With all the cocktail parties, dinners and shindigs, the festivities seem a little endless. The solution? To out-cocktail the rest of course! Here, some of the best mixologists and bartenders and their top picks for this season…
Cocktail To Try: The Chandon Merry Whatever!
There are literally two ingredients in this pretty little coup glass. No need to shake either. Just top with a garnish of your choice (the prettier the better!) and a fun festive stirrer.
The Chandon Merry Whatever!
- 3 oz Chandon Brut (use the limited edition holiday bottle for extra sparkle!)
- 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
- Twist of Lemon or Mint, or even Thyme, for a bit more of a holiday feel
- Top liqueur with Chandon
Cocktail To Try: Yule Mule
Stop by the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel during the holidays and you’ll find lots of fun holiday-themed cocktails to sip by the pool while watching classic holiday movies.
- 1 oz of Tito’s Vodka
- Ginger beer
- Lime juice
- Dash of cranberry juice
- Fresh cranberries as garnish
Cocktail To Try: Santa’s Little Helper
Another one from Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with Bacardi and Bulleit:
Santa’s Little Helper
- 1 oz Bulleit Rye Whiskey
- 1 oz Bacardi rum
- Eggnog / Ice
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick
Cocktail To Try: Fun Grandma’s Hot Cocoa
Also from Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, it’s all about the Patron (and a chocolate chip cookie!):
Fun Grandma’s Hot Cocoa
- 1 oz Patron Tequila
- 1 oz Patron XO Cafe
- Abuelita Hot Chocolate
- Whipped cream
- Garnish with chocolate chip cookie
Cocktail To Try: Naughty or Nice
This last one is served on-property at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was created by mixologist Mariena Mercer. It combines aged rum, tart cherry liqueur, almond and hot chocolate for a very boozy version of the hot chocolate classic!
Naughty or Nice
- 1 oz Pusser’s Rum
- 1 oz Leopold Cherry
- ½ oz Orgeat Almond Syrup
- Top with Hot Chocolate
- Combine all ingredients in a mug. Top with whipped cream and garnish with cherries.
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