The Best Cocktail Recipes to Try this Holiday Seasons

I certainly don’t need a holiday to enjoy my favorite cocktails, but it doesn’t hurt to have just another excuse to imbibe.  Here are a few holiday inspired choices, but you can’t go wrong with any of my previous favorites like a Negroni, Boulevardier and Last Word.

1. Winter Bourbon Smash: A Bourbon smash is a classic cocktail, but this one has a bit of a twist by using the jam or preserves instead of fresh berries.


  • 1 oz of your favorite jam or preserves (blackberry or raspberry is a good choice)
  • 2 oz of Bourbon (or Rye)
  • 1 oz of Triple Sec
  • 2 oz of orange juice
  • Splash of sparkling water
  • Orange segment (for garnish)



  • Add jam, Bourbon, Triple Sec and orange juice to shaker with ice
  • Shake it up
  • Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice
  • Top with splash of sparkling water
  • Garnish with orange segment

2. Cinnamon-Rosemary Old Fashioned: Another classic, but with a nod to Winter in the cinnamon rosemary simple.


  • 4 Tsp of cinnamon rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 oz of Bourbon
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel for garnish
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish


  • Pour cinnamon rosemary simple syrup and bitters into rocks glass and swirl
  • Pour in Bourbon and add orange peel and ice
  • Stir in glass
  • Add Rosemary sprig for garnish

Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup


  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 cinnamon sticks


  • Put all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat
  • Stir until honey is dissolved
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool
  • Store any unused syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator

 3. The Indian Summer: Something fun to try with the addition of St. Germain for the floral kick.


  • 2 oz of Gin
  • ¾ oz of St. Germain Liqueur
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 6 Concord grapes



  • Add grapes to shaker and muddle until thoroughly crushed
  • Add the Gin, St. Germain, lemon juice and ice
  • Shake for 15 seconds
  • Strain into chilled coupe (or martini) glasses and garnish with remaining grapes

4. Bushwick Spice Trade

Not only is the Bushwick Spice Trade a great drink, but the presentation is beautiful.


  • 3 oz of gin
  • 2 sugar cubes
  • ¾ oz of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 slices of fresh ginger (plus one slice for garnish)
  • 1 tsp of Pink peppercorns
  • 2 basil leaves



  • Add sugar cubes, lemon juice, ginger Pink peppercorns and basil to the shaker
  • Muddle all the above ingredients in the shaker until thoroughly crushed and sugar is dissolved
  • Add Gin and ice and shake it up
  • Strain into chilled coupe (or martini glasses) and garnish with ginger slice 

5. The ‘Nog (makes 2 drinks)

Finally, what would any list of holiday drinks be without some sort of Egg Nog?  I’m not a huge fan of Nogs, but this one should do the trick.Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz of Bourbon
  • 1 ½ oz of Dark Rum
  • 2 scoops of Vanilla ice cream
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of ground nutmeg (fresh if you can) plus a pinch for garnish


  • Add Bourbon, Rum, ice cream, cinnamon and nutmeg to shaker
  • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds
  • Strain the mixture into chilled coupes (or martini glasses) and garnish with remaining nutmeg 

I hope you enjoy one of the above (or more than one of the above!)  Please post any photos and tag #shitthatiknit (extra credit for crafting the cocktail wearing a beanie!)  Whatever you do, have a wonderful holiday season and thank you for your STIK support!


Peter S,

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