Create your own craft cocktails for the upcoming holidays
With the holidays coming up, there is no better time to start brushing up on your bartending skills so you can be the best host possible for any holiday parties you are hosting. Whether it’s a family gathering for Christmas or a huge New Years blowout, signature cocktails are a must have. And fortunately, we have a huge selection of delicious, specialty cocktails to try out in the coming weeks.
The list starts off with one of our favorite canned cocktails, BABE 100. We recommend trying out their BABE’s Rose Mule and create the delicious cocktail called Too Mule For School.
TOO MULE FOR SCHOOL
8 mint leaves
- 8 mint leaves
- 5 Fresh Raspberries
- 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
- 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
- 3 oz. Ginger Beer
- 3 oz. BABE Rosé or BABE 100 Rosé
- 1 tsp. Honey
Instructions: In a cocktail mixing glass, muddle together the mint leaves and raspberries. Combine the vodka, ginger beer, BABE Rosé wine and a little honey in the glass. Stir with a cocktail spoon until it’s thoroughly combined. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with additional mint leaves.
Next up is a refreshing cocktail made with Vera Wang PARTY. There is nothing better to bring in the New Year than with a delicious glass of sparkling wine. Be sure to try out the PARTY cocktail which will definitely get the party going,
Vera Wang 72 PARTY Cocktail
2 oz Lillet Blanc
- 2 oz Lillet Blanc
- 1 oz Vera Wang X Chopin Vodka
- ½ oz fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz agave
Instructions: Shake & pour into a chilled cocktail glass, royale with Vera Wang PARTY, garnish with lemon twist
Mezcal is one of our favorite spirits to enjoy. The smokiness of mezcal is something that is quite addictive and is the perfect ingredient for any cocktail. A little known fact is that you substitute tequila and can make a delicious and smoky margarita with mezcal. And we have the recipe to help you make that.
Ilegal Mezcal Margarita de Granada Pitcher
1 750ml bottle of Ilegal Mezcal Joven
- 1 750ml bottle of Ilegal Mezcal Joven
- 8oz Lime
- 8oz Agave Syrup
- 6oz Pomegranate Juice
- Garnish: Pomegranate Seeds and 6 lime wheels
Instructions: Add mezcal, lime, agave syrup and pomegranate juice to a pitcher with light ice, stir until chilled. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and lime wheels.
Now if you are in the mood for something a little heavier and darker, Glendalough Whiskey has a few delicious cocktails that will serve you well. These cocktails are made with Glendalough Double Barrel and feature warm notes of vanilla, dried fruit, and Spanish oak spices.
Glendalough Irish Coffee
- 2 oz. of Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
- 2 Teaspoons of Demerara Sugar
- 4 oz.l of Freshly Brewed Coffee
- Topped (slowly) with Heavy Cream
- Garnish: Coffee Beans
Instructions: Pour freshly brewed coffee into an Irish coffee cup. Add the Demerara sugar and whiskey. Stir all ingredients and top with heavy cream. Garnish with coffee beans.
- 2oz Glendalough Double Barrel
- 1oz of Fresh Lime Juice
- 3 Dashes of Bitters
- Splash Ginger Beer
- Garnish: Lime Wedge
Instructions: Pour the Double Barrel, freshly squeezed lime juice, and bitters into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.
Tanteo Nog De Huevos
- 1 ½ oz. Tanteo Navidad Tequila
- 2 Eggs (separated)
- 4 oz. Cream
- 4 oz. Whole milk
- 1 oz. Agave nectar (or simple syrup)
Directions: Mix egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Add tequila, cream and milk; mix until well blended. Separately, mix egg whites until stiff peaks from. Fold two mixtures together and serve in a Cocktail Glass. Garnish with ground nutmeg and cinnamon
- 1.5oz Cutwater Tiki Holiday Spirit
- 1oz banana liqueur
- .5oz Cutwater White Rum
- .5oz coconut syrup
- .5oz macadamia nut liqueur
Method: Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until tin is cold. Strain into a chilled coupe cocktail glass rimmed with white sugar sprinkles. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary sprayed with edible white food spray.
The GlenDronach x Point Reyes Cheese Kit
Just in time for the holidays, The GlenDronach Distillery, the historic Highland producer of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., the California-based award-winning artisanal creamery, have formed a partnership to bring consumers a unique Scotch and cheese pairing experience for the holidays. The pairing features the renowned producer’s flagship expression, The GlenDronach Original Aged 12 Years, which epitomizes the distillery’s unyielding dedication to mastering sherry cask maturation. Aged in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía in Spain, this richly sherried Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky presents smooth vanilla, soft fruits, and a memorably long, nutty finish, for which it has become renowned. From Point Reyes, the White Cheddar was chosen as the perfect pairing for The GlenDronach 12. Aged for one year, it is complex, creamy-yet-sharp, and has a delicious sweetness that flawlessly complements the rich, sherry sweetness of the whisky. The combined depth of flavor creates a balanced upfront taste experience with a burst of spice on the finish. Sold on ReserveBar, the remarkable selection is now available for purchase through December 2021.
And if you are in the spirit of gifting spirits to people, there are some holiday editions of some of our favorite liquor brands.
With an influx of celebrity backed brands, it’s hard to decipher a high-quality bottle to give the tequila-lover in your life. This holiday season, skip the guesswork and opt for a humble, high-quality brand Volcán de Mi Tierra. Unlike many on the shelves, Volcán’s portfolio of 100% blue Weber agave tequilas is produced in its own dedicated distillery and is made to be sipped and savored.
Volcán Cristalino Tequila | $64.99 via Drizly
Volcán’s premium, aged Tequila Cristalino blends robust notes such as vanilla, caramel, and chocolate, all blended in casks from the old world to create a unique, but deep flavor. This Anejo Cristalino is filtered in order to remove it’s color and accentuate it’s rich flavors.
Volcán Blanco Tequila | $45.99 via Drizly
Volcán’s Tequila Blanco blends herbal, citrus, and spice notes indicative of the lowlands with fruit notes of cherry, pear, and peach from the highlands. Made with 100% heart, this Blanco is crafted with only the very best agave sourced from each of these distinct regions.
Belvedere Holiday Mixology Set | SRP $24.99 | Purchase via Drizly
Produced in one of the world’s longest operating polish distilleries, Belvedere Pure is crafted from Polish rye, purified water and a distillation process by fire. With zero additives, this spirit celebrates the beauty of terroir and Rye’s signature, smooth character. The perfect hostess gift this season, you’ll be amazed at how versatile Belvedere Pure is when mixed.
And to round this out, one cocktail that has caught our eye is a canned cocktail called Volley Tequila Seltzer. Volley Tequila Seltzer is true to its name, made with only blue agave, sparkling water, and an organic juice. Volley Tequila Seltzer offers four fun flavors being Zesty Lime, Spicy Ginger, Sharp Grapefruit and Tropical Mango. This simple yet delightful canned cocktail is definitely one for those tequila soda lovers out. Volley is now available to purchase in the US and you can try a 4-pack variety or single flavor pack for $13.99. Additionally, Volley ships nationwide through their ecommerce platform, https://drinkvolley.com/pages/shop.