Sandy. Alex Phillips and Roy Bumgarner as Oliver Warbucks have excellent on-screen chemistry and bring the story of Annie brilliantly to life. ‘Annie’ is a timeless story filled with humor, heart and catchy tunes that will resonate in the hearts and minds of audience members long after the show is over. It is a must-see holiday tradition the entire family can enjoy.

Christmas specials in San Antonio

Bakery Lorraine has gingerbread macarons available. Photo: Bakery Lorraine, used with permission. 

Area restaurants and bars are having Christmas specials to make the season merrier. More details are available online. (Meadow Neighborhood Eatery + Bar, Bakery Lorraine, Krause’s Café, Supper at Hotel Emma, Esquire Tavern, 2018)

This Sunday December 23 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. is the final Santa Brunch. It will feature holiday cocktails including hot toddies, bourbon eggnog, peppermint Irish coffee and cranberry mimosas that pair perfectly with brunch staples at Meadow. Parents can enjoy brunch while the kids enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus for pictures. There will also be sugar cookies for the kids to decorate while they wait. All images will be sent by email and can be used for holiday cards, printing and more. Images with Santa are free with a brunch reservation.

Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar will host a pre-fixe Christmas Eve Dinner on Monday, December 24 from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Reservations will be required for Christmas Eve Dinner with pricing at $39 per person plus tax and gratuity. The dinner menu will have several options that include Fried Chicken with braised greens, chow chow and hot sauce honey, Striped Bass with hoppin’ John, grilled bok choy and radish, Eight Layer Chocolate Cake with candied orange and Montenegro and more. There will also be a children’s menu available.

Meadow will have a full Christmas meal available for order. The meal feeds 10 people for $135 and includes a honey baked ham dinner, roasted Brussel sprouts with dried cherries and pecans, mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables, Texas mushroom gratin and Bread Box dinner rolls. Orders can be placed now until Thursday, December 20. Pick up will be Monday, December 24. Meadow will be closed on Christmas Day.

Will have pies, Buche de Noels and limited-edition holiday-themed macaron boxes available for order at all of their locations across the city and in Austin. Inside the Buche de Noels are a vanilla mousse, cherry compote and a chocolate sponge soaked with kirsch syrup. This is by special order only for $45 and are now available for pickup. The pies will be $26 each and customers are able to place orders now through Thursday, December 20. Pick up day will be Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve. There will be additional pies for sale that Wednesday on a first come first serve basis. Bakery Lorraine will also have newly released, house-made jams that make excellent stocking stuffers. They are priced at $6 each and flavors include Raspberry Hibiscus and Spiced Mango and Guava.

Jolly ‘Krause Klaus’ will visit Krause’s Café throughout the month of December and prices for getting a picture taken with Santa are $10 and $5 for reprints. Bring the family and enjoy a German platter while getting Christmas photos done. Families can enjoy a taste of Germany with the Munich Platter which features pork belly, pork shank, chicken schnitzel, assorted sausages, sauerkraut, red cabbage and dunkel reduction (serves up to six, $70). For a German-Texan twist, groups can try the Solms Platter of grilled quail, tenderloin skewers, kartoffel poppers, assorted sausages, barbecue shrimp and brussels sprouts (serves up to six, $85). Krause’s Café also recently launched hot winter drinks for adults including a Hot Toddy, German Glühwein (mulled wine), Salted Caramel and Cream, Spiked Hot Chocolate and more. Homemade hot chocolate for the children is now available too.

Will host a Christmas Eve dinner featuring a whole bronzino special, available from 5p.m. to 10p.m. Chef John Brand has curated an exclusive menu that highlights the silver-skinned, European fish. Holiday inspired sides will accompany the Bronzino, creating a unique Christmas Eve dish.

Guests can experience a very traditional Egg Nog whipped up by the folks behind The Esquire in San Antonio based upon a recipe which dates to the 1700s. It was common to prepare Egg Nog well in advance of consumption of holiday libations and this year’s Egg Nog was made in November. Esquire’s Egg Nog will have rested for a little over a month developing complexity before guests can get their hands on it, beginning on December 18 while supplies last and available at both The Esquire Tavern and Downstairs at The Esquire. This classic Egg Nog uses Paul Beau VS Cognac, Four Roses Bourbon, El Dorado Demerara Rum, milk, cream, sugar and eggs and it is spiced with cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg.

Esquire Tavern’s cocktail menu features other festive cocktail choices like a traditional Hot Toddy. A staple for cold weather and the holidays, Esquire’s Hot Toddy is $9; cozy up with the spirit of choice: apple brandy, bourbon whiskey, or esquire rum blend no. 9 with honey, lemon, allspice; served warm.