December 16, 2016 by Jeanelly Concepcion
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Winter is by far my favorite time of the year. It takes me back to my childhood, living in New York when my parents would take us to Times Square to see all the lights, window displays and skating in Central Park or Rockefeller Center. I remember getting all dressed up in plaid patterns or velvet and wearing my favorite peacoat, while my mother would wear a gorgeous velvet wrap dress and her mink coat to attend the season parties. I would dream of the day when I’d be an adult and would host my own fancy Holiday cocktail parties and for the last 5 years, that’s exactly what I’ve done. Every year, we have one big holiday party with many liquor options, but we always have one signature cocktail. Trust me, they’re always a major hit! This year Style Lush TV has teamed up with William Grant & Sons, a luxury spirits company with a portfolio of award-winning brands, like Drambuie and Hendrick’s Gin, to show you five options for your very own signature drink for your Holiday Soiree.
1. Bee’s Knees Royale
This cocktail truly has it all with the combination of Drambuie’s aged Scotch whisky with notes of heather honey, spices and herbs along with the cucumber and rose petal infused Hendrick’s Gin.
Bees Knees Royale
1 part Drambuie
1 part Hendrick’s
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part honey syrup
2 parts Champagne
Combine ingredients (except Champagne) and shake well
Strain up into a coupe
Top with Champagne
Garnish with a spritzed orange peel
2. Apples & Honey
Nothing says the Holidays like apple cider! Put a twist on the classic bubbly with this Apples & Honey cocktail featuring Drambuie aged Scotch liqueur.
Apples & Honey
1 ¼ parts Drambuie
2 parts Kosher Pressed Apple Cider
¾ part Lime Juice
1 sm 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 into double rocks glass. Top with Sparkling wine and garnish with thin apple slices and mint.
3. Sparkling Rose
For those that prefer a fruitier cocktail, the Sparkling Rose is perfect! A beautiful combination of simple syrup, watermelon juice, Rosé sparkling wine, featuring Milagro Silver, made from the finest blue agave from the Jalisco highlands, this sparkling cocktail is sure to be a hit!
1.5 parts Milagro Silver
0.25 part Simple Syrup
0.5 part Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 part Watermelon Juice
2 parts Rosé Sparkling Wine
Garnish: 1 Lemon Twist
Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake, strain and pour into a champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.
4. Cucumber 75
For those seeking a simple cocktail, with just as many bubbles, this cocktail featuring Hendrick’s Gin just needs a few more ingredients to be a party popper!
1.5 part Hendrick’s Gin
0.5 part fresh lemon juice
0.5 part simple syrup
3 wheels English cucumber
Dry sparkling wine
In a mixing glass muddle Hendrick’s, lemon, simple and cucumbers. Ice, shake well and fine strain into a flute. Top with sparkling wine.
5. Solerno Celebration Punch
If you are having a large gathering, the Solerno Celebration Punch is the way to go! Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur bursts with flavors of whole-fruit blood orange, red berries, a hint of bright lemon and orange blossoms giving it a velvety sweetness that is fitting for a holiday punch.
Solerno Celebration Punch
(serves 20-25 pp)
1 bottle Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 bottle Lillet
1 bottle dry, sparkling white wine
16 parts freshly brewed, strong, chai spiced black tea
8 parts Fever Tree Ginger Beer
8 parts fresh squeezed lemon juice
16 dashes Angostora Bitters
Garnish: cinnamon sticks and orange wedges
Over a large block of ice in a punch bowl, pour all the ingredients and stir to combine. Garnish with thinly sliced orange wheels. Serve in punch cups with a cinnamon stick and a small wedge of orange.