Christmas is now just a few days aways and you know what that means? There’s a good chance your relatives are coming over. Whether you enjoy having a drink with them while in their company, or need to drink while in their company, today we’re sharing 3 easy and delicious holiday cocktail recipes that are each made with some of our favourite Canadian liquor brands. See below for how to make them!
The Champagne Cosmo
We’re bringing the cosmo back, baby, but this time she’s been revamped just in time for the holidays. This recipe uses vodka from Ontario-based company, Georgian Bay Spirits; the cranberry juice has been replaced with pomegranate juice from POM, and she’s topped with La Marca Prosecco.
What You Need:
- 1.5 oz Georgian Bay Spirits vodka
- 0.5 oz triple sec or Grand Marnier
- 0.5 oz POM juice
- 0.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- Dash simple syrup
- 2 oz chilled dry champagne or sparkling wine
What To Do:
- Combine the vodka, triple sec, juices, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until very cold.
- Pour into a martini glass and top with prosecco.
(view the original recipe source here)
Holiday Cranberry Lemonade
This recipe for the Holiday Cranberry Lemonade was provided by my friends at Sapsucker — the Maple Tree Filtered Water brand from Flesherton, Ontario. They generously sent over a little cocktail kit that not only included boxes of their yummy maple tree water and some recipe cards, but a bottle of Dillon’s gin (one of my faves) too! See below for how to make their festive lemonade:
What You Need:
- 1.5 oz Dillon’s Dry Gin 7
- 3 dashes Dillon’s Cranberry Bitters
- 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
- 3 oz Sapsucker Maple Water
- 0.5 oz maple syrup or simple syrup (Gracie’s suggested add)
What To Do:
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all the ingredients and shake well until chilled.
- Strain into a vintage rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with fresh cranberries.
Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned
For any lovers of the Old Fashioned out there, this version with a seasonal twist is for you. This recipe includes a homemade simple syrup that’s easy to make in a pinch, and we’ve replaced the traditional bourbon with Collingwood Whisky from Ontario.
What You Need
Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 sprigs rosemary
- 3 cinnamon sticks
For the Cocktail
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon rosemary simple syrup
- 3 dashes angostura bitters
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 orange peel
- rosemary sprig for garnish optional
What To Do
- Start with making the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine honey, water, rosemary sprigs, and cinnamon sticks over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until honey has dissolved into water. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Once cool, remove rosemary and cinnamon sticks and transfer to an airtight container.
- When ready to make cocktail, add 4 teaspoons of the cinnamon rosemary simple syrup and 3 dashes of bitters to an Old Fashioned glass. Swirl syrup and bitters around in glass. Add bourbon, ice, orange peel, and stir. Store extra simple syrup in airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!
(view the recipe source here)
Please remember to enjoy responsibly!
Happy Holidays, Everyone!