5 Must-Try Holiday Cocktails

Fun holiday cocktails beyond rum and eggnog.

The holidays are the perfect time to get together with friends and family… and to be
buzzing like a honey bee. Here are some fun holiday cocktails that go beyond your
classic rum and eggnog.

Blossoming Tea Flower Gin Hot Toddy : Warm and cool.


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Pour 1.5 oz of gin into a glass and stir in one bar spoon of honey. Add ¾ oz of lemon
juice and mix it up again. Top up with hot water according to taste (or how loose
you want to get) and stir. Drop in a blossoming tea flower, wait a few moments for it
to pop open, and voila, you’re impressive.
Courtesy of: The Savory

Blood Orange Gin Fizz : Punch the holidays in the flavour face


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In a pitcher, crush 6 thinly sliced lime circles. Muddle 6 large basil leaves and a
pinch of salt. Pour in 750 mL of sparkling blood orange beverage. Add ¾ cup of gin
and stir with 3 cups of ice. Garnish 4 glasses with a lime and small basil leaves and
welcome to flavour town, population, you and your guests.
Courtesy of: President’s Choice

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini: Classy candy cane crowd pleaser


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Pour 4 ounces of white chocolate liqueur, 2.5 oz’s of vanilla vodka and 1.5 oz’s of
peppermint schnapps into a martini shaker half-filled with ice. Rim the martini
glass with crushed candy cane or red sprinkles and drizzle chocolate syrup inside
the glass to keep it classy.
Courtesy of: A Family Feast

Spiced Bourbon, Beer and Maple Martini : Because really? Bourbon, beer AND
maple syrup.


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Combine 1 cup of chilled bourbon, ¼ cup of dark beer and ¼ cup of maple syrup in a
martini shaker filled with ice cubes. Cover and shake well. Strain the drink into 4
large chilled martini glasses. Grate a little nutmeg over each glass. You will feel as if
your home smells of rich mahogany.
Courtesy of: The Food Network

White Cranberry Juice and Vodka: Simple, yet effective holiday staple.


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Mix white cranberry juice and a shot (or two, or three) of vodka and top with fresh
cranberries. Leave in the fridge overnight, the colder, the better. This should get any
party started.