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Get Festive: Winter Cocktail Inspirations

By December 7, 2018Top News

Winter cocktails at their best take a guest’s mind off the weather and into the moment. Entertaining made easy with some festive, holiday ideas.


Smirnoff Holiday Punch
Courtesy of Kendra Darling, Simply Darrling

  • 10 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Holiday Ornament Vodka
  • 12 oz Cranberry-Raspberry Juice
  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 20 oz Orange Juice
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 bottle Sparkling Wine
  • Raspberry sherbet
  • Slices of limes and oranges and frozen cranberries.

Method: Combine all the juices in a punch bowl. Stir in the sparkling wine and the Smirnoff No. 21 Holiday Ornament Vodka. Garnish with frozen cranberries and slices of limes and oranges. Place a ball of raspberry sherbet into a glass. Ladle punch into the glass.


Brockmans Golden Era

  • 3 oz. Brockmans
  • 1 oz. Calvados
  • 1 ½ oz. Apricot Brandy
  • 2 dashes plum bitters

Method: Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with two blueberries and a twist of clementine zest.





Angostura Queen’s Park Swizzle

  • 2 oz Angostura 7 Year Old Rum
  • 1 oz Demerara Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz fresh Lime Juice
  • 12-14 Mint Leaves
  • Freixenet 6-8 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Method: Build in a Highball or Pilsner glass; muddle mint leaves in lime juice and simple syrup then fill glass with crushed ice. Pour rum over crushed ice and swizzle well until glass is ice-cold and frosted. Pack glass with more crushed ice and top with bitters.





Signature Cuvée 

  • 750 ml Freixenet Ice Cuvée
  • Ice Cubes
  • Strawberries or seasonal fruits

Method: Add ice, pour.






The Dandy by Dubonnet

  • 1¼ oz Dubonnet
  • 1½ oz Orange Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters

Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled. Serve in a Nick and Nora glass, garnished with an orange swatch.





Kahlúa’s Cold Brew

  • 1 oz Absolut Vodka
  • 2 oz Kahlúa
  • 3 oz Cold Brew Coffee

Method: Fill a shaker with ice. Add the Absolut, Kahlúa and cold brew. Shake hard for at least 10 seconds to create a nice foam. Strain into a cocktail glass to get rid of all the small ice chips; garnish with coffee beans.






Rene Barbier’s Apple Cider Kickoff

  • 750 ml bottle René Barbier Mediterranean White
  • 2½ cups fresh Apple Cider
  • 1 cup Club Soda
  • ½ cup Brandy
  • 3 Apples, chopped (Honeycrisp preferred)
  • 3 Pears, chopped
  • Fresh Ginger (optional)

Method: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Refrigerate an hour before serving.


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