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:
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
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
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.
1 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.
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.
2oz Bulleit Bourbon
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
1¼ parts Vodka
1 part Cranberry juice
¾ part Lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice. Garnish with a lime slice and cranberry.