The holiday season marks the end of another successful year with festivity, merriment, and, of course, specialty drinks. Send your customers into the new year with some deliciously festive drinks. Whether you’re preparing to host an ugly Christmas sweater party, or just want to make your bar feel more festive, there are plenty of drinks to help you turn your restaurant bar from static to stellar.
- The Winter Sea Breeze
This drink offers a refreshing hint of grapefruit, balanced with a hint of mint. It is sure to enliven any holiday event or gathering.
Ingredients: 1 oz. vodka, 1 oz. grapefruit juice, 2 oz. tonic water, Pomegranate seeds, Cranberries, Mint leaves.
To Make: Mix vodka, grapefruit juice, and tonic water in a cocktail shaker; fill a glass with ice and pour in the drink mixture; garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint.
- Peppermint Hot Cocoa
For those who spend most of their winters with a snow shovel in-hand, this drink offers a warm and fresh way to escape the cold.
Ingredients: 5 oz. hot chocolate, 1 oz. peppermint schnapps, Marshmallows
To Make: Prepare the hot chocolate; pour hot chocolate and schnapps into a glass and stir; garnish with marshmallows, toast with a butane torch.
- Cinnamon Candy Apple
This festive shot looks as great as it tastes. It is a great way to warm the bones after a long winter day.
Ingredients: 3/4 oz. sour apple schnapps, 3/4 oz. cinnamon whiskey or tequila, Red food coloring
To Make: Pour the apple schnapps into a shot glass; color the cinnamon liquor with red food coloring, then layer the cinnamon liquor over the schnapps with the back of a spoon before serving.
- The Snowflake
If you happen to operate in an area that doesn’t see much snow during the winter, this drink can be a great way to ensure your customers enjoy some of the white fluffy stuff this holiday season
Ingredients: Nonpareils, 5 oz. Hypnotiq, 1 1/2 oz. RumChata, 3/4 oz. vodka
To Make: Rim a martini or cocktail glass with Nonpareils; mix Hypnotiq, RumChata, and vodka into a cocktail shaker and combine; pour into the garnished glass and serve
- Salted Carmel Martini
Try this spin on a timeless classic, and watch the rave reviews come in!
Ingredients: Chocolate syrup, Caramel syrup, 2 oz. Bailey’s caramel liquor, plus extra for garnishing, Kosher salt, 2 oz. salted caramel vodka, 1 oz. chocolate vodka, 1 oz. dark creme de cocoa, 1/2 oz. half and half, 1 oz. salted caramel syrup, Dark chocolate shavings
To Make: Line martini or cocktail glass with chocolate and caramel syrups then place into the freezer until the glass hardens; rim glass with Bailey’s and kosher salt; shake the salted caramel vodka, chocolate vodka, dark creme de cocoa, half and half, salted caramel syrup, and 2 oz. of Bailey’s caramel liquor in a cocktail shaker and pour into the garnished martini glass; Garnish with the shaved dark chocolate and serve