Seasonal Cocktails

By Kristen Castillo

September 28, 2015 6 min read

Cider, eggnog and cocoa may be the holiday standards, but that doesn't mean you have to serve the same drink year after year. Add a tasty twist to your seasonal cocktail for a drink that's sure to please!

Raid your home bar for a variety of liquors including rum, bourbon, tequila and vodka. Then get creative with fall and winter flavors to warm your taste buds and your spirit. With choices such as fruit, chocolate and peppermint, garnishing your beverages is yummy, too.

Read on for 10 seasonal cocktail recipes. You'll want to try them all.

Cheers to colorful and delicious holiday drinks!

*Chocolate Peppermint Margarita

Courtesy of Sauza Tequila Import Co.

--1 1/2 parts agave tequila

--1/2 part peppermint schnapps

--6 parts milk

--1 part hot chocolate powder

--Candy cane (optional)

Directions: In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into your most festive glass and garnish with a candy cane.

*The Winter Warmer

Courtesy of Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

--1 1/2 ounces bourbon

--1/4 ounce honey (local is best)

--2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

--2 drops of hot sauce

--2 dashes of bitters (we recommend Woodford Reserve sassafras and sorghum bitters)

Directions: Shake hard over ice; strain into whiskey glass; drop a smoked ice cube in before serving.

*Double-Chocolate Martini

Courtesy of Brio Tuscan Grille

--Chocolate sauce

--Chocolate rim

--Chocolate shavings/chips

--2 ounces vanilla vodka

--3/4 ounce Godiva

--3/4 ounce Bailey's

*Campania Sour

Courtesy of Salute Trattoria, Red Rock Resort

--2 dashes lavender bitters

--1 1/2 ounces 50 Bleu Vodka

--1/2 ounce Strega liqueur

--3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

--1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

--3/4 ounce egg whites

--1/2 ounce simple syrup

--Lemon peel

Directions: Add all ingredients into mixing tin. Dry-shake without ice. Next, add ice and shake vigorously. Then double-strain with tea strainer into martini coupe. Garnish with skewered lemon peel.


Courtesy: Butter Midtown

--2 ounces vodka

--10 ounces ginger-snap liqueur

--1 ounce fresh pineapple juice

--1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

--1/4 ounce simple syrup

--2 dashes bitters

--Orange peel

Directions: Shake all together until nice and creamy; double-strain into a chilled port glass; garnish with a large orange twist.

*Smashing Pumpkin

Courtesy of the US GRANT hotel

--2 ounces Pumpkin and Star Anise Infused 10 Cane Rum

--1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

--3/4 ounce St. Elizabeth All Spice Dram

--3/4 ounce ginger liqueur

--3/4 ounce saffron syrup

--2-3 dashes cardamom bitters

--1 ounce fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice

Directions: Place rum, star anise and chopped fresh pumpkin in a vacuum-sealed bag. Let sit for a few hours. Strain rum in a container.

Rim glass with spice mix of sanding sugar, ground ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Float Orange Putka Pod as garnish.

Place all ingredients in a shaker. Shake and strain into the glass.

*Back Bay Coffee

Courtesy of Back Bay Bistro

--1 cup hot brewed coffee

--1 shot Jameson Irish whiskey

--1 shot butterscotch schnapps

--1 tablespoon fresh whipped cream

--1 dash white chocolate shavings

--1 dash toffee bits

Directions: Combine coffee, whiskey and schnapps. Top with whipped cream, white chocolate shavings and toffee bits. Garnish with a rolled cookie wafer.

*Mexican Eggnog

Courtesy: Sauza Tequila Import Co.

--1 part agave tequila

--1 part bourbon

--3 parts eggnog

--Whipped cream (optional)

Directions: In a shaker filled with ice, combine eggnog, tequila and bourbon. Shake to combine and serve chilled. Float whipped cream on top (optional).

*Spiced Pecan Hot Chocolate

Courtesy of the Lodge at Breckenridge

--1 part Bailey's

--1 part hazelnut liqueur

--2 parts homemade hot chocolate

--Whipped cream

--Cinnamon stick

Directions: Add Bailey's and hazelnut liqueur to homemade hot chocolate. Top with vanilla whipped cream and nutmeg. Serve in a spiced-pecan-rimmed glass with a cinnamon stick.

*Taste of the Holidays

Courtesy of Whiteface Lodge

--2 ounces Blue Line gin

--1 ounce Christmas syrup (orange, clove, nutmeg, simple syrup)

--1 ounce cranberry juice

--Splash of club soda

Directions: Build in glass and add ice. Garnish with rosemary and drunken cranberry.

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