The holiday season is here, and people around the world celebrate with family and friends by hosting holiday-themed parties. To enhance these parties, winter-inspired cocktails represent a great way to make lasting memories. A talented mixologist or professional bartending service can add a dash of style to holiday gatherings with delicious seasonal cocktail offerings. In this blog article, we’ll explore some of the favorite winter cocktails that can be served at parties throughout the holiday season.
Favorite Holiday Cocktails
To add holiday dazzle to gatherings with friends and family, delicious cocktails are the answer. Some of the favorite party cocktails put a flavorful and festive spin on time-honored classics, using ingredients that bring new depth and complexity to these classic cocktail favorites. If one is unsure of how to mix delicious cocktails for guests, a professional bartending service can be used to give parties that extra touch of class.
Our favorites include:
The Hot Toddy, Updated
In a traditional hot toddy, whiskey and flavorful herbs and spices are blended and served hot. This is often considered a nightcap, but is perfect for a cozy holiday cocktail when the weather is poor. There are many variations in the recipe, including regional preferences for additions and mixers. In the updated version, the whiskey is replaced with cognac and aged rum to add depth.
1 oz. cognac
1 oz. aged rum (Angostura 1824 or Ron Centenario Gran Reserva are wonderful choices)
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Add all ingredients to a mug, then add 3 oz. of boiling water. To garnish, a cinnamon stick or a lemon wedge studded with whole cloves increase the holiday flavors.
Bring a beloved summertime cocktail into the holiday season with a festive spin. The blended spirits are fortified with egg white to produce a creamy, rich drink with flavors reminiscent of warm weather.
1 oz. reposado tequila
1 oz. mezcal (Montelobos and Don Porfirio are high-end favorites)
1 oz. lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
Combine ingredients and shake. Add ice, then shake again before serving. Strain the cocktail into a margarita glass with a salted rim. Spiced salt adds a bit of summery zest to this rich margarita variation.
Elegance and holiday flavors combine in this spin on tradition. It is easy to make and provides a refreshing holiday flavor that pairs nicely with more upscale party themes.
4 oz. sparkling wine or champagne
1 sugar cube
Dash of Angostura or Peychaud’s bitters
Soak the sugar cube in bitters, then place the cube into a champagne flute. Add champagne (a sparkling wine like Prosecco is a great substitute), then add a lemon twist for garnish.
Winter flavors are the hallmarks of this delicious cocktail, which has origins in a classic Tom Collins recipe.
1.5 oz. vodka
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. cranberry juice
1 teaspoon allspice dram (a liqueur made from the allspice berry)
Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, then top with soda and a clove-studded lemon wheel for dramatic holiday flavors.
Apple Brandy Sazerac
For this winter cocktail, the New Orleans favorite whiskey cocktail known as the Sazerac gets a flavorful holiday update. Replacing whiskey with apple brandy, such as Applejack, makes this a perfect cocktail for sipping by the fireplace.
2 oz. apple brandy
¼ oz. maple syrup
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Combine ingredients and stir with ice. Strain the drink into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.