In this recipe, raisiny Pedro Ximenez sherry and vanilla-inflected Jameson Black Barrel whiskey are combined to create this Irish take on eggnog.
Hot Spiced Wine
Red wine and kirsch (a brandy made from cherries) are the base for this delicious seasonal drink, which is laced with citrus and warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper.
Cinnamon flavors lots of holiday drinks, from eggnog to mulled wine. Here it appears in a juicy punch that's delicious spiked with Grand Marnier or Cognac.
Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies
A hot toddy is basically a shot or two of any potent spirit added to a cup of hot water. This version puts a French spin on this warming drink with a slug of apple brandy, such as Calvados.
For hot punches, young Irish whiskeys work best. Heat intensifies the tannic edge of older whiskeys; young ones stay smooth.
Richly flavored dark amber syrup is used to make this riff on an Old-Fashioned cocktail.
Hot Buttered Lemon
This drink is like a hot buttered rum mixed with a lemon tart. The citrus pieces get softened by the heat and mellowed by the sugar and butter; they're delicious to nibble on at the end of the drink.
Forget the pudding! This figgy cockail is a seasonal drink that will surely get you into the holiday spirit.
This cocktail muddles together an orange wedge, fresh cranberries and crystallized ginger to create a zingy drink.
Cava and Pomegranate Cocktails
Removing seeds from a pomegranate can seem tricky, but it's easy. Cut the pomegranate in half across the middle, not through the stem; then wrap each half in cheesecloth and, holding it over a large bowl, hit it hard with a spoon or rolling pin. Then open up the bundle and pick out the seeds, which should practically pop out.