3 Delish Cocktail Recipes That Will Warm You Up This Holiday Season


This article originally appeared in the October print issue of LOCALE Magazine.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

Temperatures sink while the party turns up every holiday season. While we don’t typically play bartender on the daily, ‘tis the season to test out some new recipes. That’s why we’re gifting you an exclusive guide to our favorite spiked holiday beverages that’ll impress every party guest. Trust us: these cocktails are anything but “pour” decisions—no matter the occasion. So, read on, prep that Insta filter for your photogenic party favors and let’s start (responsibly) shaking it up this season!

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Apple of My Eye

Can’t make it to the apple orchards for some fresh fall apples (or more importantly, apple pie and cider)? This cocktail serves up fall in a cup, and is the next best thing. It’s sweet, spicy and packs a punch.

Hot Apple DEW Ingredients

2 oz. Tullamore DEW Original
0.5 oz. Honey
Hot Apple Juice or Apple Cider (if using cider, reduce whiskey to 1.5 oz.)
2-3 Cloves Studded
Orange Peel
Cinnamon Stick


Preheat your favorite coffee mug or glass
Add Tullamore DEW, honey, hot apple juice or cider and mix well
Garnish with 2-3 cloves, orange peel and cinnamon stick

White Christmas

We may never see a white Christmas in Southern California, so we are making our own. This hand-crafted wintery eggnog punch steps up the Christmas-time cocktail game with a nutty, cream flavor that speaks for itself.

Spiked Eggnog Punch Ingredients (Makes 10 servings):

1 c. Sailor Jerry Rum 
5 Large Eggs, Separated
½ c. Granulated Sugar
2 c. Heavy Cream
3 tsp. Almond Extract
3 tsp. Vanilla Extract
½ tsp. Nutmeg
½ tsp. Allspice


Separate egg whites and yolks
In a large bowl, whip sugar and yolks together
Add in cream, almond extract, vanilla extract and allspice
In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until they form peaks
Gently fold egg whites into the mix
Pour in Sailor Jerry Rum and mix in
Refrigerate for one hour
Garnish with nutmeg and serve with a ladle

Sweet Tooth

Cozying up by the fire with a piping cup of hot cocoa is one of our favorite Christmas memories. So, we’ve updated it with some adult fun thrown in. This new winter classic cocktail is both salty and sweet, and totally delicious.

The Sailor Jerry Hot Chocolate Ingredients:

1 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 
1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1 ½ c. Almond Milk
3 Parts Dark Hot Chocolate
Dash of Sea Salt
Whipped Cream


Heat milk and dark hot chocolate until combined smooth
Add Sailor Jerry Rum, butterscotch schnapps and sea salt and stir
Serve in a tall mug and garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon

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