Seasonal Spotlight - Holiday Cocktails By Raise Your Spirits

Spiced Pear

  • 1 ½ oz Pear Vodka, such as Grey Goose La Poire or Absolut Pear
  • ¾ oz Amaretto Liq
  • ½ oz *Spiced simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz Lemon juice
  • Pear slice for garnish
  • Glass – Cocktail

* Spiced Simple Syrup - combine some allspice, cloves, cinnamon stick, orange peel, 1 cup brown sugar in a medium saucepan with 1 cup of water. Boil, then simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Let cool, remove solids, bottle, and refrigerate.

Prep - Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish par slice and nutmeg.


Ginger Bliss

  • 1.5 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liq or FRUITLAB Ginger Liq
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz * Basil-infused simple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes of Peychaud's bitters
  • float chilled Sparkling Wine to the top
  • Basil leaf and lemon twist for garnish
  • Glass - Champagne flute or wide wine glass

* For basil-infused syrup, infuse simple syrup with 6 fresh basil leaves over medium heat - bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes - let cool and strain into a bottle without basil leaves.

Prep - Prepare all ingredients except sparkling wine in an ice-filled mixing glass. Shake well and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Fill sparkling wine to the top. Garnish basil leaf and lemon twist.



  • 1.5 oz Laird's Bonded Applejack Brandy
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz Maple Syrup (diluted)
  • Lemon peel for garnish
  • Glass - Rocks

Prep - Build all ingredients in an ice-filled rocks glass. Stir well. Garnish.


Gin Blossom

  • 2 oz. Bloom Gin, or other floral gin
  • 34 oz. Fresh Lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 oz. Grand Poppy Organic Aperitive
  • 14 oz. Honey syrup
  • Glass – Highball or large rocks

Prep - Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain over fresh ice in a highball or large rocks glass.


Holiday Cranberry

  • 2 oz Appleton Estates Rum
  • 1 oz Ruby Port
  • 3 oz *cranberry-fig shrub
  • Ginger Beer (or ginger ale)
  • Seltzer

Prep - Combine all ingredients, except mixers, in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain over fresh ice in a collins glass. Add equal parts ginger beer and seltzer.

*Cranberry-Fig Shrub

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 10 dried Black Mission figs, coarsely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns

Combine water, vinegar, and sugars and whisk or shake until mostly dissolved. Add cranberry juice, figs, rosemary and peppercorns; mix well to combine. Refrigerate for 24-48 hours and strain to remove solids before using.


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