6 Favorite Festive Cocktail Recipes for the Season

Inspired by a list created by San Francisco Magazine, we’ve gathered 6 holiday cocktail recipes for a twist on classic favorites that you can create in your home at The Morgan.  A bar cart is not just a place for booze storage—it’s a statement piece. Create yours and deck it out for the season. It’s the perfect way to set the scene and welcome guests to a classy soiree! The Apartment Bartender brings bar-worthy sips home – and with his spot-on guidance and expert tips, you’ll soon be stirring, shaking, and garnishing like a pro. Raise a glass to feeling merry and bright all season long. The team at The Morgan in San Mateo’s Bay Meadows neighborhood wishes you the warmest of holidays!

Cardamom Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is a staple of the colder months and holiday season that’s been around for literal centuries. See what all the fuss is about and make it a tradition in your home with this recipe from Chambord.

1 oz Chambord
6 oz good-quality red wine
1 oz apple juice
1 bag chai tea
⅛ tsp cardamom
A pinch black pepper

Directions: Place all of the ingredients into a pot and bring to medium heat. Once the mixture starts to simmer, reduce the heat and cover. Let steep for 5 to 10 minutes, and strain the tea bags. Serve!

Belvedere Hot Toddy
Belvedere knows a thing or two about celebration, and for its holiday recipe, the vodka company goes with a classic: the hot toddy!

1 oz Belvedere vodka
1½ oz hot water
1 oz French fortified wine
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz ml honey
1 cinnamon stick
Fresh grated nutmeg
Orange wedge

Directions: Add hot water to heat a glass mug, then honey to melt. Add remaining liquid ingredients. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange wedge, and top with freshly grated nutmeg. Option to pierce orange wedge with 3 cloves.

Winter Sparkling Sangria
This sangria, created by Skyy Vodka, is filled with holiday flavors of orange and cranberry. Mix blood orange-infused Skyy with sparking wine, champagne or prosecco for a fizzy treat.

2 parts Skyy Infusions Blood Orange
¾ part simple syrup
¾ part lime juice
1 part cranberry juice cocktail
Top with sparkling wine (champagne or Cinzano Prosecco)

Directions: Combine all ingredients over ice in a wine glass, adding sparkling wine. Garnish with blood orange crescent and handful of cranberries.

White Cranberry Cosmo
Also by Skyy Vodka, this cocktail brings a holiday twist to the classic cosmopolitan. Usually made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice, this festive version features white cranberry juice to match the wintry vibes.

1½ parts Skyy Infusions Citrus
¾ part lime juice
¾ part triple sec
¾ parts white cranberry cocktail juice

Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into a coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and cranberries.

Santa Teresa 1976 Hot Buttered Rum
This recipe from Santa Teresa 1976 brings special holiday spice to your warming rum. If you don’t have pumpkin butter or don’t love the taste of pumpkin, you can use regular unsalted butter to get the same creamy effect.

2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 rum
1 teaspoon of pumpkin butter (or unsalted butter)
½ oz honey
1 dash of nutmeg
1 dash of ground cinnamon
Top with hot apple cider or (hot water)

Directions: Pour all the ingredients into a sauce pan over low heat, and stir until butter is melted and incorporated. Serve in a tea cup, and garnish with two cloves and a star anise.

What’s Good Cocktail
Fashion designer Romeo Hunte teamed with Bombay Sapphire on a specialty cocktail for bars and restaurants in New York City this holiday season. If you can’t try it on site at Ama West Village, Dante West Village, Lil Frankie’s, or Gelson and Grande, just make it for yourself! This cocktail is inspired by Hunte’s chic street designs.

1½ oz Bombay Sapphire
3 oz ginger beer
2 oz cranberry juice

Directions: Build in your favorite balloon glass or coupe, and garnish with a lime wedge, dried orange or sugared cranberries.

For more festive cocktails this holiday, visit the full list from San Francisco Magazine.  

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