Bring your cocktail kit to Christmas day this year and wow the relatives with these MUST TRY Christmas cocktails. Traditional Christmas ingredients including chocolate, orange and maple with hints of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg will take you back to Grandma’s kitchen. Don’t forget to SHARE the Christmas spirit on socials!
At its core, it is a very simple drink that is essentially a maple play on the Brandy Milk Punch. Although, it works all year long, it’s perfect for the holidays, with its notes of smoked fruit & baking spice. Just make sure that you use authentic maple syrup and not the phony stuff that the crappy chain restaurants serve you with your pancakes.
The Highlander shares its name with many other Scotch Whisky based cocktails – adopting their names from the Scottish Highlands which is a region in Scotland with over 47 whisky distilleries. One cocktail that goes by the same name is a Scotch variation on the Manhattan and a second featured Scotch Whisky, Mezcal and Rosemary. Inspired by the Rusty Nail this Highlander cocktail recipe by Paul Harrington is sweetened and spiced with Dom Benedictine. It was featured in The Cocktail Bible of the 21st Century published in 1998.
The addition of smoke adds depth to classic cocktails and an innovative twist to new creations. Whether a drink is shaken, stirred, or simply served neat, adding smoke to spirits is relatively easy with the techniques outlined in the videos below.
The Bobby Burns was first featured in the book 1700 Cocktails for the Man Behind the Bar with 3 variations. A combination of Scotch whiskey, sweet vermouth and a liqueur – no. 1 calls for Dom Benectine, no. 2 calls for Maraschino liqueur and no. 3 calls for Drambuie.