12 holiday cocktail party recipes
Remember last December when we shared 12 Days of Cocktails in honor of the holidays? You’ll want to revisit some of those recipes for sure, but we’ve also got 12 MORE for ya this year! Plum & Oak Photography, Please & Thank You Liquor Bar, and The Roc Shop served up these celebratory libations and we figured, why not just wrap them all up in one mega cocktail recipe gallery? Time to pin to your heart’s content…
Cocktail Recipe #1: Chantilly Lane
Shake 1.5oz cognac, .5oz amaro, .75oz spearmint syrup, and .75oz lemon and strain over ice. Garnish with mint leaves.
Cocktail Recipe #2: ‘Tis the Season
Add 2 oz. Suntory Whiskey, bar spoon of yuzu simple syrup, dash of cardamon bitters, and a dash of angostura bitters to a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain over fresh ice in rocks glass.
How rad is the Northern Star stir stick? Major presentation points.
Cocktail Recipe #3: Cascadia
Add 1.5oz gin, .5oz spiced pear liqueur, .75oz lemon, .5oz honey, and a dash of RX Cherry Apple Bitters to a shaker. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with sliced pear + grated cinnamon/nutmeg.
Cocktail Recipe #4: Cherry Blossom
Dry shake 2oz gin, 2 drops orange flower water, .75oz lemon, .75oz black cherry cordial, and one egg white in shaker and whip vigorously. Then add ice to shaker, shake, double strain into glass.
Cocktail Recipe #5: Naughty Sour
Shake 2oz bourbon, .75oz lemon, and .75oz cane syrup in a shaker tin with ice. Strain over fresh ice. Add .5 oz cabernet sauvignon over the back of a bar spoon so it floats.
Cocktail Recipe #6: Black Snow
Shake 1.5oz charcoal infused tequila, .5 oz mescal, a dash of orange bitters, .75oz lime, and .05oz simply syrup. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with orange zest.
Get the amethyst corkscrew and bottle opener here.
Cocktail Recipe #7: Kiss from a Rosè
Shake 1oz vodka, .5oz Bruto Americano, .5oz lemon, .5oz strawberry syrup, and strain into coupe/flute and top with sparkling rosè. Garnish with strawberry.
Cocktail Recipe #8: Holiday Greenery
Combine 2oz matcha tea infused vodka, .5oz maraschino, .5oz dry vermouth, and .75oz lemon. To get the look, serve up with foil-stamped coasters.
The floral details by BeSpoke Floral and Event Design make these cocktails even prettier.
Cocktail Recipe #9: Spice Merchant
Add 2oz Malahat Spiced Rum, .5oz fresh-squeezed orange juice, .75oz lime, and .5 oz cinnamon simple syrup to a shaker. Shake then double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with orange zest.
And doesn’t House of Andaloo have the bestest glassware ever? Their collection is incredible.
Cocktail #10: Winter Smash
Shake 1oz bourbon, 1oz apple brandy, .75oz lemon, .75oz strawberry syrup and 3-4 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into glass with crushed ice. Garnish with strawberry and mint.
Cocktail Recipe #11: Warm and Cozy
Add .75oz light rum, .75oz dark rum, .75oz horchata syrup, .75oz lime, and .5 oz fresh cream to shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into glass and garnish with grated cinnamon/nutmeg. Add this modern Christmas tree if you’re feeling festive!
Gotta love that boho gemstone stir stick for a party.
Cocktail #12 Everything Nice
Build 1oz rye, 1oz bourbon, a bar spoonful of vanilla bean syrup, and a dash of chocolate bitters + orange bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Stir then strain over fresh ice and garnish with orange zest and vanilla bean.
Which will you sip first? Shoutout to the folks below for the fantastic recipes + party ideas!
Photographer: Elyse of Plum & Oak Photography / Venue: Moniker Warehouse / Cocktails: Stephen Ohallaran of Please & Thank You Liquor Bar / Design, Barware, & Laser Cut Drink Stirrers: Nic Roc of The Roc Shop / Florist: Leah Bloom of BeSpoke Floral and Event Design / Glassware: House of Andaloo / Amethyst Barware: Aroara Industries