Indeed, “Santa Claus is coming to town.”

And as Frank Sinatra offers at Smitty’s Bar in the classic 1958 film Some Came Running: “Anyone ever tell you, whiskey’s a man’s drink?” Though men and women alike, it’s time to celebrate festively: Enter Clyde Mays Whiskey, available in Florida at all 23 Total Wine & More locations.

Clyde May, a World War II veteran returned home to Alabama to farm the land and became a legendary moonshiner. His whiskey is a true slice of Americana; it’s home-spun, with deep southern roots dating back to 1946.

“This year is especially exciting,” remarks Jay Liddell, VP, Marketing Director, Clyde Mays. Liddell adds, “We have released a small batch of Special Reserve Whiskey which approximates the original Christmas batch; it’s an exclusive product for Total Wine.”

The Special Reserve is hand-crafted, meant to be sipped and savored, though it also makes for a great artisanal cocktail with aromas of caramel, fruits, toffee, butterscotch and candied orange. The finish is smooth with notes of anise and toasted oak.

Entertain friends and family with a Red Carpet Drink, salud!

Red Carpet Drink Recipe

The Bonnie Lad
2 oz. Clyde May’s Whiskey.
0.75 oz. ginger syrup
0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
Pour whiskey over ice.
Add in the ginger syrup and fresh lemon juice. Stir well and garnish with a slice of ginger.