Spreading Holiday Cheer With Festive Cocktails

What comes to mind when thinking of the holidays? For me, it's family, snow, bright lights, food and of course, tasty beverages! These delicious cocktails are sure to warm up even the chilliest of days throughout the holiday season. This year give your friends and patrons the gift of conversation and laugher over a nice, festive beverage.

Gingerbread Cookie
Created by David J. Montgomery

2 oz. Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon
3/4 oz. Ginger and Cinnamon Simple Syrup
3/4 oz. Frangelico
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
2 dashes Orange Bitters

Shake with ice, then strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass.

Gingerbread Cookie

Fireside Flip
Created by Ron Dollete

1 1/2 oz. Cynar
1 1/2 oz. Bowmore 12 Year Old
1 Whole Egg

Combine all ingredients and shake without ice (dry shake). Then shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

Fireside Flip

Basil Hayden’s Spicy Yuletide Punch
Created by Brian Stewart, Los Angeles

1.5 oz. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 oz. DeKuyper Ginger Liqueur
3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 1/2 oz. Pear Juice
1/2 oz. Cinnamon Syrup

Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, pear juice and cinnamon syrup to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate. When ready to serve add prosecco. Serve over ice in a small glass. Serves 2.


Winter Disaronno Smash
Created by Bacardi Portfolio Mixologist Manny Hinojosa

1 oz. Disaronno
1 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
2 oz. Perfect Purée Culinary Traditions Cranberry purée
1 oz. Perfect Purée Red Raspberry purée
1 1/2 oz. lime juice
1 small sprig of mint (muddle)
Fresh raspberries (optional), for garnish

In a mixing glass, muddle mint. Add the rest of the ingredients along with ice. Shake and strain into glass over new ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Winter Disaronno

Jingle Bell Rocks
Created by Nicole Rheame of Mombo in Portsmouth, N.H., for Vermont Gold Vodka.

1 1/2 oz. Vermont Gold Vodka
3 oz. tonic water
1 oz. sparkling cider
4-5 muddled cranberries
1 sprig rosemary

In a shaker, muddle cranberries. Add ice and Vermont Gold Vodka and shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass and top with tonic water and sparkling cider. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Jinglebell Rocks

Mrs. Claus’ Wildside

1oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1oz. Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila
1oz. Pomegranate Juice
1oz. Cranberry Juice

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, shake, and strain into a lowball glass.

Mrs. Claus' Wildside

Warm Winter Berry Sangria
Created by EPIC Vodka

1, 750 ml Bottle of Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
1/2 Cup EPIC Cherry Vodka
2 Tablespoons Honey
1/2 Cup Frozen Cranberries
1/2 Cup Frozen Berry Medley (Cherries, Blueberries, Raspberries)
2 Cloves
2 Star Anise
1 Cinnamon Stick

Add all ingredients to a crock pot, stir to combine. Cover with lid, set crockpot to low and cook for four hours or set to high and cook for two hours to mull the flavors. Serve warm. Serves 6-8

Warm Winter Berry Sangria

Winter Star Nog
Created by SKYY Vodka

2 oz. SKYY Vodka

4 oz. Abuelita Hot Chocolate (prepared and cooled)
1/2 oz. Espresso
1/4 oz. Agave Syrup

1 Sage Leaf
1 Red Jalapeno
1 Green Jalapeno
White Chocolate for Garnish                              

Score the red and green jalapeno peppers. Muddle all ingredients together in a shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into a white chocolate rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with red and green chilies.

Winter Star Nogg

Midori’s Elf Kiss
Created by Midori

1.5 parts Midori Melon Liqueur
1.5 parts Sweet & Sour
1 part SKYY Infusions Citrus
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
2 1/2 inch squares of Fresh Ginger
Top with Cranberry Juice
A floater of Orange Liqueur

Fill tall glass with ice, pour Midori as the bottom layer. Muddle fresh ginger and juice of 1/2 a lemon. Add sweet & sour and SKYY Infusions Citrus. Shake with ice. Strain and pour over the bottom layer. Finally, carefully top with cranberry juice and a floater of Orange Liqueur. Garnish with candied ginger and a cranberry.

Elf Kiss

Rudolph’s Shiny Nose
Created by Pamela Wiznitzer

1 1/2 oz. Wild Turkey 81
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Lillet Blanc
2 Dashes of orange bitters
Spritz of orange blossom water
Orange twist for garnish

Fill a shaker with ice and add Wild Turkey 81, Campari and Lillet Blanc. Stir gently and add two dashes of orange bitters. Discard the ice. Spritz orange blossom water into the glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Rudolph's Shiny Nose