Top 10 Holiday Drinks
Mixologist Jack McGarry combines raisiny Pedro Ximénez sherry and vanilla-inflected Jameson Black Barrel whiskey to create this Irish take on eggnog.
This sparkling cocktail is perfect for a holiday party.
Sticky Toffee Pudding Eggnog
Eben Freeman’s foamy interpretation of eggnog—infused with the sweet, caramelly flavors of sticky toffee pudding, a British favorite—is halfway between a drink and a dessert. "It’s thick enough to eat with a spoon," he says. "So was classic eggnog."
The Coquito, a Latin take on eggnog, is made with rum, coconut milk and cinnamon.
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.
Mixologist Jacques Bezuindenhout’s sour, which references the iconic firearm wielded by Prohibition-era gangsters, gets its zing from spicy fresh ginger and a generous pour of Irish whiskey.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
This bubbly, sweet-tart cocktail combines sparkling wine, dessert wine and deep-red pomegranate juice.
This puckery drink is prepared with rum and fresh mint like a classic mojito, but New Orleans chef John Besh makes it holiday-worthy by topping it with a splash of Champagne.
Café Brûlot Flip
Scott Marshall, principal bartender at Drink in Boston, came up with this rich, spicy after-dinner drink. "I love flips," he says of the category of cocktails that contain a whole raw egg. "The egg adds a velvety creaminess that surprises most people."