These 5 Spirited Holidays Require the Best Libations

Wednesday 26th, December 2018 / 10:49 Written by
These 5 Spirited Holidays Require the Best Libations

These 5 Spirited Holidays Should be Celebrated with Great Cocktails

December & January are filled with a cornucopia of spirited holidays featuring hot and cold adult beverages, from the Irish Coffee to the Bloody Mary. Below, please find some delicious recipes from the family-owned and -operated William Grant & Sons who had an award-winning 2018.

2018 in Review

WGS was named “Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year” at the 2018 International Spirits Challenge awards and International Wine & Spirits Competition, and “Distiller of the Year” 12 times in the last 13 years (including 2018). Hendrick’s Gin Master Distiller Lesley Gracie was also awarded the title “Distiller of the Year” at the World Gin Awards 2018. FMPR is honored to have WGS as a client for the last five years.  

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve* 

Countdown to 2019 with the sparkling Apples & Pears cocktail featuring the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, Glenfiddich 12 Year Old.

The Apples & Pears

1 part Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

1 part club soda

1 part non-alcoholic apple cider

½ part fresh lemon juice

¼ part Drambuie

2 dashes Angostura bitters 

Combine the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, lemon juice, Drambuie, and bitters. Shake briefly and pour into a flute.  Add club soda and cider. Garnish with a lemon twist. 

*For additional sparkling cocktail recipes, click here.


Jan 1 – Bloody Mary Day

Start the New Year off right with a Bloody Mary! The exceptionally smooth and crisp taste of Reyka Vodka beautifully complements the heat in this Bloody Mary.

 Mozzarella Caprese Bloody Mary

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2 parts Reyka Vodka

4 parts fresh Bumble tomatoes, juiced

1 dash Tabasco

1 dash Worcestershire

Pinch of salt & pepper

¼ part lemon juice

Combine all ingredients into shaker and roll. Pour into Collins glass and garnish with mozzarella balls and basil sprig.


Jan. 11 – Hot Toddy Day

 If you want to spice up your traditional Hot Toddy, look no further. National Milagro Ambassador Jaime Salas explains his inspiration behind his version of the classic cocktail.

 “Lately I have been drawn to using cloves both in the kitchen and when making cocktails. It’s a great warming spice adopted by natives of present day Mexico with the arrival of the Spanish and can now be found in present day Mexican cuisine, including traditional.”

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 Hot Toddy by Jaime Salas, National Milagro Ambassador

1 ½ parts Milagro Añejo

1 part agave nectar

4 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 whole star anise

4 parts boiling water

1 lemon wheel

Combine agave nectar, spice and tequila in a heat resistant snifter or mug. Add boiling water. Squeeze lemon, drop it in, and store until agave nectar has melted. 


Jan. 25 – Irish Coffee Day

 Celebrate Irish Coffee Day with the world’s second largest Irish whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W. Its unique blend of all three types of Irish whiskeys creates a taste that is three times smoother.

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Irish Coffee – created by Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W.

2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original

Top with Freshly Brewed Hot Coffee

1 tbsp Brown Sugar

Heavy Cream, Slightly Whipped

Preheat a clear-stemmed glass with very hot water. Add the sugar and brewed coffee and stir well. Once sugar has melted, stir in in the whisky. Gently whip the heavy cream by shaking it in a protein shaker with a blender ball – you want a still somewhat loose, not stiff consistency. Pour the cream over the back of a hot teaspoon to top the drink (and prevent cream from penetrating the top of the drink). Finally, garnish with grated nutmeg or cinnamon for spicy finish.


Jan. 31 – Hot Chocolate Day

 Give this childhood classic an adult twist with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, a Caribbean Rum blended with 100% natural spices and flavors, blended and bottled in America.

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SJ & Hot Chocolate

1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

1 ½ parts Butterscotch Schnapps

3 parts Hot Chocolate

Dash of Orange bitters

Add equal parts liquor to hot chocolate, top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or candy cane.


**The team at William Grant & Sons wishes you Happy Holidays and asks that you please measure and drink responsibly.**

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