Holiday Cocktail Recipes for Every Occasion

By Ray Foley

Here are several drinks you can serve on holidays throughout the calendar year. Sure, you can have green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, but where’s the fun in that? Sample something different.

New Year’s Eve: Midnight Cocktail

3 oz. Dry Champagne

1/2 oz. Goldschläger

Fill a champagne flute with chilled Champagne, leaving room at the top. Pour in the Goldschläger.

Make sure to include a few flakes of gold!

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Special

3-1/2 oz. Fragoli

1/2 oz. Godiva Liqueur

Shake. Serve on the rocks with Candy Kisses as a garnish.

St. Patrick’s Day: Nutty Irishman

1 part Carolans Irish Cream Liqueur

1 part Frangelico

Shake all ingredients and serve as a shot. Serves 3.

Easter: Bunny Hop

2 oz. Teton Glacier Potato Vodka

1/2 oz. Creme Yvette/Parfait Amour

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Rim the glass with sugar for extra flare.

Cinco De Mayo: Iguana

1/2 oz. Tarantula Reposado Tequila

3/4 oz. 360 Vodka

3/4 oz. Coffee Liqueur

Combine ingredients over ice and serve in a rocks glass.

Independence Day: Apple Pie

1 oz. Vodka

1/2 oz. Apple Schnapps

1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice

Dash Powdered Cinnamon

Combine ingredients in a shaker and serve straight up in a shot glass. Serves 3.

Halloween: Bloody Brew

1/2 oz. Sobieski Vodka

4 oz. Beer (your choice)

4 oz. Tomato Juice

Dash Tabasco

Salt and Pepper

Combine ingredients in a tall glass and garnish with a Lemon Wedge or any of the following: Pickle, Green Bean, or Celery Spear. Serves 4.

Thanksgiving: Wild Thanksgiving

1 oz. Wild Turkey

1 oz. Apple Brandy

1/2 oz. Lime Juice

2 oz. Cranberry Juice

Combine over ice and garnish with Mint. Serves 2.

Hanukkah: Israeli Sunrise

1-1/2 oz. Sabra

1 oz. Vodka

2 tbsp. Softened Orange Sherbet

Combine Sabra and Vodka. Stir into Softened Sherbet. Serve in a rocks glass.

Christmas: Gingerbread Man

1-1/2 oz. Vanilla-Flavored Vodka

4 oz. Ginger Beer

Pour Vodka over a couple of ice cubes in a cocktail glass. Add Ginger Beer, garnish with a Cherry, and serve.