Business: Classic Cocktails with a Twist, Festival of Lights, Holidays at Baron’s Cove

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Inside the Baker House in East Hampton. Courtesy photo

Alex Kechagiadakis is many things. He is a bartender and spirits expert from Athens, Greece. He is a global ambassador for two flavored spirits from his home country, the Skinos Mastiha Spirit and Otto’s Athens Vermouth.

And he loves to travel and talk about them, exploring how culture embraces a local spirit and how spirits have evolved throughout history.

His next stop is The Baker House 1650, located at 181 Main Street in East Hampton, where he will teach a “Classic Cocktails with a Twist” mixology class on Saturday, December 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., recreating cocktails perfect for the holiday season.

They will include the Athenian Spritz and the Heritage Rumhattan — both spotlighting Otto’s Athens Vermouth — the first made with Montanaro 6 p.m. and sparkling wine served in a wine glass with a strawberry garnish, the second with Atlantico Rum Reserve and Coffee Mocca Vernelli served in a martini glass.

Skinos Mastiha Spirit shows up in the Smoked Mule — also with Gracias a dios Espadin, lemon juice, Angostura bitters and ginger beer served in a Collins glass — and Mediterranean Bliss, including Elephant Gin, Skinos Mastiha Spirit, basil leaves, lemon juice and simple syrup served in a old fashioned rocks glass.

Admission is $50. To make a night of it, a package including two tickets to the mixology class, a $50 dining voucher, a one-night stay at The Baker House 1650 and late checkout on Sunday will start at $588. For more information, call (631) 324-4081 or visit bakerhouse1650.com.

Festival of Lights Ablaze in East Hampton

There are few Jewish holidays without copious amounts of food. And Hanukkah is not one of them.

Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton has that covered, celebrating the first two nights of the Festival of Lights with a menu of a la carte specials, including a roasted pear with gorgonzola and pumpkin seed oil as an amuse-bouche, followed by a chanterelle mushroom kugel appetizer for $19, an entrée of pomegranate braised beef short rib and roasted root vegetables for $42, and cinnamon honey donuts with apple butter for dessert, for $15.

Down the road, Rowdy Hall will serve a la carte holiday specials for the first three nights of Hanukkah, in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu. Appetizers will include matzoh ball soup for $12, followed by a braised lamb shank entrée for $28, with dried apricots and maple sweet potato puree, and rounded out with coconut macaroon cake with chocolate ganache and hazelnut crumble for $12.

To contact Nick & Toni’s, located at 136 Main Street in East Hampton, call (631) 324-3550. For more information on Rowdy Hall, located at 10 Main Street in the Parrish Mews in East Hampton, call (631) 324-8555.

Holiday Happenings at Baron’s Cove 

Eat, drink and be merry with a traditional tree lighting and festive celebration on Friday, November 30, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Baron’s Cove, located at 31 West Water Street in Sag Harbor. Head to the lounge, grab a seat by the fire and listen to live music while noshing on holiday favorites paired with a specialty seasonal cocktail.

“In the spirit of giving, we ask you to bring a donation of a warm hat, gloves, scarves or socks which will be collated and donated to Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach Program on the East End,” according to a press release.

For more information, call (631) 725-2101 or visit baronscove.com.

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