5 Easy Cocktails For Your Holiday Party


Entertaining can be exhausting, but it doesn’t need to be that way. If you’re looking for no-nonsense, simple drinks to serve your guests during the holiday season, here’s your go-to guide. There’s something for everyone, from vodka aficionados to gin lovers to coffee liqueur fans, in these five cocktails. The garnishes are optional, which means the prep is even easier. Pick a recipe and give it a go — you’ll be shaking up sippers like a pro in time (a true mixologist in the making) without spending too much time away from your guest(s).

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Tenure England Holiday Punch

  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups Tenure England Vodka
  • 2 cups lemonade
  • 2 cups ginger ale
  • Mint leaves
  • Fresh cranberries

Mix all liquid ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl (you’ll need about a three-quart or larger). Serve over ice, garnished with fresh mint and cranberries. Serves eight.

Irish Winter Spiked Coffee

  • 3 ounces Jameson Irish whiskey
  • 1 1/2 ounce Kahlúa coffee liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounce Irish cream liqueur
  • 8 ounces coffee (freshly brewed)
  • Garnish: whipped cream

Combine ingredients in a mug or Irish coffee glass. Stir to combine. Top with whipped cream. Serves two.

Rosemary’s Baby

for rosemary’s baby

  • 4 ounces Short Path Distillery’s Winter Gin
  • 2 ounce cranberry
  • 1/2 ounce lime
  • 2 ounce fig syrup*
  • Rosemary sprig garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker, fill with ice, and shake until chilled. Double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a single rosemary spring. Serves two.

for the fig syrup

  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 7/8 cups quartered dried mission figs

Add water to saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Add figs and allow mixture to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain out 2 cups of water and set aside, discarding remaining figs and seeds. Combine fig water with sugar, and stir until dissolved. Add to a sealed container and refrigerate. Yields about four cups and keeps up to one month.

Vanil Hot Chocolate

  • 1 1/2 parts Stoli® Vanil™
  • 1/2 part coffee liqueur
  • 4 parts hot chocolate
  • Marshmallows

Mix liquid ingredients together. Serve topped with marshmallows for garnish.

Rossa Fizz

  • 2 orange segments
  • 2 teaspoons of Muscovado sugar (or alternatively, use plain sugar)
  • A splash of soda
  • 1 oz of gentian liqueur or aperitif
  • Top up with Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa

In the bottom of a sturdy, large glass (14 oz capacity), gently muddle the orange with the sugar and let it combine well by adding a splash of soda. Add some ice cubes, the gentian liqueur or aperitif and top it up with Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa. Decorate with another orange segment and a twig of rosemary.

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