Christmas Cocktails

In case you want something stronger than eggnog.

Recipes by Terry Cermak + Photos by W Photography

Baby, it’s cold outside! What better way to warm up than with a few Christmas cocktails? Local spirit specialist Terry Cermak crafted these merry libations, perfect for washing down cookies or spicing up your holiday party. Everyone will be feeling jolly after sipping on these festive concoctions.

The Christmas Mule


2 ounces Bulrush Gin

10 mint leaves

1/2 ounce St. Germain

3⁄4 ounce lime juice

2 ounces ginger beer


Muddle mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add gin and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice; top with ginger beer and garnish with a mint sprig.

The Nutcracker


2 ounces Rivulet Pecan Liqueur

1 1/2 ounces Solera Blood Orange Liqueur


Add ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled Collins glass.

The Hogmanay

For nearly 400 years, the celebration of Christmas as we know it was banned in Scotland. In its stead, the Scottish New Year’s festival, Hogmanay, always has been a day’s long party.


2 ounces Stroma

1/2 ounce ginger liqueur

1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

2-4 drops spiced cherry bitters


Add Stroma to a chilled Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Add the cherry bitters. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds and top with club soda (or champagne).

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