5 Drinks for Holiday Happy Hour

By Colleen McTiernan
Holiday Happy Hour

Instead of serving up the traditional eggnog or year ‘round staple drinks, dazzle your guests this holiday season with delicious cocktails for holiday happy hour! Whether you are looking for a boozy take on hot chocolate or a more festive Moscow mule, these five recipes, courtesy of Ryan Todd, sommelier at Embers Wood Grill, are sure to tickle your taste buds!

Holiday Mule

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¾ ounce pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce ginger beer

Shake all ingredients except ginger beer, then pour over ice in a mule mug. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime and pomegranate arils

Raspberry and Rosemary Spritz

  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 7 fresh raspberries (2 for garnish and 5 for cocktail)
  • 2 sprigs rosemary (1 for garnish and 1 for cocktail)

Shake all ingredients vigorously, then strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with additional rosemary sprig and raspberries.

Spiced Pear

  • 1 tablespoon pear preserves
  • 2 ounces aged rum (Todd recommends Flor de Caña 12 Years)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Shake all ingredients vigorously, then strain into a martini glass. Lightly dust the rim or top of cocktail with nutmeg.

Caramel Apple

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce Granny Smith apple juice
  • Caramel to taste

Garnish the bottom or sides of your martini glass with caramel. Shake the remaining ingredients and strain into a martini glass.

Chocolate Hot-Buttered Rum

  • 2 ounces aged rum
  • 1 ounce high cocoa dark chocolate morsels
  • 3 ounces boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cocoa

Combine all of the ingredients together, except for the marshmallow. Once well combined, pour into a glass and top with marshmallow. For an impressive finish, toast the marshmallow with a crème brûlée torch.

Tip: You can mix this drink individually, but Todd recommends making it in a pan on the stove over low heat in larger batches for a party. Just multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and add the rum after heating together.

Photos by Sincerely Gone Photography

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