‘Tis the season to pop a few bottles. Anyone can pour wine or mix your basic bar rail drinks. How about impressing your guests with something a little unique and thoughtful? It will not take you too much time to whip up a few special cocktails this holiday season. A few tweaks to your cocktail game and you will be the talk of the town. Cocktails don’t always need to be complex and these simple cocktails recipes prove it.
1. Polar Bear Espresso – Cabot Trail Maple Cream
Cabot Trail Maple Cream is made from premium pure maple syrup from Canada, using the freshest creams as a well as a blend of grain-based alcohol and rum to craft an authentic Quebec product. Cocoa cinnamon and amaretto merge with the maple, creating a powerful synergy of flavours, resulting in an intensely chocolatey finish and a fine, gossamer-like texture. The Polar Bear Espresso is great for ending holiday dinners on a warm note.
2. Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail – J.P. Wiser’s
If you’re really pressed for time, go with the J.P. Wiser’s Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail. This ‘ready to drink’ cocktail in a bottle is crafted from whisky, orange essence and natural flavours. It shows aromas and flavours of caramel, orange, cinnamon and cloves. The finish features a hint of rye. Simply pour it over ice and garnish with an orange twist and voilà; an old fashioned at your service. This is definitely the grown up way to host during the holidays.
3. Hot Voddy – Black Cow Vodka
Black Cow Vodka is made entirely from the milk of grass-grazed cows and distilled on England’s West Dorset coast. The fresh whole milk makes an exceptionally smooth vodka with a unique and creamy character. The Hot Voddy is a recipe that will warm up any grinch on your invite list.
4. Clementine Fizz – FIOL Prosecco
FIOL Prosecco is not just a bottle of bubbles, it embraces the Italian culture and way of living which are deeply rooted in the land of wines. This prosecco embodies being part of a group of friends sharing a passion for wine and enjoying every moment of life. Clementines are abundant during the holidays so why not turn them into a wonderful prosecco based cocktail?
5. Moët & Chandon
Moët & Chandon is celebrating 270 years as one of the world’s most celebrated Champagne houses. The Rosé Impérial is a soft rose-petal pink with coral highlights and a fine-textured mousse. It consists of lifted aromas and flavours of strawberry , citrus, rose petal and fresh pastry. I’m a huge fan of house of Moet and I don’t believe that their Rosé Impérial needs to be altered. The holidays always call for some celebratory bubbles so why not try some Rosé Impérial instead of your usual champagne?
6. Garden Tonic – Seedlip Garden 108 (non-alcoholic)
Seedlip Garden 108 is a non alcoholic spirit that captures the essence of the English countryside. Sophisticated top notes of hand-picked Peas & Hay and a complex herbal base character of Spearmint, Rosemary & Thyme.Their signature recipe is the Garden Tonic – the peas add a little festive hint green for any of your guests who are non drinkers or designated drivers.
7. Spice & Aromatic Tonic – Seedlip Spice 94 (non-alcoholic)
Seedlip Spice 94 is a non alcoholic spirit that is aromatic with warm spiced notes, citrussy top notes from Lemon & Grapefruit peel and a long bitter finish from the highest quality barks (Oak & Cascarilla). The Spice & Aromatic Tonic is another great non alcoholic cocktail to add to your holiday soiree.
8. Cap Chat – Chic Choc Rum
Chic Choc Spiced Rum is the first ever spiced rum infused with a bouquet of indigenous spices from the Chic-Choc Mountain region in northern Quebec. This spicy herbal nectar will surprise and delight. The Cap Chat is a delicious cocktail that all your guests will enjoy and the red goes with any holiday theme.