Seven Spirited Holiday Cocktails

Seven Spirited Holiday Cocktails

Get into the holiday spirit with these festive cocktails from William Grant & Sons. The family-owned distillery with a diverse portfolio of award-winning, super-premium liquor brands has seven cheerful cocktails that will make any get-together merry and bright.

On Christmas Day in 1887, the first drop flowed from the copper stills at William Grant’s distillery that he built by hand with the help of his seven sons and two daughters. To this day, Glenfiddich remains independently owned by the fifth generation of the same pioneering family. Make the Royal Highlander a part of your family holiday traditions and who knows, the cocktail tradition might last for five generations.

Royal Highlander created by Glenfiddich Ambassador, Allan Roth

2 parts Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

½ part Sweet Vermouth

½ part Cocchi Americano

Benedictine rinse

Sparkling Wine, to top

Pour ½ ounce of Benedictine in a coupe, swirl, and discard.  Add remaining ingredients except the sparkling wine to a mixing glass and stir with ice.  Strain into the Benedictine rinsed coup.  Top with approximately an ounce of dry or off-dry sparkling wine.

The holidays are stressful enough, that’s why the Celebración punch is just the thing for a gathering of any size. But don’t take our word for it, see what the creator Jaime Salas, National Milagro Ambassador and creator of this cocktail has to say.

“Simply put, punches allow for consistency with the drink and help to free up your time to better host your guests at large gatherings. Your guests can self-serve as little or as much as they want while you engage and brag about how easy that delicious punch was to make.” – Jaime Salas

Celebración (Punch- Serves 4) by Jaime Salas, National Milagro Ambassador

6 parts Milagro Silver

12 parts Guava Nectar (Pink)

2 parts Ginger Simple Syrup

3 parts Lime Juice

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and mix. Top with Club Soda (Top Chico) or Prosecco and garnish with lime wheels and white edible flowers to resemble guava flowers.

Satisfy your Wanderlust without leaving your house with this curious cocktail made with Hendrick’s Gin, also known as the world’s most unusual gin because of its distinctive blend of eleven botanicals and signature infusion of cucumber and rose petals.

Wanderlust created by Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador, Mattias Horseman

2 parts Hendrick’s Gin

1 ½ parts Fresh Lemon Juice

½ part Vanilla Simple Syrup

2 parts Plumb Bitters

1 Part Brandie amarena cherry syrup

Shake all ingredients together with ice.  Double strain into chilled and sugar-coated coupe glass. Garnish with half a powdered sugar rim and one cherry with tiny amount of syrup at the bottom of the glass.

This beautiful yet simple cocktail featuring Tullamore D.E.W., the world’s only triple distilled, triple blend, triple matured whiskey, will pair wonderfully with a Pecan Pie dessert over the holiday season.

The O’Sherry created by Tim Herlihy, Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador

5 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original

1 part Sweet Vermouth

¾ part Pedro Ximénez Sherry

2 Dashes of chocolate bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, fill with ice & stir until chilled.  Strain into a coupe glass, express lemon oils & add garnish.

Gather everyone for a toast under the shimmering lights with this sparkling cocktail featuring Drambuie, a unique blend of aged Scotch whisky with a secret combination of spices, heather honey and herbs.

Apples & Honey

1 ¼ parts Drambuie

2 parts Kosher Pressed Apple Cider

¾ part Lime Juice

1 small pinch Kosher Salt

1 dash Angostura Bitters

1 part Kosher Sparkling White Wine (For dryer Cocktail 2 parts Sparkling wine)

Combine liquid ingredients and salt minus wine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain over ice. Top with Sparkling wine and garnish with thin apple slices and mint.

A crowd-pleasing cocktail for the naughty and the nice, the Scofflaw was invented in Paris at Harry’s New York Bar in the early years after the adoption of Prohibition in the United States. This cocktail brings two world together, Prohibition-era and post-Prohibition, by featuring Hudson Whiskey which emerged as the first distillery in New York State since Prohibition.   


2 parts Hudson Manhattan Rye

1 part dry vermouth

½ part fresh lemon juice

½ part grenadine

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake to mix and chill, then strain into a cocktail glass. Express lemon oils from twist over drink, and garnish with lemon twist.

Enjoy this holiday classic made with the clean, crisp spirit of Reyka Vodka. Relish this very unique vodka, born of Iceland’s magical land of volcanoes and glaciers, vast fields of lava rock, towering waterfalls of spring water and some of the cleanest air in the world.

Icelandic Egg Nog

1 ¾ parts Reyka Vodka

3 ½ parts Egg Nog

Combine ingredients into rocks glass and garnish with grated nutmeg.

The team at William Grant & Sons wishes you Happy Holidays and asks that you please measure responsibly.

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