Here are my suggestions for a uniquely Buffalo Twelve Days of Christmas, one delicious gift a day until Christmas Eve. Traditionally the 12 days of gift-giving follow Christmas, but this way you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
• Four Tom & Jerrys from Buffalo Proper
Enjoying a warm Tom & Jerry is a Western New York winter tradition at saloons like Schwabl’s and The Place (whose reopening has been pushed to January after an ownership change), which offer a cocktail reminiscent of a sweet eggnog.
Buffalo Proper has improved the sweet standard with a classic preparation honoring Jerry Thomas, the barkeep and bon vivant who made the drink popular in the late 1800s. The Proper cocktail ($10) is a hot, creamy egg batter, with a touch of star anise, cayenne and a healthy grating of nutmeg.
It’s enriched with Maison Rouge VSOP Cognac and Jamaican Appleton rum with its characteristic cane sugar “hogo” or funk. Proper's slightly sweet cocktail is a rich and balanced homage to the classic.
Info: Buffalo Proper, 333 Franklin St.; 783-8699