December is the season of holiday parties, entertaining, and celebrations with friends, family and loved ones. And of course, it is not a holiday celebration without delicious food and festive cocktails! Reyka Vodka, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Drambuie, Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Monkey Shoulder Whisky, and Hudson Whiskey have delicious cocktails to get you in the spirit for the jolly season.
Reyka’s Winter Solstice
1½ parts Reyka Vodka
½ part Lemon Juice
¼ part Simple Syrup
2 parts Pear Juice Top Champagne
Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker except champagne. Shake, serve in a coupe, top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
Reyka Vodka is an Icelandic born vodka and provides a smooth and crisp base for both complex and simple cocktails.
Sailor Jerry’s Ginger Punch
1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
¼ part fresh lemon juice
¼ part homemade ginger syrup
3 parts black tea
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is a Caribbean Rum blended with 100% natural spices and flavors.
Drambuie’s Hot Honey Butter
2 parts Drambuie
1 Heaping tbsp Natural Apple Butter
½ tbsp Unsalted Butter
6 parts Steamed Whole Milk (Or choice milk-base)
1 small pinch Kosher Salt
1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
Garnish with steamed milk foam and Cinnamon Stick
Serve in small mug/teacup
Steam milk, apple butter and spices together until hot. Double-strain into cup over butter. Stir in Drambuie. Top with additional milk foam.
Drambuie is made from a delightful combination of scotch whisky, heather honey, herbs and spices.
2 parts Ancho
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
½ part Simple Syrup (1:1)
7-9 leaves of fresh Mint
3 Lime wedges
Add mint, lime wedges and simple syrup into a shaker tin. Lightly smash the ingredients together. Add FDC, Ancho Reyes, lime juice and ice and shake. Strain all contents into a double rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.
Thé Fumée (Smoked Tea Cocktail)
1 part Montelobos
¾ part dry sherry
¾ part jasmine tea infused Dolin blanc
½ part St Germain liquor
2 dashes grapefruit bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into a nick & nora or martini glass, garnish with a dried flower.
Smoke Stack Sazerac
1 ½ parts Monkey Shoulder
1/5 part Sugar Syrup
Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Top Peach Smoke
Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Add cold dry ice and stir. Once dilution is reached strain into glass. Top with Smoke and garnish with peach smoke.
Monkey Shoulder, the mischievous malt whisky, is made for mixing in great cocktails like Show Me The Monkey.
Hudson Whiskey’s Stone Ridge
1 ½ parts Hudson Manhattan Rye
1 ½ parts fresh apple cider
4 parts Q Ginger Beer
2-3 dashes (to taste) aromatic bitters
Build over ice in a Collins glass (or tumbler/rocks glass if you prefer): apple cider, then whiskey, and fill up with ginger beer. Finally, add a few dashes of aromatic bitters. Garnish with apple slice, and serve with a straw.
Hudson Whiskey, the first legal pot-stilled whiskey distilled in New York state since prohibition, sources 90% of its grains from within 40 miles of the distillery.