I love crafting seasonal cocktails around the holidays! There are so many fun flavors to play with and it can definitely help lighten the mood while the family is waiting for Christmas dinner to be ready.
Traditionally, my family hosts for Christmas and we try to make a cocktail or special beverage each year. In the past we’ve made holiday sangria, attempted eggnog, and always have wine available. This year I wanted to try something easy and different so I made a Maple Old Fashioned. The men in my family LOVE bourbon and, sadly, we almost never cater to that around the holidays. This recipe is low in ingredients and is a super quick cocktail! I actually had everything except an orange on hand.
Maple Old Fashioned:
- 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon; I used Woodford Reserve
- 1-2tsp of Maple Syrup (I would use this to your liking but don’t go too heavy or you’re going to end up with a sugar shot)
- 1-2 dashes of bitters
- 1 orange peel for garnish (I also rubbed the inside of the orange around the rim of the glass but, to be honest, don’t know if that did anything I just saw it in a bar once)
- 1-2 large ice cubes
- Pour the bourbon, maple syrup, and bitters in a glass and stir util combined
- Add ice
- Garnish with orange and rub around the rim if you would like
For my champagne lovers, last year I made a cranberry champagne cocktail that is a beautiful Christmas drink! It took a few more steps and ingredients because you will need to make your own cranberry simple syrup but this one if definitely a crowd pleaser! It’s so festive too! You can find a similar recipe to the one that I used here. The one that I linked is even easier because you can swap the simple syrup for your favorite cranberry juice!
I’d love to try making my own eggnog again or attempt mulled wine one year! What are your favorite holiday beverages? Are there any I need to try?
Happy sipping friends!