There's no shortage of hotels, restaurants, bars and even retailers getting in the holiday spirit this year. Take a cue from the aforementioned pop-ups and bring the cheer home. These seasonal cocktail recipes will impress guests and keep the festive feels going through the New Year.
Smoked Pecan Old Fashioned
2 oz Woodford Reserve
.25 oz El Guapo® Creole Orgeat Syrup
2 dashes El Guapo® Chicory Pecan Bitters
2 dashes El Guapo® Spiced Cocoa Tea Bitters
Applewood chips, blowtorch & cloche, for smoking
In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine bitters, syrup and bourbon. Stir until well chilled, and strain into a rocks glass over one large rock. Place on a flat board, and torch applewood chips until embers are lit. Cover with cloche for one minute, removing just prior to serving to release aromas and smoke.
Cran-Spiced Martini by Reyka Vodka Brand Ambassador Trevor Schneider
2 parts Reyka Vodka
1 part cranberry 100% juice
¾ part Vanilla spiced syrup
Skewered cranberries for garnish
To make vanilla spiced syrup: Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, ¼ tsp. ground black pepper, 5 tsp. allspice, 1 cinnamon stick (2 ½"). Bring to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
Combine all the ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake, strain & garnish. Fine strain and add .5oz vanilla extract.
The Dunhill, Courtesy of I Trulli
1oz Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin
1oz Silvio Carta Vernaccia di Oristano 2003 Vintage
1oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
Combine and stir. Spray of Alpe Genepy in a double old-fashioned glass. Strain over large ice cube. Garnish with lemon peel.
Mazuma, Courtesy of Bathtub Gin, NYC
1.5oz Volcan De Mi Tierra Blanco
¾ oz Guava Puree
¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz Agave
1 dash Grapefruit Bitters
Garnish: Half moon grapefruit slice
Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice. Cap the shaker and shaken vigorously with ice for about 5 seconds. Fill footed collins glass with ice cubes. Remove the cap of the shaker and strain cocktail in footed Collins glass. Slice grapefruit into a half moon and fit in the top of the glass for garnish.
Blitzen’s Regret, Courtesy of The Tam O’Shanter