Holiday Cocktails Everyone Can Be Thankful For

It’s that time of year again – time for holiday gatherings and family visits. While we’re paying attention to all the little details of our table settings, centerpieces, and menus, having a signature cocktail or two to whip up for your guests is a great way to dress up your gathering with some holiday-themed elegance and cut down on your bar-stocking bill.  If you’d like to dress up your next event, consider some of these elegant holiday-inspired cocktail recipes:

SAPPHIRE SPICE 

sspice2 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.

WHITE TUXEDO
wtuxedo1.25 oz Bombay Sapphire gin

1.25 oz Martini Bianco vermouth

.5 oz Manzanilla sherry

2 dashes Grapefruit bitters

Stir well and strain into a cocktail coupe, Garnish with Lemon oils and six drops of Salted Tarragon Olive Oil.

“It’s the perfect fall aperitif cocktail because it is elegantly dry and nutty from the dry sherry and bianco vermouth, and the salt tarragaon olive oil makes you salivate and coats you your stomach, which signals that you’re ready for a meal.” –Created by Bombay Sapphire’s 2015 Most Imaginative Bartender Winner and Owner of Austin’s Roosevelt Room, Justin Lavenue.

THE RIGHT CID’ER THE ROAD 

cider2 parts BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® East Gin

4 Blackberries

1/2 part Nutmeg Honey Syrup

3/4 part Lemon Juice
Shake and serve over ice and crown off with a classic English Cider. Garnish lemon twist and 2 blackberries. 

THE GIN VICTORIA

gin victoria1.5 parts BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® East Gin

1/2 part Fernet Branca

1/2 part White Cacao Liqueur

1/2 part Homemade Nutmeg and Lightly Infused Cardamom Syrup

3/4 part Heavy Cream

Shake and serve straight up in a cocktail glass. Toasted Cinnamon Dust garnish.

POLISH MULE

mule1 bottle Be Mixed Zero-Calorie & Sugar Free “Ginger Lime” Cocktail Mixer

1oz Belvedere Vodka

1oz ginger, caraway, and

black pepper cordial*

Blend fresh root ginger, caraway seeds, black pepper with Ginger Lime Be Mixed. Pour over ice with Belvedere Vodka. Serve with cucumber ribbons and a lime wedge.

The convenient, 1:1 ratio mixer is an all-natural and sugar-free alternative to help keep you stress-free and healthy this holiday season.

APPLE CIDER MARGARITA

cider margarita2 oz Tequila

2 oz Apple Cider (1/2 pressed apple)

2 oz Be Mixed Zero-Calorie & Sugar Free “Margarita” Cocktail Mixer

3 slices muddled fresh ginger
Dash ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

Shake all ingredients over ice until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with apple wedge.

BE FESTIVE 

festive2oz Be Mixed Zero-Calorie & Sugar Free “Ginger Lime” Cocktail Mixer (www.be-mixed.com)

2oz Bulleit Bourbon

2oz water

Garnish: 1 strip lemon peel, 1 cinnamon stick. Ingredients: Combine all ingredients in small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat, steep for 5 minutes.

CALICHE SPICED HOT TODDY
toddy2 oz  Caliche Rum
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz apple juice
1/2 oz honey syrup
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz orange juice

Shake all the ingredients and strain into a toddy glass and add hot water garnished with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange with 3 cloves.

CALICHE MAYFLOWER
mayflower2 oz Caliche Rum

3/4 oz Lime Juice

1 tbsp of Cranberry Jam. (1 oz if using cranberry sauce)

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Cranberries for garnish

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks filled glass and top with the bitters. Add cranberries for garnish. 

SIGNATURE ST-GERMAIN COCKTAIL

st germain2 parts MARTINI & ROSSI Prosecco

1 ½ parts St-Germain

2 parts sparkling water

Fill a call Collins glass with ice. Add MARTINI & ROSSI Prosecco first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda. Stir completely and garnish with a lemon twist.

St-Germain is the quintessential liqueur for apéritifs, which are often enjoyed before a meal to stimulate appetite and open the palate. There’s no better time for apéritif moments with friends and family than during the upcoming holiday season, and the refreshing St-Germain cocktail is the perfect precursor to an indulgent Thanksgiving meal.

MARTINI HOT SPICE GROG

grog1 ounce Islay Scotch
1 ounce MARTINI Rosso Sweet Vermouth
¼ ounce Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Aromatic Bitters
½ ounce Honey syrup
¾ ounce Cloves and Star anise
Lemon & Orange zest

Obtain two large metal mugs. In one, add whiskey, MARTINI Rosso, Maraschino Liqueur, and honey syrup, and in the second one the citrus peels and spices. Fire up the liquid and toss the hot mixture back and forth between the mugs a few times – it should look like you’re pouring a liquid stream of fire. Extinguish the flames, add the Maraschino Liqueur, and pour into a Tea cup.

 

DISARONNO CIDER

disarrono1 part DISARONNO

1 Gold rum

3 parts Apple cider

 

Pour warm apple cider in a mug. Add DISARONNO and gold rum. Stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

MARTINI & ROSSI APPLE PIE

apple pie4 ounces MARTINI & ROSSI Moscato d’Asti

½ ounce MARTINI Rosso Vermouth

½ ounce Simple Syrup

½ ounce Lemon Juice

1 tsp Apply Butter

Pinch of Pie Spice

Garnish: Apple Chips

In a champagne glass, mix all but the first ingredient. Stir well. Top with MARTINI & ROSSI Moscato d’Asti. Garnish with apple chips. 

DISARONNO WEARS CAVALLI SOUR

cavalli sour1 ½ oz DISARONNO

1 oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Simple Syrup

1 ½ oz Prosecco

10 dashes Angostura Bitters

In a mixing glass with ice, shake DISARONNO, lemon and simple syrup.  Strain into wine glass. Top with prosecco and stir.  Float 10 dashes of Angostura Bitters on top. Garnish with an orange slice. 

DISARONNO COSMO

cosmo¾ part DISARONNO

1¼ parts Vodka

1 part Cranberry juice

¾ part Lime juice

Shake all ingredients with ice. Garnish with a lime slice and cranberry.

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