8 Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Stir Up


The holidays are officially here! While movies, music, and plenty of TV specials have done much to bring up the spirit of the season, there still might be many a Scrooge that still say, “Bah, humbug!” Regardless of who that may be in your brood, you can offer them a cup of cheer filled with any of these delightful drinks. Don't be surprised to find your company singing carols later in the evening. Happy Holidays!

Molinari After Eight

1 oz. Molinari Sambuca Extra
1 oz. White Crème de menthe
1 oz. Cream or half and half

Rim a martini glass with regular sugar or green crystal sprinkles. Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice, shake for 20 seconds and pour into a martini glass. Sprinkle a dash of ground coffee on top with a mint and a small candy cane.

Fresca Frambuesa

1 oz. Cuca Fresca Prata
1 oz. Raspberry puree or three muddled raspberries
½ oz. Lemon Juice
½ oz. Simple syrup
3 oz. Champagne

In a mixing glass, muddle raspberries, unless using the raspberry puree, add the rest of the ingredients over ice and lightly combine with a bar spoon. Julep strain into a champagne flute and garnish with a lemon twist.

Wild Winter Spice by Leann Berry

1 ½ oz. Pucker Vodka Sour Apple Sass
½ oz. Liquor 43
5 Cinnamon Candies
2 oz. Soda

Add vodka, lquor, and candies into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Add soda to the mixture and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookie

¾ oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
¾ oz. Godiva Liqueur
1 ½ oz. Cream

Rim martini glass with chocolate syrup and crushed candy canes. Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into the martini glass.

Grown Up Chili Hot Chocolate

2 to 3 oz. of JDK & Sons Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur
Hot Chocolate

Pour liqueur in a warmed coffee mug and add hot chocolate to taste. Top with whipped cream.

Elf Kiss

1 ½ oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
1 ½ oz. Sweet & Sour
1 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus
Juice of ½ a lemon
2 ½ inch squares of Fresh Ginger
Cranberry Juice
Orang Liqueur

Fill tall glass with ice, pour Midori as the bottom layer. Muddle fresh ginger and lemon juice. Add sweet & sour and SKYY infusions citrus and shake with ice, strain and pour of the bottom layer. Finally carefully top with cranberry juice and a floater of orange liqueur. Garnish with candied ginger and a cranberry.

Hot Caramel Buttered Rum

3 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo Rum
1 oz. Van Gough Dutch Caramel Vodka
¼ stick Unsalted Butter, softened
2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
2 tbsp. Honey
1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
½ tsp. Ground cloves
½ tsp. Nutmeg
Cinnamon stick

Combine all ingredients, save for the rum and vodka in a hot drinking cup or mug and mix together. Add the rum and vodka and pour in 1 cup of hot water or more for personal taste and stir vigorously until the mixture has dissolved.

Golden Chai Eggnog by James Labe

1 ½ oz. Prepared Numi Golden Chai Tea
1 ½ oz. Brandy
3 oz. Milk
1 tsp. Sugar
1 Egg Yolk

Steep tea at 4X strength for 2 minutes then remove tea bag, stir in sugar, and chill liquid for later use. Pour liquid ingredients and egg yolk in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass. Add a dash of ground nutmeg to garnish.