Photo by Sydney Kramer

This Cocktail Was Created by America's Bartender of the Year

Alex Swerdloff

Lay down in the nonexistent snow and pour some spicy, sweet Ancho Reyes and pomace brandy all up in that.

Photo by Sydney Kramer

Photo by Sydney Kramer

There's no better way to start off your holiday season than with a Fifth Pew cocktail, created by Leyenda's Ivy Mix. Lay down in the nonexistent snow and pour some spicy, sweet Ancho Reyes and pomace brandy (made in the Bolivian Andes) all up in that.

RECIPE: Fifth Pew

Not only is Mix the protégé of cocktail titan Julie Reiner, she was named "American Bartender of the Year" at the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail's Spirited Awards.

That's pretty damn impressive for a 29-year-old, not to mention the fact that Mix even founded her own national cocktail competition for women, Speed Rack.

READ: Speed Rack Bartenders Are in a League of Their Own

Preeminent cocktail craft and accolades of its maker aside, the Fifth Pew is just a damn good cocktail featuring all the complexities of the pan-Latin palate from which Mix draws inspiration.

Cheers.