18 Festive Holiday Cocktails

Spirited drinks to celebrate the season

Bourbon Cider

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Ingredients:

1 part Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
1–3 tablespoons sugar, to taste
2 dashes Angostura® Bitters
3 parts dry hard cider
Garnish: Cherry and orange peel

In a champagne glass, stir together the sugar and the bitters until the sugar dissolves. Add Maker’s Mark®. Top with cold cider. Garnish with a cherry and an orange peel.

Bourbon Milk Punch

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Ingredients:

3 parts whole milk
2 parts half-and-half
1.5 parts Jim Beam® Bourbon
1 part sifted powdered sugar
Vanilla extract
Garnish: Fresh grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick

In a pitcher, whisk together milk, half-and-half, bourbon, sugar and vanilla. Freeze until slushy and ready to serve. Stir before serving it in a chilled glass, finished with a few gratings of fresh nutmeg. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Kiss Me Cocktail

Kissmecocktail

Ingredients:

1 part Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
½ part DeKuyper® Razzmatazz®
Schnapps Liqueur
1 part passion fruit juice
Sparkling wine
Garnish: Lemon peel

Shake all but sparkling wine with ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute then top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon peel, or place a strawberry on the rim.

Merry Berry Buck

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Ingredients:

1½ parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
¾ parts lemon juice
1½ parts cranberry juice
Ginger beer
Garnish: Fresh cranberries and lemon wheel

Add Maker’s, lemon and cranberry juice to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass over ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh cranberries and lemon wheel.

Maple Old Fashioned

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Ingredients:

2 parts Knob Creek® Smoked Maple Bourbon
2–3 dashes of bitters
Small pinch of raw sugar
Splash of club soda
Garnish: Orange slice and cherry

In a rocks glass, muddle the sugar and bitters. Add ice to the glass and pour bourbon over. Top with a splash of club soda, then garnish with the cherry and orange slice.

Bourbon Eggnog

Bourboneggnog

Ingredients:

750mL Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 quart milk
1 quart heavy cream
2 dozen eggs
1½ cups sugar
Garnish: Nutmeg

Separate eggs. Beat yolks, whip in sugar and add Basil Hayden’s®. Beat whites until stiff, adding ½ cup sugar, if desired. Beat cream. Add whites, cream and milk to mixture. Add nutmeg to taste. Garnish each cup with nutmeg.

Proper Irish Coffee

PropercoffeeIngredients:

2 ounces Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
4 ounces hot coffee
¾ ounce simple syrup
2–3 ounces heavy cream
Garnish: Grating of nutmeg on top

In a shaker or jar, shake or whip heavy cream until slightly thickened (not completely stiff). In a mug, add Proper No. Twelve Whiskey, hot coffee and simple syrup.

Stir. Carefully layer on top the thickened heavy cream until it covers the drink.

Onyx Peach-loma

PeachcocktailIngredients:

2 ounces Crystal Head Onyx
½ ounce peach liqueur
½ ounce lime juice
1 ounce grapefruit juice
Club soda
Add all in ingredients in a glass over ice. Top with club soda.(Tip: No grapefruit juice? Use a grapefruit soda such as Q mixers!)

Ciderhouse Mule

CiderhousemulIngredients:

1½ ounces Ghost Tequila
1 ounce apple cider
Ginger beer
Juice of ½ a lime
Garnish: Lime wheel Apple slice

Squeeze lime juice into glass. Add 2-3 ice cubes, then pour in Ghost and apple cider, top with ginger beer to fill. Drop in apple slices and garnish with a lime wheel.

Espresso Martini

EspressomartiniIngredients:

2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1 ounce espresso liqueur
1 ounce espresso
½ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce creamer, optional
Garnish: 3 espresso beans

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with espresso beans.

Maple Old-Fashioned

Mapleoldfashioned2Ingredients:

1 ounce High West Double Rye
½ ounce High West American Prairie Bourbon
½ ounce Sapling Vermont Maple Liqueur
3 dashes angostura bitters
Garnish: Orange twist and lemon twist

Add ingredients into an old-fashioned glass, add 1×1 ice, stir in the glass. Garnish with orange and lemon twists.

Hot Buttered Rum

HotrumIngredients:

2 parts Kraken® Rum
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Dash cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
5 parts hot water

Mix butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice until blended and smooth. Add the rum and then hot water. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves.

Broken Manhattan

BrokenmanhattanIngredients:

2½ ounces Heresy Rye Whiskey
2 dashes Infuse Sassafras bitters
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Garnish: 1 amarena cherry

Fill a stirring glass with ice. Dash the bitters, add vermouth, and rye whiskey. Stir well, strain and serve up. Garnish with the cherry.

Horchata Punch

HorchataIngredients:

4 parts Jose Cuervo Traditional®
6 parts organic almond milk
1 parts agave nectar
1 parts cinnamon simple syrup
½ tablespoon almond extract
Dash of allspice
Garnish: Grated cinnamon

Combine the ingredients and serve in a chilled glass.

Snowfall Spritz

SnowfallcocktailIngredients:

1 ounce Grainger’s Deluxe Organic Vodka
1 ounce St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur
1 ounce pomegranate juice
4 ounces sparkling wine

Combine all ingredients and serve over ice in a wine glass

Peppermint Bark Martini

PeppermintbarkIngredients:

5 ounces Zorvino Vineyards Peppermint Bark Wine
3 ounces 603 Double Chocolate Vodka
2 ounces crème de cacao
Garnish: Candy canes

Shake and serve chilled. Garnish with crushed candy cane rim.

Pomeroy’s Sidecar

PomeroysIngredients:

2 ounces The Quiet Man Traditional Irish Whiskey
1 ounce pomegranate liqueur
¾ ounce orange juice
Garnish: Orange zest

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail coupe and garnish with orange zest.

New England Royale

NewenglandroyaleIngredients:

½ounce Flag Hill Cranberry Liqueur, Raspberry Liqueur, or Blueberry Liqueur
~5ounces Flag Hill Sparkling Cayuga White
Garnish: Lemon twist or cranberry spear

In a champagne flute, add ½ ounce of desired Flag Hill fruit liqueur. Top off glass with Flag Hill Sparkling Cayuga White. Add garnish if desired.

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