Cocktailing all the way around the holiday season

’Tis the season and that gives us a reason to be thirsty. And since we are all adults, we don’t have to be on the nice or naughty list to enjoy a drink.

Contrary to popular belief, creating an epic cocktail is not only about knowing your alcohol. Besides, you don’t have to be a rock star mixologist to create impressive concoctions for your family and guests either. 

Holiday merriment is always merrier with a cocktail in hand. If they pack a huge wow factor with yumminess and if they are looking dashing, well then, you’re a winner.

So, whether you’re preparing a drink for your significant other or for the celebratory crowd, these bold and brazenly inventive cocktails will leave everyone speechless, without having to hire your own bartender. 

Please don’t forget to make them pretty. It’s all about the garnishes to take cocktails from ordinary libations to swoon-worthy creations!

After a year packed with stress, here the stand-alone cocktails that will even dissipate any family-induced anxiety.

These cocktails will make you feel holly and jolly with the jingle juice you’ve added. Even if you have shopped till you dropped or were done early with your online shopping, these celebratory holiday cocktails will bring much cheer to all the festivities.

Happy holidays everyone and be safe!

Recipes:

MAPLE MANHATTAN

Whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters are the typical contenders that constitute one of the OG (original gangsters) of cocktails — the Manhattan. It’s usually stirred, not shaken, and strained into a rock bottom or a chilled, martini glass. Omit the maple syrup, which is what makes it festive here, if you want to enjoy it year-round. 

  • ½ oz dry vermouth
  • 1 T Maple syrup
  • 2 oz rye (Knob Creek is a good choice or Bourbon can also be used)
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Orange zest
  • Ice cubes 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rye, vermouth, maple syrup and bitters. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, with a large whiskey ice cube. Twist the orange zest over the glass to release the oils of the peel and drop into the glass for garnish.

CDM IRISH COFFEE

And last but not least, we wrap up with a flourish specially dedicated for those households, where everything outside is blanketed with pristine white snow. The most logical drink to sip sitting by a cozy fireplace while everyone tears into their gifts and “Jingle Bells” is playing in the background, is an Irish coffee. It’s exactly what Santa ordered to deal with CDM — Christmas Day Madness before breakfast, brunch, tea-time or after dinner, come to think of it!  

It’s fairly uncomplicated to make. A French press is best here, as you can regulate how strong you want your coffee. And of course, Jamison Irish Whiskey is one of the main protagonists being showcased here. 

  • 2 oz of Irish whiskey
  • 5 oz fresh coffee
  • 2 T sugar
  • Heavy cream

Pour whiskey, coffee and sugar into a glass coffee mug. Stir well. Top with an even layer of heavy whipped cream, without stirring. For décor, you can top with a few coffee beans, a sprinkle of powdered cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.