This Year's Trending Holiday Cocktails

Themed cocktails are all the rage especially holiday cocktails. Bar programs aren’t just offering the typical winter favorites like hot toddy’s, eggnog, and Irish coffees. These favorites have been upgraded using elevated garnishes, ingredients, and unique glasses.  

Seattle

Sun Liquor Lounge in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle offers aged eggnog. This special holiday treat is available by the glass only on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The recipe was shared in 2012 with the Seattle Times by barman Erik Chapman and allows anyone to prepare the specialty.  

Sun Liquor Aged Eggnog  (Makes 3 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 3 pasteurized eggs
  • 1/8 and 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1.5 ounces brandy or cognac
  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 1.5 ounces molasses rum
  • 8 ounces whole milk
  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • Nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Separate egg whites from yolks and place them in separate bowls. Beat the yolks with an electric mixer until pale yellow.
  2. Slowly add the 1/8 cup sugar. Mix for 30 seconds, then slowly add brandy, bourbon, rum and milk.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add a tablespoon of sugar and mix for 20 seconds.
  4. Add the egg white mixture to the yolk mixture.
  5. In separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form and add it to the egg mixture.
  6. Spoon contents together loosely and store in glass container in the back of the refrigerator, making sure it’s 45 degrees or colder.
  7. Don’t open or mix the jar. Let it sit for at least a week. Sun Liquor suggests aging closer to a month.
  8. When ready to serve, mix the eggnog with hand mixer and serve in chilled coupe. Top with a pinch of fresh ground nutmeg.

Recipe courtesy of Erik Chapman

Vancouver

Four Seasons Vancouver Eggnog | Four Seasons 

Four Seasons Vancouver Eggnog | Four Seasons 

If eggnog is what you are looking for then a stop at the Four Seasons Vancouver YEW Bar is essential. This treat is served in a nostalgic “Christmas Vacation” Moose Mug and mixed with rum. The bar has partnered with Avalon a 108-year-old local organic dairy farm to get the freshest ingredients for the eggnog. The mug alone will get you into the holiday spirit.  

San Francisco

At Elixir in San Francisco, they feature an entire menu of holiday cocktails. The menu is sub-divided into winter warmers and winter chilled cocktails. They offer your typical eggnog and hot buttered rum holiday favorites but also offer some real unique boozy delights. The cocktails highlighted below feature a infused bourbon with holiday spices, a rum cocktail with pumpkin butter, and of course a holiday punch.  

  • The Hot Kentucky Pilgrim-Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon infused with Cardamom, Cinnamon and dried Cranberry, Luxardo Maraschino, Fresh Lemon and Demerara syrup 
  • The Homecoming- Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum, Warre’s 10 yr Tawny Port, pumpkin butter and lemon juice: shaken and served up with a speared cherry
  • Old Sydney Town Punch- Genevieve Genever, St. Elizabeth’s All Spice Dram, Pineapple Gum Syrup, Meyer Lemon Juice, Orange Juice; served short and over

New York City

At the Stone Rose Lounge in New York City, they offer a Snowday Cocktail. This is a hot cocktail featuring Nutella hot chocolate, Frangelico, and whipped cream. The Nutella craze is still happening and now it’s in your holiday cocktail.  

Another NYC favorite, Tipsy Parson offers a Sweater Weather Cocktail. This cocktail features enough holiday spices to take through the entire holiday season. The cocktail has Rum, Allspice Dram, Honey Water, Luxardo Cherry Liqueur, Lemon, and Ålander Spiced Rum Floater.  

In addition to the venues above, NYC is showing their holiday spirit with a Christmas themed pop-up bar in East Village called Miracle on Ninth Street. This pop up is open now through December 23rd and is laced with holiday décor and music including a “Hanukkah Hideaway.” This space showcases the following cocktails:

  • Jingle Ball Nog- Hay, Butter Fat-Washed Cognac, Almond Milk, Spices, Eggs and Cream
  • Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel (not made of clay)- Chocolate-Gelt Infused Reposado Tequila, Maple Syrup, Pedro Ximinez Sherry and Black Walnut Bitters

What is your favorite holiday cocktail?  Do you have a holiday cocktail tradition?