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Christmas Cocktail and Drink Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means presents, sweets, parties, and most importantly, holiday booze. If you’re already feeling eggnog’d out just thinking about the holidays, try one of these cocktails we’ve gathered—from hot buttery rum drinks to sparkling pomegranate spritzers. They’re just festive enough to get you into the swing of the season without being garnished with an actual candy cane.

1 1/3 oz. Tequila Don Julio 70 Crystal Añejo
2/3 oz. Italian Aperitif
1 1/3 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit Peel, for garnish
Combine Tequila Don Julio 70 Crystal Añejo, Italian Aperitif, and fresh grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
Created by mixologist Ben Scorah


Apple Pie Moscow Mule
4 oz. Apple Cider
4 oz. Apple Pie Vodka or Caramel Vodka
1 bottle Ginger Beer or Hard Apple Cider Beer
Fill 2 copper mugs with ice. In a cocktail shaker combine all but the beer. Shake it up. Fill the mugs half way. Finish with the beer until full. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices.
Created by celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, the founder and president of Elegant Affairs


Apple Pie Sangria
4 oz. sauvignon blanc
1 oz. brandy
1 oz. spiced simple syrup (2 cups apple juice, 2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
Splash of orange juice
Granny smith apple and cinnamon stick, for garnish
First, prepare the simple syrup. Combine all the listed simple syrup ingredients and bring to a simmer. Strain and cool.
Next, pour the simple syrup, brandy, and wine in an iced wine glass. Top with a splash of orange juice and garnishes. (You can also top with bubbly.)
Courtesy Tapa Toro, in Orlando, Florida


Black Pearl
1 1/2 oz. Johnnie Walker Black Label
1/2 oz. Apricot Brandy
1/4 oz. Pomegranate Sour Syrup
Ginger Ale Floater
Serve in a highball glass over ice and garnish with a cherry.
Created by and served at The Kobe Club Miami & New York


Bohemian Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
2 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
1/4 oz. Grenadine
Fill glass halfway with ice. Pour in Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth, orange juice, and cranberry juice. Pour grenadine down the inside of the glass and let settle to the bottom. Garnish with an orange slice.


Cobbler Punch
1 ½ parts Frangelico
¾ parts SKYY Vodka
¾ parts Amontillado Sherry
1 part Cold Earl Gray Tea
½ parts Lemon Juice
1 part Cold Filtered Water
1 bag of Raspberries
Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl. Stir vigorously. Add raspberries. Garnish glasses with mint.
Created by Otis Florence, notable NYC bartender


Cranberry Aperol Spritzer
2 oz. Aperol
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
4 oz. Sparkling Ice Essence Of Tangerine
Orange Peels, for garnish
Fill glass with ice. Combine aperol and cranberry juice and pour into glass, then top with Sparkling Ice Essence Of Tangerine, stirring gently. Garnish with an orange peel.
Courtesy of Sparkling Ice


Crimson Crush
1.5 oz. (BELVEDERE)RED Vodka
½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
3 spoons Pomegranate Seeds
4 chunks Pink Grapefruit
Muddle pomegranate seeds and grapefruit with the elderflower liqueur. Add Belvedere and top with crushed ice. Churn.


Grey Goose Gingerbread Martini
1.5 parts Grey Goose La Poire vodka
0.5 parts Disaronno liqueur
1.5 parts Sparkling Apple Cider
1 pinch of Pumpkin Pie Spice
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini cocktail glass.
Courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka


Holiday Berry Sangria
1 Bottle Be Mixed Cucumber Mint
4 oz. Sauvignon Blanc
6 Grapes
7 Blackberries
Splash of Soda Water
Muddle blackberries and grapes. Combine all ingredients into a glass over ice. Stir.
Courtesy of Be Mixed Cocktail Mixers


Holiday Cosmo
2 parts Absolut Elyx
1 part Triple Sec
1.5 parts Mulled Spiced Cranberry Juice*
0.5 part Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Combine ingredients together in a cocktail shaker over ice.Shake hard until ice cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a string of red currants dusted with powdered sugar.
*mulled spiced cranberry juice- There are many recipes for creating a ‘mulled’ juice or wine. Based on using a 1-liter carton of cranberry juice we suggest a combination of 1 sliced lemon and 1 sliced orange plus the zest from 2 additional fruits combined with fresh grated ginger, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon—all to your taste.
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer for around 45 minutes. Be careful not to boil. Strain and chill well before use. Store in the refrigerator and the juice will last for around 1 week. For best results prepare mulled spiced cranberry juice at least 24 hrs. in advance.
Courtesy of Absolut Elyx


Holiday Cup
2 parts Absolut Elyx
0.5 part Blackberry Liqueur
1 part Lemon Juice
6 Crushed Blackberries
6 Crushed Raspberries
Champagne, to top off with
Combine first 5 ingredients together in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake hard until ice cold. Strain into a copper cup over crushed ice and top with champagne. Garnish with a blackberry and orange twist.
Courtesy of Absolut Elyx


NAVAN Orchid Martini
1/2 oz. NAVAN Natural Vanilla Liqueur
1 oz. Belvedere Vodka
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Moët & Chandon White Star
Shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass and top with champagne.


4 oz. Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka
4 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
Splash of Lime Juice
Combine, shake, and serve.


Perrier-Jouët Fraise Sauvage
2 oz. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut
1 1Ž4 oz. Absolut Vodka
3Ž4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1Ž4 oz. Simple Syrup
1 Whole Strawberry
In a bottom of a mixing glass muddle the strawberry into a purée. Add all ingredients except Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut. Add ice, cover, and shake vigorously for 7-8 seconds. Pour Perrier Jouët Grand Brut into a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the cocktail over it. Garnish with half a strawberry.


Pomelicious Martini
1 oz. IZZE Sparkling Pomegranate
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
½ oz. Port
1 oz. Vodka
Rim martini glass in with sugar. Add all ingredients to shaker, except IZZE Sparkling Pomegranate. Shake and strain into martini glass. Top with IZZE Sparkling Pomegranate. Garnish with cranberries and orange twist.
Courtesy of IZZE Sparkling Juice


Slowpoke Rodriguez
2 Strawberries
10-12 Mint Leaves
1.5 oz. Talero Silver Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.75 oz. Monin Hibiscus Syrup
1.5 oz. Club Soda (add after shake)
Ice, crushed
Garnish: Skewed Strawberry Fan, 2 Lime Wheels, Mint Sprig
Add strawberries, 6 mint leaves, and hibiscus syrup into mixing tin. Lighting muddle to press the juice out of the berries and release fragrance from the mint. Add ice and shake vigorously. Now add 1.5 oz. club soda into mixing tin, and strain over crushed ice with 6 mint leaves on the bottom of the glass.
Courtesy of Borracha


Spicy Pear Mojito
1/4 Whole Fresh Pear, cored and chopped
6 Fresh Mint Leaves
3 Lime Wedges
1/2 oz. Monin Pineapple Chipotle Syrup
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose La Poire Vodka
1 oz. Perrier
Muddle pear, lime, and mint in shaker. Add ice, pineapple chipotle syrup, simple syrup, and Grey Goose La Poire. Shake vigorously. Strain loosely into a glass with ice. Top with Perrier. Garnish with a squeeze of lime, mint sprig, and a pear corkscrew.
Created by Commer Beverage


Tequila Hot Toddy
1/3 part Jim Beam® Honey
1/4 part Lemon Juice
1/4 part Honey
1/4 part Orange Juice
2 parts Hot Water
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Orange Peel
Boil water. Combine all other ingredients into a mug. Top with boiling water and stir. Garnish with cloves, cinnamon stick, and an orange peel.
Courtesy of Sauza 901 Tequila


The Velvet Edie
3 parts Martini & Rossi Bianco Vermouth
1 part Lemon Juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
2 Raspberries
2 Mint Leaves
Gently muddle 1 raspberry and 1 mint leaf with simple syrup in the base of a martini shaker. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake well and strain over ice. Garnish with lemon slice, raspberry, and mint leaf.


Versailles Cocktail
1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. Remy Martin XO
1 oz. Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice
Rim the glass with 24 carat gold flakes.
Courtesy of Whiskey Blue LA


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