Host Guide: These Are The Best Holiday Cocktails To Put Cheer In Your Season
We are in full holiday mode, where tis the season for holiday parties, friends and family gatherings, and everything else in between. Surviving the holiday marathon can be quite challenging, but boozy winter drinks can help. In the spirit of giving, we wanted to share our list of holiday cocktails for the host that blends a taste of the old and new. These festive libations are feature classics like the eggnog, or hot toddy, that have been spruced up for modern tastes. Below are 15 cocktails for any holiday gathering- Whether hosting a merry houseful of guests, an intimate dinner party, or a quiet evening by the fireplace, these concoctions are the glass are tailor-made for all your winter festivities. Happy Holidays!
Laphroaig® Scotsman’s Spice
By Devon Tarby
- 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig® 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky
- 1 part Amaretto
- 3/4 part Lemon Juice
- 1/4 part Simple Syrup
- 1 Medium Egg White
- Fresh Cinnamon (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and shake first without ice to emulsify the egg white. Open tin, carefully add ice and shake hard until cold and frothy. Double strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon.
Islay Have Another
By Miguel Buencamino
- 1½ parts Laphroaig Select
- ½ part Apple Jack
- ¾ part Banana Liqueur
- ¼ part Honey Syrup
- 3 Dashes Black Walnut Bitters (optional)
- Baked Pumpkin Spice Apple Slice
Combine all ingredients except for the baked apple into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with the baked pumpkin spice apple slice, serve and enjoy!
East Indian Gimlet
- 1.5 oz Jaisalmer Gin
- 1.5 oz. lime juice
- .75oz Ginger Simple Syrup
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup chopped peeled ginger
- .25oz St. Germain
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, for garnish
Directions For Ginger Simple Syrup:
Bring sugar, ginger, and ¾ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and let sit 20 minutes. Strain into a jar, cover, and chill.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the gin, lime juice and ginger syrup. Shake until well chilled. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh rosemary.
Proper Old Fashion
Created by Nick Fogel, Beverage Director, The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer
- 2 oz. Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
- .25 oz. Guinness syrup*
- .25 oz. Amaro Nonino
- 1 dash Walnut bitters
- Garnish: Orange Twist
Directions for Guinness Demerara Syrup:
- 5 quart Guinness
- 1 quart Demerara
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of pink peppercorn
Bring the Guinness to a simmer in a saucepan and allow to reduce by approximately half. Add cinnamon and pink peppercorn. Whisk in demerara sugar. Stir and simmer for five min allowing the mixture to thicken. Stain and cool.
Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, stir to chill. Strain into a rocks glass.
Created by Sonny Verdini, Bar Manager, TRADE (Boston, MA)
- 1.5 oz. Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
- 1 cinnamon syrup
- .75 oz. house made ginger liquor
- .5oz. lemon
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and then strain mixture into a single rocks glass. Garnish with a dehydrated cinnamon sugar and lemon wheel
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A Notorious Cobbler
Created by Kevin Hooshangi & Tracey Eden of American Whiskey and Distilled NY
- 5 oz. of Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
- .75 oz. Tio Peppe Fino Sherry
- .25 Lejay Casis
- .5oz agave
- 2 lemons muddled
- Mint sprig garnish
Muddle two lemons then mix all ingredients together in a Collins glass, stir and add ice. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.
Melbourne Apple Sour
- 2 oz. Starward Two-Fold Whisky
- 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz. Egg White
- Apple Cider, to top
Combine ingredients except for the apple cider in a shaker without ice. Shake vigorously to whip up the egg whites. Then add ice and shake again until very cold. Double strain into a coupe glass and float apple cider on top.
- 1.5 oz. Gin Mare
- .5 oz. hibiscus liqueur
- .25 oz. yellow Chartreuese
- 1.5 oz. pomegranate juice
- .25 oz. vanilla syrup
- 4 raspberries
- 2 thyme leaves
Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker muddle and shake well. Then strain in a Flute glass. Garnish with Raspberry powder crusta
- 1 oz. E&J VSOP Brandy
- 1 1/4 oz. milk
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 1 egg yolk
Pour the milk, brandy, egg yolk, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a stemmed coffee mug. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg on top.
- 2 oz. E&J Vanilla Brandy
- 1 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur
Combine the brandy and hazelnut liqueur into a double old-fashioned rocks glass and stir lightly. Add ice and garnish with a bonbon.
Captain’s Sleigh Ride Cider
- 2 oz. CM Gingerbread Spiced
- 6 oz. Fresh Apple Cider
- Garnished with a cinnamon stick, fresh apple and whipped cream
Combine Captain Morgan and apple cider in small pot and heat over stove. Next, being careful not to spill or burn yourself, pour hot drink into mug and garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slice.
- 2 oz. Captain Morgan Gingerbread Spiced Rum
- 6 oz. Tea or Hot Water
- 5 oz. Honey
- Garnished with Lemon Wedge
Add Captain Morgan, honey, and hot water in small pot and heat over stove. Next, pour hot drink into mug and garnish with lemon wheel.
The Merry Captini
- 5 oz. Captain Morgan Gingerbread Spiced Rum
- 75 oz. Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
- 5 oz. Cold Brew Coffee
- 25 oz. Simple Syrup (optional)
- Garnished with Shaved Chocolate
Add all ingredients above in a cocktail shaker and pour into clear glass. Garnish with shaved chocolate.
- 1. 5oz. JAJA Blanco Tequila
- ¾ oz. pink peppercorn grenadine
- ¾ oz. lime juice
- Thin slice of habanero
- Dash of bitters
- Soda water
Include all ingredeints except for soda water into cocktail shaker. Shake vigoursly. Strain mixtue into coupe glass, and top with soda water.
- 2 oz. JAJA Añejo Tequila
- 1 oz. Orgeat
- 1/2 oz. cinnamon
- 2 oz. pear puree
- Dehydrated lemon (for Garnish)
Combine JAJA, Orgeat, cinnamon and pear puree in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and chill. Pour mixture over ice and garnish with a dehydrated lemon and cinnamon stick to swirl.
Blood Orange Spritzer
- 5 oz. JAJA Blanco Tequila
- 2 oz. Blood Orange puree
- ½ oz. fresh lime juice
- Dehydrated (or fresh!) orange slice, round for garnish
Include all ingredients except for seltzer into cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Next, strain into a coupe glass and add a splash of seltzer. Garnish with an orange slice (either dehydrated or fresh).