The holidays are a magical time of year. Cities comes alive with energy, friends and families get together and everywhere you look, you’ll find decorations indicative of the season. But also—and arguably more exciting—it’s a great opportunity to break out some festive cocktails. So that’s exactly what we’re doing here with a four-pack of drinks meant to spice up your holidays.
They range from the easy to the elaborate, so regardless of your bartending chops you’ll find a drink to mix up at home for you and your guests.
1.5 oz Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
1.5 oz parts coffee liqueur
.25 oz vanilla syrup *
1 oz heavy cream
Pour first three ingredients into a glass, then float cream on top and serve.
*To make vanilla syrup, mix together 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 1 part vanilla extract. Bring to a boil and cool before serving.
1 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum
1 oz Calvados
.75 oz Combier
.5 oz sweet vermouth
1 bar spoon St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir until cold, then strain over fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a long strip of orange or lemon peel.
2 oz Prairie Organic Gin
1 oz Cocchi Torino Sweet Vermouth
.5 oz St. George Spirits Spiced Pear Liqueur
.25 teaspoon Easy & Oskey Grapefruit Bitters
Dry sparkling wine
Stir gin, vermouth, pear liqueur and bitters with ice for at least 30 seconds. Strain into a Champagne flute or coupe glass, then top with 2-3 ounces of sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon peel.
2 oz Selvarey Cacao Rum
.75 oz chipotle pepper syrup*
.5 oz heavy whipping cream
1 whole egg
1 dash chili power for garnish
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake. Add ice, shake again and strain into a stemmed glass. Garnish with a dash of chili powder.
*Chipotle pepper syrup
15 medium size dried chipotle peppers
5 Cups of water
4 Cups of sugar
Boil the peppers in five cups of water, then let simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Strain out the peppers, and stir in four cups of sugar until dissolved.
Find more Cocktail inspiration over at the Cocktail Enthusiast website