Drinking the Season: 7 Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, you know what ES has up our virtual sleeves for you…a holiday cocktail! Or seven!

OK, fine, we don’t actually have a Kwanzaa cocktail (Sandra Lee…where aaaaare you on this one?) but from peppermint to gingerbread, there’s something on this holiday cocktail list everyone can get behind.

1. Seven Layer Cookie

3/4 oz. Godiva® Liqueur
3/4 oz. Coconut rum
1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. Partida Anejo Tequila
1/4 oz. Frangelico
1/2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream®
1/2 oz. Amaretto

Garnish rim of a martini glass with crushed cookie crumbs. Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass.

2. Wine Me Up Santa

From: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island

1 750ml bottle red table wine
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cloves
¾ teaspoon whole pink peppercorns
2oz honey
2oz vodka
1oz triple sec
.5oz soy lecithin
Cinnamon powder

Warm all ingredients except soy lecithin in a saucepan at a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not allow the temperature to exceed 140°F / 60°C (If mixture starts to boil, lower the heat.) Seal and chill. Take ¼ of your mixture and use an electric hand blender to mix in soy lecithin to create an airy topping. Pour in liquid mixture to fill half of a glass mug or teacup, top with mulled wine, air, and lightly dust the top with cinnamon.

3. Chocolate Peppermint Cookie

3/4 oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
3/4 oz. Godiva® Liqueur
1-1/2 oz. Cream

Rim martini glass with chocolate syrup and crushed candy canes. Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass.

4. Toasted Macaroon

1 oz. Coconut Milk
1-1/2 oz. Coconut rum
1/4 oz. Licor 43
1/2 oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz.Frangelico

Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with toasted coconut shavings on top.

 5. Ginger Toddy

2 parts Kilbeggan® Irish Whiskey o 2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour
2 parts Ginger Beer
1 bar spoon Honey
Hot Water


In a pre-heated coffee mug, pour 1/3 of the water over the honey and stir to dissolve. Add all remaining ingredients and top with additional hot water. Dust with fresh ground cinnamon and serve with a festive stir stick.

6. Jagartee

From Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

1.5 oz Blackwell Rum
1.5 oz St.Elizabeth Allspice Dream
1.5 oz Merlot
1 oz Pok Pok Som Tamarind Drinking Vinegar Splash Orange Juice
1 Darjeling Tea Bag
Fill with Hot Water

Pour ingredients into a glass mason jar with a handle. Add tea bag, and fill to the bottom of the neck of with hot water. Let steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Garnish with an orange slice.

7. Peppermint Patty

From: Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

1oz Patron XO Café Tequila
1oz Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka
.5oz Crème De Menthe Green Liqueur
2oz Cream

Combine all ingredients and serve on the rocks.

Find more holiday cocktail ideas in Endless Cocktails.

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