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Holiday Cocktail Recipes

apple pie cocktailWith the holidays fast approaching, now is the time for you to shake up your holiday cocktail repertoire with these new seasonal concoctions from some of the best bars and hotels in the U.S. Instead of just serving traditional egg nog and mulled cider, these recipes will help you take holiday drinks to new heights. Cheers!


Apple Pie a la Mode

This cocktail makes the ideal end to an autumn evening

Recipe courtesy Seaway Grill at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton, N.Y.

In a hurricane glass:

¾ oz. apple pie moonshine

¾ oz. vanilla vodka

1 oz. cranberry juice

1 ½ oz. ginger ale


Garnish with a slice of apple.


figgy cocktail Gettin’ Figgy With It


As the familiar carol goes, we won’t go until we get some of this tasty drink.

This one calls for Amaro Avena, a citrusy Italian liqueur produced on the Island of Sicily. Luxardo cherries are maraschino cherries also made in Italy that hve a sweet-tart flavor. Both are available at better liquor stores.

Recipe courtesy W XYZ Bar at Aloft Boston Seaport, Boston, MA.
Mix together:

1 ½ oz Fig Infused Privateer Rum

½ oz. Averna Amaro

½ oz. vanilla brown sugar syrup

2 dashes walnut bitters

Top with muddled orange twist and Luxardo cherry.


peppermint cocktail The Peppermint Patty

This minty cocktail will make visions of candy canes dance in their heads.

Recipe courtesy 3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, Riviera Beach, FL

Build in a glass with a crushed peppermint candy rim:

½ oz. Peppermint Schnapps

½ oz. vanilla vodka

½ oz. cream

½ oz. Frangelico

½ oz. chocolate liqueur


Top with whipped cream and a cherry.



ginger fizz cocktail Ginger Cinnamon Fizz

This one’s a grown-up gingerbread dream

Recipe courtesy McCoy’s Oceanfront at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, Pompano Beach, FL.


Mix together:

1 oz. Jack Daniel’s Bourbon

½ oz. Tennessee Fire Jack Daniel’s Cinnamon Liqueur

½ oz. Stoli Vanilla Vodka

½ oz. lime juice

½ oz. vanilla syrup

3 oz. ginger beer

Garnish with a half-moon orange wedge and a sprig of mint.



Hanzo cocktail The Hanzo

Because holiday spice is nice…

Recipe courtesy jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, AZ.


Mix together:

2 oz cinnamon smoked Bulleit Bourbon

¼ oz. five-spice simple syrup

2 dashes cardamom bitters

Garnish with orange zest.


taste holidays cocktail Taste of the Holidays

Thanks to its garland-inspired garnish, this tall red-and-green treat not only tastes but looks like the holidays.

Recipe courtesy KANU Lounge at The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, N.Y.


Build in a Tom Collins glass:

2oz Blue Line Gin

1oz Xmas syrup (orange clove nutmeg simple syrup) *

1oz cranberry juice

Splash of club soda

Add ice. Garnish with a drunken cranberry speared on a rosemary sprig.

*Note: To make orange clove nutmeg simple syrup, heat 1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar with 4 whole cloves, 1 strip orange peel (4×1 inch), ½ teaspoon nutmeg (shaved from whole nutmeg). Heat for 3 minutes until sugar dissolves. Will keep covered in the refrigerator for several weeks.


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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.