Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Here are some awesome cocktail recipes to help heighten your holiday cheer.


Reyka’s Winter Solstice

1½ parts Reyka Vodka

½ part fresh lemon juice

¼ part simple syrup

2 parts sparkling wine

Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker except champagne. Shake, serve in a coupe, top with sparking wine and garnish with a lemon twist.

sailor-jerrysSailor Jerry’s Ginger Punch

1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

¼ part fresh lemon juice

¼ part homemade ginger syrup

3 parts black tea

Add Sailor Jerry, lemon juice and ginger syrup to empty mixing bowl. Add small amount of ice and slowly stir. Add tea and continue to stir. Add more ice and dilute. Garnish with lemon and ginger peels.

drambuieDrambuie’s Hot Honey Butter

2 parts Drambuie

1 heaping tbsp natural apple butter

½ tbsp unsalted butter

6 parts steamed whole milk

1 small pinch kosher salt

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Garnish with steamed milk foam and cinnamon stick

Steam milk, apple butter and spices together until hot. Double-strain into small mug over butter. Stir in Drambuie. Top with additional milk foam.


2 parts Ancho Reyes

1 part fresh lime juice

½ part simple syrup (1:1)

7-9 leaves of fresh mint

3 lime wedges

Soda water

Add mint, lime wedges and simple syrup into a shaker tin. Lightly smash the ingredients together. Add FDC, Ancho Reyes, lime juice and ice and shake. Strain all contents into a double rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.

montelobosThé Fumée (Smoked Tea Cocktail)

1 part Montelobos Mezcal

¾ part dry sherry

¾ part jasmine tea infused Dolin blanc

½ part St Germain liquor

2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into a nick & nora or martini glass, garnish with a dried flower.

hudsonHudson Whiskey’s Stone Ridge

1 ½ parts Hudson Manhattan Rye

1 ½ parts fresh apple cider

4 parts ginger beer

2-3 dashes (to taste) aromatic bitters

Apple slices

Build over ice in a Collins glass (or tumbler/rocks glass if you prefer): apple cider, then whiskey, and fill up with ginger beer. Finally, add a few dashes of aromatic bitters. Garnish with apple slice, and serve with a straw.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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