This holiday season you can be the queen or the king of entertainment! With so many parties to attend and gatherings to host you need to be prepared to wow everyone. To be the perfect host there are three things you definitely need to keep in mind: good music, delicious food, and tasty drinks.

Having a cocktail or two is the perfect way to relax and enjoy a great time, but if on top of that you are the one making them that definitely adds a special touch. Find below five recipes that not only will crown you as the best host or hostess ever, but also will keep your guests always looking forward to attending one of your get-togethers. 

Cheers!

Ginger Snap Penicillin

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Buchanan’s DeLuxe 12-Year-Old
  • 3⁄4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/8 oz. Honey syrup
  • 3/8 oz. Sweetened Ginger Juice
  • Garnish: Candied Ginger
  • Glassware: Rocks
  • Ice: Cubed (pref. Large rock)

Preparation

Combine Buchanan’s DeLuxe 12-Year-Old, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with candied ginger.

Baileys Caramel Shortbread Latte

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Hot Coffee
  • 1 cup Hot Milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Shortbread Cookies

Preparation

Combine Baileys Original Irish Cream, hot coffee, and hot milk in a glass. Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce drizzle, and shortbread cookie crumbles.

Espresso Old Fashioned

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio 70
  • 3 dashes Espresso Bean-Infused Angostura Bitters*
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters
  • 1/4 tsp Agave Syrup
  • Orange Peel for garnish
  • Dark Chocolate-covered Espresso Beans for garnish
  • Glassware: Rocks
  • Garnish: Orange peel, Dark Chocolate-covered Espresso Beans

Preparation

Combine Tequila Don Julio 70, espresso bean-infused angostura bitters, orange bitters, and agave syrup into a mixing glass with ice. Stir well. Pour contents into a rocks glass over a fresh large ice cube. Squeeze orange peel (outside facing away from you) in the direction of the glass.

Orange Harvest T&T

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Ingredients

  • 1.25oz Tanqueray No. TEN
  • Tonic Water (top)
  • Glassware: Copa Glass
  • Garnish: Blood Orange Wheel
  • Floral Garnish: Blood Orange
  • French Thyme
  • Orange Dahlia

Preparation

 Add ice to glass with Tanqueray No. TEN. Top with tonic. Place a blood orange wheel on the rim of the glass. Fix floral garnish to the rim of glass using a cocktail pick.

Scotch & Pear Cider

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Ingredients

  • 0.5 oz Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire
  • 0.5 oz Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice
  • 0.5 oz Caramel
  • 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
  • Top with Pear Cider
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Glassware: Double Rocks
  • Garnish: 2 Pear Slices & Cinnamon Powder Rim

Method

Prepare a double rocks glass by rimming it with cinnamon powder. In a small mixing tin add a pinch of salt, caramel, lemon juice, Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice, and Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire in that order. Add ice to the top. Cover with large shaker tin and shake vigorously for 7-10 seconds (Tins will become ice cold in your hands). Strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass. Top with Pear Cider. Garnish with 2 Pear Slices. Enjoy!