Jingle Spirits: Sip, Savor, and Celebrate with Festive Holiday Cocktails!

cocktail garnished with oranges
Photo credit Ilegal

What are some of your favorite winter/holiday traditions that involve adult beverages? We just discovered a friend’s neighborhood has an annual cocktail crawl every December, and they have a friendly cocktail competition. So, if you’re looking to impress your friends, family, or holiday guests, check out these unique and festive holiday cocktails.

Snow Globe 

cocktail garnished with a sprig
Snow globe photo credit Freeland Spirits
  • Ingredients:
    • 2 oz Freeland Forest Gin
    • 1⁄2 oz juniper simple syrup
    • 1⁄4 oz lime juice
    • 1⁄4 oz Zirbenz (stone pine liqueur)
    • 2 dashes Jamaican no. 2 bitters
    • 1 small spoon of ‘silvery white’ glitter
    • Top with tonic water (any flavor)
  • Process: Add all ingredients to a shaker tin. Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Double strain into a copa glass. Add ice and top with tonic water. Garnish with rosemary sprig and dehydrated lime wheel.

Not My Gumdrop Buttons!

cocktail glass with gingerbread man garnish
Photo credit Freeland Spirits


1 1⁄2 oz Freeland Dry Gin
1⁄2 oz Licor 43
1⁄2 oz cold brew concentrate
3⁄4 oz gingerbread simple syrup
1 oz oat milk
2-3 dashes ginger bitters

Process: Add all ingredients to a shaker tin. Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Double strain into a Nick & Nora (large size) glass. Garnish with a Gingerbread man.

Home For The Holidays 

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 oz Reese’s Puffs infused Cask Bourbon (Freeland Bourbon, of course!)
    • 1⁄2 oz toasted marshmallow simple syrup
    • 3-4 dashes smoked vanilla bitters
    • 3-4 dashes Amargo Chuncho bitters
  • Process: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 30-40 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over a large cube. Garnish with Mini Reese’s cup & mini marshmallows.

Shivering Southern Toddy

cocktail with straw
¾ oz simple syrup or honey syrup
¾ oz lemon juice
2 oz 13th Colony Southern Rye
2 oz apple cider

  • Combine all ingredients, but the cider into a shaker with pebble ice and shake for 5-10 seconds
  • Strain into a tall glass and ad 2 oz of apple cider
  • Top with pebble ice and garnish with grated cinnamon

Martha’s Southern Vineyard

cocktail with mint garnish
1 oz crème of coconut
¾ oz Lime Juice
1 ½ oz White Cranberry Juice
½ oz Orange Liqueur
1 ½ oz 13 Colony Southern Vodka

  • Combine ingredients into a sharker with ice and shake for 15 seconds
  • Strain into an old fashion glass and top with a large ice
  • Garnish with dried cranberries and rosemary

Ilegal Carajillo

2 oz espresso (or very strong coffee), cooled slightly

1.5 oz Licor 43

1.5 oz Ilegal Mezcal Reposado

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker. Shake until chilled and strain into rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with orange twist.

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