5 classic holiday cocktails with a twist to make over the festive season

Dec 15 2021, 9:59 pm

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The holiday countdown is on, and all we can think about are the festive evenings we’ll be spending with friends and family over the coming weeks.

With the temperatures dropping outside, cozying up by a fire (or the yule log channel — both work just fine) never sounded so good, especially after a long day of shopping for last-minute gifts.

If you’re looking for a cocktail to match the festive moment, you¬†could consider making classic holiday cocktails with a twist on some of your seasonal favourites. To get the ideas flowing, here are five holiday cocktail recipes to try at home.

Espresso Eggnog

Espresso Eggnog Cocktail (BCLIQUOR)

This fun take on a holiday classic is incredibly easy to make, and since the recipe serves two people, it’s a great choice for date night. To bring the espresso to life in the cocktail, you’ll need Patr√≥n XO Caf√© Coffee Liqueur. Combining Patr√≥n tequila and the essence of Arabica coffee, this liqueur is the perfect cocktail (or dessert) ingredient, but it can be enjoyed neat too. However you serve it, you can anticipate notes of freshly roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and agave.¬†

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. (180 ml) eggnog (use your favourite brand of eggnog base)
  • 3 oz. (90 ml) Patr√≥n XO Caf√©
  • ground cinnamon, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the eggnog according to your favourite brand of eggnog base.
  2. Measure eggnog and Patrón XO Café into a cocktail shaker or blender without ice.
  3. Shake or blend then strain the liquid neat into two cups and garnish with a light sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
  4. This eggnog cocktail can be served cold or optionally, served hot by microwaving for one minute.

Nutty Eggnog

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Nutty Eggnog Cocktail (BCLIQUOR)

In the midst of the holiday bustle, schedule a time to catch up with a friend and sit back to enjoy a cocktail (this recipe makes enough for two). Like any good libation, the ingredients make this nutty eggnog cocktail shine, including Frangelico Liqueur, an Italian hazelnut liqueur blended with coffee, vanilla, and cocoa — presented in a bottle shaped like Franciscan friar‚Äôs cassock (robe).¬†Bacard√≠ Gold Rum¬†adds to this with spectacularly rich flavours of caramel, vanilla, toffee, ripe bananas, brown sugar, and orange zest.

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. (180 ml) eggnog (use your favourite brand of eggnog base)
  • 2 oz. (60 ml) Frangelico¬†
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) Bacard√≠ Gold Rum
  • grated chocolate, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the eggnog according to your favourite brand of eggnog base.
  2. Measure eggnog, Frangelico, and rum into a cocktail shaker or blender without ice.
  3. Shake or blend, then strain neat into two cocktail coupes.
  4. Garnish with a light sprinkle of grated chocolate.

The Classic Toddy

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Classic Toddy Cocktail (BCLIQUOR)

If you’re ready to change things up from a cold cocktail to a slightly more retro option as you celebrate with family, consider the classic hot toddy. Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey¬†is a wonderful base for this cocktail because its character comes from the correct balance of mature whiskeys blended. The nose of this medium amber-gold-in-colour whiskey presents a mild blend of lemony, spicy, and malty notes with undertones of vanilla and charred wood. Meanwhile, a light citrus fruitiness rounds out the warming palate of toasted wood, vanilla, and hints of sweet spices.

Ingredients:

  • ¬Ĺ oz. (15 ml) lemon juice
  • ¬Ĺ oz. (15 ml) honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1¬Ĺ oz. (45 ml) whisky
  • 6 to 8 oz. (180 to 240 ml) hot water

Instructions:

  1. The classic recipe for a single hot toddy is 1¬Ĺ oz. (45 ml) whisky mixed with ¬Ĺ oz. (15 ml) each lemon juice and honey, topped with about 6 to 8 oz. (180 to 240 ml) hot water and stirred with a cinnamon stick. (If you‚Äôre making a batch, that‚Äôs a 3:1 ratio of spirit to sour and sweet.)
  2. You can adjust the sweetness to taste. Blended scotch and Canadian whiskies work well, as does a spicy, fruity Irish whisky like Tullamore D.E.W.

Tropical Toddy

A tropical toddy from BCLIQUOR

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If you find yourself regularly daydreaming about tropical destinations during winter, this cocktail is a must-try. Starring aged Jamaican rum¬†Appleton Estate 8-Year-Old Reserve Rum, it’s a real treat for any hot toddy enthusiast. The rum is known for its smoothness and no sugar is added before bottling. You can expect the addition of vanilla and baking spice notes coupled with lush aromas of apricot and candied orange peel in this tropical cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • ¬Ĺ oz. (15 ml) lime juice
  • ¬Ĺ oz. (15 ml) brown sugar
  • Mini marshmallow and 1¬Ĺ oz. (45 ml) aged rum
  • 6 to 8 oz. (180 to 240 ml) hot water

Instructions:

  1. Follow the same method as a classic hot toddy.
  2. Use tropical lime for your sour component, but instead of honey, lean on best-quality brown sugar (natural cane sugar or demerara sugar) to sweeten.
  3. Garnish with a mini-marshmallow toasted with a culinary torch.

Gin & Juice Toddy

Gin & Juice Toddy from BCLIQUOR

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Ginthusiasts don’t have to miss out on the chance to try a winter warming cocktail because this recipe infuses the distilled spirit in a new approach to a classic hot toddy. For an impeccably smooth and alluring finish that offers a delicate balance of subtle floral notes, gentle spice, and a soft citrus finish, you can use Hendrick‚Äôs Lunar Gin. This gin boasts a built-in botanical profile of honeysuckle and rose, juniper and peppercorn, and a welcome flavour of Pink Lady apple.

Ingredients:

  • ¬Ĺ oz. (15 ml) grapefruit juice
  • ¬Ĺ oz. (15 ml) honey
  • 1 honeycomb stirrer or honey stick
  • 1¬Ĺ oz. (45 ml) gin
  • 6 to 8 oz. (180 to 240 ml) hot water

Instructions:

  1. Follow the same method as a classic hot toddy.
  2. Choose a wildflower or clover honey to sweeten, and brighten it with a squeeze of tart grapefruit juice.
  3. Little wooden honeycomb stirrers or honey sticks (a straw-like single serving of sweet nectar) make cute garnishes.

To find more holiday cocktail recipes, read the latest issue of TASTE Magazine here. You can also visit your local BCLIQUOR store to get expert advice from friendly staff.

To get the latest updates on sales, new products, and special releases, follow @BCLiquorStores on Instagram.

As always, please remember to enjoy drinks responsibly.

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