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Spread the Cheer with these Seven Christmas Cocktails

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As we coast into the holiday season, there’s a lot that needs to get done. Gifts must be bought, stockings must be stuffed, and parties must be planned—and what’s a party without a signature cocktail or two? Whether you prefer Christmas cocktails with gin, Christmas vodka cocktails, or Christmas cocktails with whiskey or rum, the seven recipes below will quell your inner Scrooge, and help you enjoy the holidays how they’re meant to be: with a drink in hand.

 

❶ The ginger snap

We’re starting off strong with a Christmas cocktail with gin: the Ginger Snap. Taking inspiration from Difford’s Guide, we put our own twist on this zippy, ginger-forward gin cocktail to create something that’s bright and effervescent, perfect for sipping as you welcome guests into your home for a Christmas gathering.

Old Fashioned Romance

    RECIPE

    • ½ oz Fiery Ginger Syrup
    • 1 ½ oz dry gin
    • ½ oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
    • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
    • 1 dash angostura bitters
    • club soda

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Add all ingredients except the ginger beer to a shaker and shake with ice for 5 seconds 
    •  Strain over ice into a tall Collins glass
    • Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon twist

    ❷ maple cinnamon old fashioned

    If you’re in the mood for something darker and richer, our maple cinnamon old fashioned is the perfect drink to sip by the fire on a cold winter night. This Christmas whiskey cocktail uses our old fashioned cocktail syrup to create something that’s equal parts classic and festive.

    RecipE 

    Instructions

    • Add all liquid ingredients to a glass and add ice.
    • Grate about 5 grates of fresh cinnamon into the glass and stir for 10 seconds.
    • Strain over fresh ice or a large cube in a rocks glass.
    • Squeeze an orange peel over the cocktail (or for extra fun, flame it.)
    • Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

    ❸ Vanilla Chai White RUssian

    This elevated take on a White Russian is the perfect vodka Christmas cocktail to finish off the night—creamy and decadent, with a hint of warm spice from our Chai Spice Tea Syrup. We created this cocktail with inspiration from Half Baked Harvest; the combination of coffee, cream, and chai make this an excellent nightcap.

    Recipe 

    Instructions

    • Add all ingredients to a rocks glass with ice.
    • Stir gently to chill and combine the liquids.
    • Garnish with a cinnamon stick or star anise pod and enjoy!

    ❹ blood orange rum punch

    Who doesn’t love a punch? And you can rest assured that this one won’t get spiked—because it already is! Taking inspiration from Martha Stewart, this Christmas rum cocktail is meant for a crowd, but can just as easily be enjoyed on your own. The recipe below makes one perfect cocktail, but it can easily be multiplied to serve as many guests as you’d like.

    Recipe 

    • ½ oz Blood Orange Cordial
    • 1 ½ oz white rum
    • ½ oz fresh lime juice
    • 1 dash orange bitters
    • 2 oz soda water

    Instructions

    • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, pitcher, or punch bowl, depending on the quantity you’re making.
    • Add ice and stir gently for 10 seconds. 
    • Strain into a punch glass.
    • Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy!

    ❺ spiced fig manhattan

    The Manhattan is a cocktail that exudes class and taste. So, why not enjoy it during the most wonderful time of the year? Our Spiced Fig Manhattan is a Christmas whiskey cocktail that adds a dark complexity to an already rich and luxurious classic cocktail.

    Recipe 

    • ½ oz Caramelized Fig Syrup
    • 2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
    • ½ oz sweet vermouth
    • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
    • ground allspice
    • fresh nutmeg

    Instructions

    • Add all liquid ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
    • Add ground allspice to taste, and stir for 10 seconds.
    • Strain into a coupe glass and grate fresh nutmeg over the top.
    • Garnish with a cherry or fig and enjoy!

    ❻ Yuletide gin and tonic

    The gin and tonic is arguably one of the most influential cocktails of all time, and what’s not to love? Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, and it packs a respectable punch. Our holiday take on the gin and tonic is a simple Christmas cocktail with gin—easy to make and even easier to drink.

    Recipe 

    • ¾ oz Premium Tonic Syrup
    • 2 oz dry gin
    • 1 oz cranberry juice
    • ¼ oz fresh lemon juice
    • rosemary garnish

    Instructions

    • Add all liquid ingredients to a tall glass with ice.
    • Stir gently to combine ingredients.
    • Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig and enjoy!

    ❼ the nutcracker

    To finish off our list, we have a Christmas vodka cocktail that’s sweet, nutty, and a ton of fun. Taking inspiration from Sweet Phi, It uses hazelnut liqueur and our Almond Orgeat Syrup to create something that’s as much a dessert as it is a drink. The Nutcracker can be enjoyed on its own, as an after-dinner drink, or even as a treat for Santa Claus.

    Recipe 

    • ¾ oz Almond Orgeat Syrup
    • 1 oz vanilla vodka
    • 2 oz Frangelico
    • 3 oz milk
    • whipped cream
    • fresh nutmeg

    Instructions

    • Add all liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
    • Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds.
    • Strain into a rocks glass and top with whipped cream.
    • Grate fresh nutmeg over the top and enjoy!

    ENjoy christmas cocktails with liber & co premium cocktail syrups

    These Christmas cocktails are perfect to enjoy on a snowy night, or they can help make your holiday gathering one to remember. Whichever cocktail you try, tag us on Instagram @liberandco, and enjoy a happy holiday season!


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