Holiday Cocktails

Festive concoctions for the season of merrymaking.

Champagne may be de rigueur on New Year's Eve, but the holiday season also ushers in a rash of creatively concocted, often cleverly named mixed drinks. Below, we've rounded up a selection of seasonal cocktails. Some are minty; some are fruity. Some are classic; some are trendy. All, though, are perfect for this time of year.



The Classics

Christmas Egg Nog (serves 8)
12 egg yolks
5 cloves, whole
4 cups milk
4 cups cream
3 cups light rum
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 ½ teaspoons vanilla essence
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
¾ teaspoon nutmeg, ground

In a saucepan over low heat, blend the milk, cinnamon, cloves and half a teaspoon of the vanilla essence.
Keep stirring while mixture heats, and remove from heat just before boiling point.
In a bowl, mix together the sugar with all those egg yolks.
Make sure you whisk them well so that they're light and fluffy.
Gently and a little at a time, pour in the milk mixture while continuing to whisk.
Transfer mixture back into your saucepan over a medium heat while continuing to stir.
Keep stirring until your eggnog mixture starts to resemble custard.
Do NOT let the mixture reach boiling point.
Pour and strain the mixture into a jug, making sure to remove the cloves.
Stand jug in the fridge for an hour or two.
Gently stir in the cream, light rum, remaining vanilla and ground nutmeg.
Serve in cups with a little extra ground nutmeg, cinnamon or baking cocoa sprinkled lightly on top. Put in fridge overnight.

Recipe courtesy of

Hot Buttered Rum (serves 10 to 12)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch salt 
Bottle dark rum
Boiling water

In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
Refrigerate until almost firm.Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs.
Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway).
Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of the

Peppermint Drinks

White Chocolate Bliss
2 oz. NAVAN Natural Vanilla Liqueur
2 oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Crushed mini candy cane
Shake liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish with a sprinkle of crushed candy cane.
Variations: top with a splash of heavy cream for an extra luscious holiday treat or add a few fresh mint leaves to the shaker for a burst of flavor.

Recipe courtesy of NAVAN Natural Vanilla Liquer.




Green Grinch (formerly known as It Ain't Easy Being Green)
1¼ oz 360 Vodka
¾ oz Green Crème de Menthe
¾ oz Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz. half & half

Shake liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Recipe courtesy of 360 Vodka.





Merry Irishman
2 parts Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
1 part Kahlua
½ part Mint Schnapps

Serve over ice in a Rocks glass.
Garnish with candy cane.

Recipe courtesy of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.




Recipe courtesy of NAVAN Natural Vanilla Liquer.

Partridge in a Pear Tree
1½ oz. Oronoco (Brazilian White Rum)
1/4 oz pear liqueur
½ oz. pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon Champagne

In a cocktail shaker, shake the rum, pear liqueur and pomegranate juice with ice.
Pour into a chilled martini glass and top with champagne.

Recipe courtesy of Oronoco Rum.

For New Year's

MIDORI Melon Ball Drop
2 oz. MIDORI Leon Liqueur
1 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus
½ oz Elderflower Liquor
Juice ½ Lemon

Sugar Rim.
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. 
Garnish with a melon ball on the rim.

Recipe courtesy of MIDORI Leon Liqueur.


The New Year's Resolution Cocktail

ZEN Latte
1½ parts  ZEN
6 Parts Steamed Milk

Pour the Zen into an Irish coffee glass or coffee mug.
Top with steamed milk.
Stir well.
Garnish with matcha powder.

Recipe courtesy of ZEN Green Tea Liqueur.




The Champagne Cocktails
1 oz. NAVAN Natural Vanilla Liqueur
1 oz. pomegranate puree
Moёt White Star Champagne
Shake NAVAN and fruit purée in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Pour mixture into a Champagne flute.
Top with Champagne and garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.
Variations: Substitute the pomegranate purée with any fruit purée you prefer-blood orange, black currant, fig, pear-simply add NAVAN, and you have a custom cocktail.  For truly effortless entertaining, invite guests to choose their own purées, shake and top with bubbles.

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