Holiday Cocktail Recipes

With Thanksgiving nearly upon us and a slew of other holidays on the horizon, it’s time to pull out cocktails that you don’t make any other time of the year.  Drinks with ingredients like pumpkin puree and vanilla liqueur are acceptable and downright tasty during the judgment-free holidays, when festiveness trumps sensibility.

The below cocktail recipes utilize some seasonal flavors as families everywhere gear up for the holidays with a drink in hand.

Pumpkin Egg Nog

1 1/2 ounces Appleton Estate Reserve Rum
1/2 ounce Navan vanilla liqueur
1 ounce egg nog
1 ounce pumpkin purée
4 dashes Angostura bitters
1 bar spoon real maple syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Optionally, add a topper of whipped cream.

Apple Pie Cocktail

1 ounce white rum
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1 teaspoon Applejack brandy
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grenadine

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

maple leaf cocktailMaple Leaf

1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce real maple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Apple Pie Martini

2 ounces apple cider
1.5 ounces Navan vanilla liqueur
1 ounce vodka
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 pinch cinnamon

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Written by Kevin Gray


  1. Shana · November 27, 2009

    Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! I wanted to take a minute to share with you the cocktail we made at our house with the new Seagram’s 7 Dark Honey. This stuff is brand new to the market and a little hard to find but its sooo good and not expensive at all! Under $20, $15 in some stores 🙂

    I definitely recommend this cocktail, make it in batches and serves the whole group!


    1 gallon fresh apple cider
    1 cup Seagram’s 7 dark honey whiskey

  2. Sam Sotiropoulos · December 2, 2009

    Hey, great cocktails! As a Canadian, I especially appreciate the Maple Leaf. Love it! I tried it earlier tonight. I even have a boourbon barrel aged maple syrup that works wonderfully in this mix: Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

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