With holiday social calendars bursting at the seams, it’s always a good idea to have some festive crowd-pleaser cocktails on hand. Our pals at some of the top restaurants and lounges at premier hotels and resorts across the country have rounded up their favorite holiday cocktail recipes with an extra splash of holiday spirit to share with us.
Poinsettia Cocktail (pictured above)
Recipe courtesy Red’s Restaurant & Lounge at Sea Crest Beach Hotel, North Falmouth, Mass.
• 1 oz Cointreau
• 1 oz cranberry juice
• 3 oz Champagne
Serve in a Champagne glass
Recipe courtesy McCoy’s Oceanfront at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa.
• 1.5 oz Bacardi tangerine
• .5 oz Grand Marnier
• 1 oz cranberry infused simple syrup
• Spoonful of cranberry compote
• Splash of ginger beer
Serve in a highball with mint garnish and a cranberry
Recipe courtesy jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, AZ.
• 1 ½ oz Laird’s Applejack
• 1 oz Espresso
• ½ oz cinnamon syrup
• Float with peppermint cream (whipped cream flavored with peppermint)
Serve in a coupe glass ( a shallow, broad-bowled, stemmed glass) and garnish with fresh grated cinnamon.
Recipe courtesy 3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa.
• 1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
• 1/2 oz. Vanilla vodka
• 1/2 oz. Cream
• 1/2 oz. Frangelico
• 1/2 oz. Chocolate liqueur
Build in glass with a peppermint rim and top with whipped cream and cherry.
Recipe courtesy KANU Lounge at Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY.
• 2 oz vanilla vodka
• .5 oz cherry liquor (bottom float)
• .5 oz white crème de cocoa
• 1 oz Godiva white chocolate
• .75 oz peppermint syrup
Shake and strain in glass rimmed with crushed peppermint candy.
Recipe courtesy Seaway Grill at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton, NY.
• ¾ oz Apple Pie Moonshine
• ¾ oz Vanilla Vodka
• 1 oz Cranberry juice
• 1 ½ oz ginger ale
Build in a hurricane glass (tall glass with a fluted bowl shape) and garnish with an apple slice.