Hosting a Christmas or New Year’s party? While food will most likely take center stage, this year, why not switch it up and try a specialty cocktail on your crowd? When you run by your local liquor store to pick up beer and wine, grab just a couple extra things to create a unique, wintery drink your guests will love.
Below, we’ve pulled some simple cocktail recipes you can shake up at home that feature Texas’ best local spirits. With simple ingredients, crowd favorites like Tito’s handmade vodka or Fort Worth’s own TX bourbon become the stars of the show.
When it comes to serving, either stir up a pitcher before guests arrive (and serve out of your favorite drink dispenser) or simply assemble the ingredients, provide a recipe card, and let your guests take the reigns. No matter what you decide, adding a winter cocktail to your next get-together is the perfect refreshment to break the ice, offer your guests a little something unexpected, and get them in the holiday mood.
Below, find four unique cocktails to warm up even the coldest of December days:
Apple brandy and maple syrup make this cocktail sweet and smooth, with just the right amount of zip from the aromatic bitters. Think of it as the adult version of apple cider.
- 2 oz of Austrian Farms of Texas’ apple brandy
- .25 oz maple syrup
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Tito’s smooth, classic vodka lets the citrusy fruit flavors do the talking. The spicy kick of the allspice dram warms it up, making a perfect complement for a winter get-together. (For those of you new to allspice dram, it’s a liqueur flavored with allspice berries. It may be harder to find, but it’s worth the extra lap at your local liquor store.)
Pour everything into a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover, and shake. Strain into a tall, Collins-style glass over ice and top with a splash of soda water.
The extra touch? Slide a lemon wheel onto the rim and drop in a couple of cranberries for good measure.
(adapted from Esquire Magazine)
Peppermint White “Texan”
The White Russian may be a classic, but we’re willing to bet this holiday version of the White Texan could give it a run for its money. We’ve subbed Kahlua for Austin-favorite Caffe del Fuego, a richer coffee liqueur made from Austin Roasting Company’s smoky-smooth five bean blend.
Cowtown Cold Snap
Ginger tea lends herbal flavors to this Fort Worth-style hot toddy. If you’ll be entertaining a group, make the tea ahead and warm up just before the party begins.