Add an extra serving of cheer to your holiday celebration with these seasonal sips.
4 cups pear juice or nectar
4 cups apple cider
1 cup brandy (or more, depending on your preference)
4 tbsp. orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean
4 whole cloves
4 black peppercorns
4 allspice berries
1 peeled & sliced pear, core removed (any pear will work here but consider bosc, barnet or a green Anjou)
Place all the ingredients except brandy and orange liqueur in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Let steep, off the heat, for at least 30 minutes. Strain, reheat, add brandy and liqueur then enjoy. Serves 6-8.
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2 parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 large heaping spoonful of pumpkin puree and/or pumpkin pie mix
1 tsb. dark brown sugar
A dash of vanilla extract (7 drops)
2 dashes of ground cinnamon
Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into chilled martini glasses, then top with nutmeg.
1 1/2 parts Monkey Shoulder whiskey
1 part Sweet Vermouth
1/2 part Campari
1/2 part Grenadine syrup
Top up Cold Brew Coffee tonic (Buy cold brew bottle and premium tonic bottle)
Stir it and build in highball glass with block ice. Garnish with orange or grapefruit peel.
1 can full fat coconut milk
1 cup almond milk
5 tbsp. high quality cacao powder
1-4 tbsp. raw sugar, agave or honey (depending on what type of sweetener you like, and how sweet you like it)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. of a quality peppermint extract
Optional: whipped cream and crushed candy canes for topping
Add all ingredients except peppermint extract to a saucepan over medium heat, slowly stirring till your liquid is warm. Remove from the heat and add peppermint extract, starting with a few drops, and adding more to your liking. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint and enjoy. Serves 6.
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1 1/2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
2 parts sour mix
1 part apple juice
1 part ginger syrup
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Add ingredients into mixing glass, add ice, shake, strain over ice into a rocks glass and garnish with an apple slice and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
½ cup DeKuyper Triple Sec
1 ½ cups cranberry cocktail juice
½ cup fresh lime juice
½ cup simple syrup
1 cup fresh cranberries for garnish
Sugar for rimming
Lime wheels for garnish
8 cinnamon sticks for garnish
Combine the first five ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Place lime slices and cranberries in the pitcher for added flavor. Rim glasses with sugar before serving.
Skewer fresh cranberries with a toothpick and roll in remaining sugar. Pour into glasses over ice, top with cranberry skewer and finish with a cinnamon stick.
½ tsp. green Chartreuse
2 oz. Tanqueray Gin
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
½ tsp. (2.5ml) pomegranate molasses
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Sprig of rosemary
Measure ingredients into a Collins glass and top with pellet ice. Swizzle with a long spoon to incorporate the water and mix the drink. Add a couple dashes of the Angostura bitters. Top with more crushed/pellet ice into the shape of a cone, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a few cranberries.
.5 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. Appleton Rum
.75 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. Wild Turkey rye
.5 oz. Orgeat (almond syrup)
.25 oz. East India Solera Sherry
1 tsp. cinnamon syrup
3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients and whip shake with 3 ice cubes. Pour into glass over crushed ice and garnish with a lemon wheel, mint, bitters and paper umbrella.
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2 oz. Zevia grapefruit citrus soda
1.5 oz. vodka
.5 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
3 bar spoons of pomegranate seeds
Muddle pomegranate seeds and grapefruit with the elderflower liqueur. Add vodka and Zevia grapefruit citrus. Top with crushed ice and churn.
6 oz. Patrón Añejo
2 oz. Patrón XO Café Incendio
3 cups milk
.75 circle of chocolate Abuelita
Heat milk and chocolate Abuelita in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Mix continuously with wire whisk until mixture is frothy and starts to simmer.
Remove from heat and add Patrón Añejo Tequila and Patrón XO Café Incendio to taste.
Pour into a warmed mug; float thickened cream on top and dust with fresh grated cinnamon. Serves 4.
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1 part Jägermeister
1 part 5-year-old rum
1 part Amburana Cachaca
1 part heavy cream
Build all ingredients in a shaker. Dry shake for five seconds. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain in a chilled coupe glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
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2 oz. Averna
1 oz. gin
1 tsp. honey syrup (3 parts honey to 1 part warm water; stir to combine)
12-15 dashes Angostura bitters
1 whole egg
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and shake briefly without ice to combine. Fill shaker with large, solid ice cubes to fill the tin and shake again, vigorously, for 10-15 seconds.
Strain into a snifter or small highball glass. Garnish with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.
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2 oz. elit Vodka
1 oz. hibiscus cranberry shrub*
1 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake then strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with gold flake.
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cups apple cider vinegar
3 cups sugar
1 lb. cranberries
10 grams dried Hibiscus flowers
Add sugar, water, Hibiscus and cranberries to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool and then strain through cheesecloth or fine strainer.
Add apple cider vinegar to the mixture and stir to combine.
Store in the refrigerator.
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2 oz. apple cinnamon-infused farmers gin*
.25 oz. Benedictine
.25 oz. Dolin Blanc vermouth
.5 oz. Dolin Dry vermouth
1 dash Bittermens Elemakule Tiki bitters
Stir. Coup and add lemon twist.
*Infused apple cinnamon gin
16 oz. new world gin
1 sliced red apple
4 cinnamon sticks
Infuse for six days.
1.5 oz. Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum
.5 oz. cinnamon syrup
5 oz. hot apple cider
Combine ingredients. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise.
2 parts Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila
1 part blood orange juice
1/2 part Aperol
1/2 part cranberry juice
Champagne, to fill
Cranberries, to garnish
Add all the ingredients into a shaking tin and fill with a handful of ice. Shake for 5 seconds and strain into a Collins glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with a few cranberries.
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1 1/2 parts Ménage à Trois Citrus Vodka
3/4 part lemon juice
3/4 part tart cranberry jam
In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients, shake and strain into a coupe glass and garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries.
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2 oz. vanilla vodka
1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps
3/4 oz. Sugarfina pumpkin pie caramel-infused pumpkin spice syrup
1/2 oz. egg white
Shake and strain all ingredients into martini glass. Garnish with pumpkin pie candy.
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1 part Sugar Island Coconut Rum
1 part Silver rum
1 part Irish cream
1/2 part Sherry
Nutmeg, to garnish
Combine all ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and double strain over ice in a rocks glass. Shave nutmeg over top.
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1 1/2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
1/4 part ginger liqueur
1 part Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon Liqueur
Mix all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake and strain in a tall slim glass and top with dusted cinnamon or stick. Accompany with a gingerbread man.
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¾ oz. Averna
¾ oz. aged rum
¾ simple syrup
Dash of mole bitters
1 ½ oz. cinnamon syrup whipped cream
Combine Averna, aged rum, Cognac and simple syrup in a hot toddy glass. Top with hot water. Add a dash of mole bitters. Top with cinnamon syrup whipped cream. Garnish with grated nutmeg.
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½ part Frangelico
1 part dark rum
½ part cinnamon schnapps
Splash of ginger beer
Mix Frangelico, dark rum and cinnamon schnapps in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chocolate-rimmed glass and top with a splash of ginger beer.
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½ oz. Osacalis brandy
¾ oz. vanilla syrup
1 ½ oz. whole milk
Shake and strain over ice into rocks glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.
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1 oz Jägermeister
1 oz Irish cream
1 oz butterscotch schnapps
3 dashes of cinnamon tincture
Shake Jägermeister, Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps and cinnamon tincture with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
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1.5 oz. peppermint tea infused, milk washed vodka
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
.5 oz. baking spice syrup (simple syrup steeped with clove, star anise, cinnamon)
Shake all ingredients with ice; strain into a chilled coupe.
Via milk washing: Stir slowly while adding 1.5 parts milk to one part infused vodka until the mixture curdles, then strain.
Via rapid infusion: Add two scoops of peppermint tea to iSi whipper, add 16 to 20 ounces vodka. Infuse with two N2O chargers, shake vigorously and strain.
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