9 Holiday Cocktail Ideas for that Mixologist Customer

Do customers come into your store asking about holiday cocktails? Here is a list of 9 seasonal drink recipes — using popular products from your store — that you can point customers towards while helping spread some holiday cheer.

The Tree Topper

½ oz. Luxardo Bitter
½ oz. Cranberry simple syrup*
5 oz. The Hatchet cider (well chilled)
1 sprig Rosemary
1 Star anise, whole

Pour Luxardo and cranberry simple syrup into Champagne flute and top with cider. Garnish with rosemary-anise tree garnish.

* For Cranberry simple syrup
2 ¼ cups Fresh or frozen cranberries (8 oz.)
½ cup Sugar
1 cup Water

The mixologists at Sonoma Cider created this recipe.

Cinn City Santa
Cinn City Santa

Cinn City Santa

1 ½ oz. Kilo Kai Spiced Rum
¾ oz. Velvet Falernum
¾ oz. Giffard Orgeat
½ oz. Cranberry purée
½ oz. Lime juice
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

The mixologists at Rhumbar at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, created this recipe.

Santa’s Tap-Nog

1 ½ oz. Tap 357 Canadian Maple rye whisky
¾ oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso vodka
4 oz. Eggnog

Build ingredients directly into a rocks glass or highball glass and stir briefly, top with grated nutmeg.

The Cocktail Guru Jonathan Pogash created this recipe.

Apple Ginger Toddy

1 oz. Zodiac vodka
½ oz. Ginger liqueur
Hot apple cider
Whipping cream
Cinnamon stick

Combine Zodiac vodka and ginger liqueur in a footed mug. Fill with hot apple cider and garnish with whipping cream and cinnamon stick.

The mixologists at Zodiac vodka created this recipe.

Hot chocolate whith cream on top over white
Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

1 shot Crater Lake vodka
½ shot White Creme de Cacao
Splash White Creme de Menthe
3 oz. half & half

Mix ingredients over ice in cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a sugar-rimmed snifter. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

The mixologists at Crater Lake created this recipe.

Harvest Moon Eggnog

1 oz. Lavazza Santa Marta Blend coffee (brewed)
1½ oz. Apple cider
1 ½ oz. Dickel Tennessee whiskey
1 oz. Simple syrup
1 Small egg
Dash Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters

Add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an appropriate eggnog cup. Dust with nutmeg.

“King Cocktail” Dale DeGroff created this recipe for Lavazza.


3 oz. Sobieski Vanilla vodka
1 oz. White Créme de Menthe
½ oz. Baileys Irish Cream
½ oz. Peppermint Schnapps

In a shaker cup with ice, add all ingredients and stir until chilled. Pour into a chilled Martini glass garnished with white chocolate swirl and crushed candy cane on the rim. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

The mixologists at Trevi Italian Restaurant in The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas created this recipe.

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Mistletoe Kiss

Mistletoe Kiss

1 ½ parts Cruzan Estate Diamond light rum
½ part Fresh lemon juice
½ part Cream aherry
½ part Blackberry liqueur
2 parts Soda water

Combine ingredients and chill in a refrigerator 1 hour prior to serving. Pour over ice in rocks/punch glass to serve. Garnish with an orange wheel.

The mixologists at Cruzan created this recipe.


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1 oz. Skyy Cranberry vodka
¾ oz. Midori melon liqueur
½ oz. Sweet and sour
¾ oz. Apple cider

Combine ingredients and shake. Strain into rocks glass over ice and garnish with 3 cranberries.

The mixologists at Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas created this recipe.

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