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Holiday Cocktail Recipes

At last, the most wonderful time of year has arrived, and these creative holiday cocktail recipes are the perfect touch for your holiday gatherings. Whether you’re hosting an event, staying in for post-shopping relaxation or taking the edge off from entertaining relatives, these recipes are festive, unique and delicious. Also, these cocktail recipes were designed by our spirits expert, so you’ll impress your guests even more than certainly, you always do. And certainly, you’ll wow your own taste buds.

Aperol Spritz

3 oz. (90 ml) chilled Prosecco
2 oz. (60 ml) Aperol
Splash of sparkling water
1 orange slice

​Fill a highball glass or tumbler with ice. Add the Prosecco first, then the Aperol. Add a splash of sparkling water, garnish with the orange slice and serve immediately.

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F&R Edelweiss


  • 1 1/4 oz. TX Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. St. Germain
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • Mint leaves and cranberries

​Mix ingredients in a shaker, shake with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with mint leaves and cranberries.

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Basil Julep

1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) water
1 cup (8 oz./250 g) sugar
24 fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 oz. (45 ml) bourbon
1 oz. (30 ml) fresh lime juice
1 lime wedge

Bring water to a simmer. Add sugar and 15 chopped basil leaves. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh sieve. In a glass, muddle 8 basil leaves and 1 oz. of the basil simple syrup. Add bourbon and lime juice. Pack glass tightly with crushed ice. Garnish with remaining basil leaf and lime wedge.

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White Manhattan

2 parts Hudson NY Corn Whiskey
1 part Lillet Blanc
3 dashes orange bitters
Lemon peel (garnish)

Stir ingredients 50 times with chunk ice to chill and dilute properly. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

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Christmas Gin and Cranberry Sauced Martini

2 oz. gin
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. cranberry sauce (without whole berries)
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Rosemary spring (garnish)

Add cranberry sauce to a cocktail shaker with gin, lime juice and bitters. Add ice, shake very vigorously at least 30 to 45 seconds and strain through a mesh strainer into a chilled glass. Place a sprig of rosemary on top of the cocktail.

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