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Holiday Cocktails For Would-Be Mixologists

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Holiday Cocktails For Would-Be Mixologists

With the holidays fast approaching and the home cocktail scene hotter than ever, now is the time for would-be mixologists to shake up their repertoire with a few new seasonal concoctions.

Perfect for parties or a nightcap for two, here are a few offerings that transcend the traditional egg nog and mulled cider and take holiday drinks to new heights. Cheers!

1. The ideal end to an autumn evening.

Apple Pie a la Mode 

Seaway Grill at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel (Clayton, N.Y.)

Build in a hurricane glass:

  • ¾ oz. apple pie moonshine
  • ¾ oz. vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 ½ oz. ginger ale
  • Garnish with a slice of apple.

2.  As the familiar carol goes, we won’t go until we get some.

Gettin' Figgy With It

Mix together:


  • 1 ½ oz Fig Infused Privateer Rum
  • ½ oz. Averna Amaro
  • ½ oz. vanilla brown sugar syrup
  • 2 dashes walnut bitters
  • Top with muddled orange twist and Luxardo cherry.


3. Visions of candy canes will dance in their heads.

The Peppermint Patty
3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
(Riviera Beach, Fla.)

Build in a glass with a crushed peppermint candy rim:


  • ½ oz. Peppermint Schnapps
  • ½ oz. vanilla vodka
  • ½ oz. cream
  • ½ oz. Frangelico
  • ½ oz. chocolate liqueur
  • Top with whipped cream and a cherry.


4. A grown-up gingerbread dream.

Ginger Cinnamon Fizz
McCoy’s Oceanfront at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa (Pompano Beach, Fla.)

Mix together:


  • 1 oz. Jack Daniels
  • ½ oz. Jack Cinnamon
  • ½ oz. Stoli Vanilla Vodka
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. vanilla syrup
  • 3 oz. ginger beer

Garnish with a half-moon orange wedge and a sprig of mint.


5. Because holiday spice is nice.

The Hanzo
jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Mix together:


  • 2 oz cinnamon smoked Bulleit Bourbon
  • ¼ oz. five-spice simple syrup
  • 2 dashes cardamom bitters
  • Garnish with orange zest.


6. Thanks to its garland-inspired garnish, this tall red-and-green treat not only tastes but looks like the holidays.

Taste of the Holidays 

KANU Lounge at The Whiteface Lodge (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

Build in a Tom Collins glass:

  • 2oz Blue Line Gin 
  • 1oz Xmas syrup (orange clove nutmeg simple syrup) 
  • 1oz cranberry juice 
  • Splash of club soda 


Add ice. Garnish with a drunken cranberry speared on a rosemary sprig. 

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