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Holiday Cocktail Recipes – A Perfect Gift for a Friend or Your Liquor Cabinet

By Stephan Martin

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The holiday season is the perfect time of the year to gift wrap a special bottle of spirits to give that gift that can make for some great memories. Even better, you can take those spirits, make some amazing cocktails and invite all of your friends over for a memorable party.

When it comes to amaretto there is DISARONNO and then there is everyone else. Who would not want to wake up Christmas morning to a gift set of DISARONNO and to make it even better we have included some amazing holiday cocktail recipes for you to try your hand at.

DISARONNO TODDY

1 ½ ounces Dewars White Label

1ounce DISARONNO

1 bar spoon of honey

¾ ounce lemon juice

3-4 ounces hot water

1 cinnamon stick cracked

In a mixing glass add one cracked cinnamon stick, lemon juice, bar spoon of honey, DISARONNO, and 2 ounces of hot water. Stir contents until honey has properly dissolved. Pour contents into toddy glass or wine goblet. Add 1or 2 more ounces of hot water, and garnish with a twist of lemon oil on top.

HOLIDAY DELIGHT

1 ounce aged rum, whiskey or cognac

1 ounce DISARONNO

1 heaping bar spoon of pumpkin pie mix

½ ounce heavy cream

1 whole egg

Place all ingredients into a mixing glass. Dry shake (shake without ice so as to “whip” the ingredients together). Then shake again with ice. Strain into a rocks glass without any ice. Top with freshly grated cinnamon.

DISARONNO APPLE COBBLER

2 parts DISARONNO

1 part cranberry juice

1 part apple juice

¼ part fresh lemon juice

In a rocks glass, mix ingredients over ice. Garnish with an apple slice.

Sneaky Grandma

SNEAKY GRANDMA

INGREDIENTS:

¾ ounce rye whiskey

¾ ounce DISARONNO

¾ ounce full bodied red wine

¾ ounce orange juice

¾ ounce lemon juice

freshly grated cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into desired glass. Top with fresh cinnamon. For an additional kick, infuse the DISARONNO with 2 cinnamon sticks and 10 cloves overnight.

DISARONNO Apple Cobbler

Baileys Irish Cream has always been a holiday favorite, as it is the perfect ingredient to add to your coffee, egg nog or just to drink straight. Bailys has added a new flavor just in time for Christmas with the addition of Hazelnut. The newest addition to the Baileys Irish Cream portfolio is a perfect compliment to popular seasonal desserts and event makes a great hostess gift and we have a great cocktail to kick things off from Bailys.

Haute Hazelnut

Created by New York mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer

Ingredients

3/4 ounces Baileys with a hint of Hazelnut

1/2 ounce Zacapa Rum 23

1/2 ounce Orange Liqueur

Pinch of Ground Cloves

Preparation:

1.     Combine Baileys with a hint of Hazelnut, Zacapa Rum 23 and orange liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Shake.

2.     Strain into a coupe glass

3.     Garnish with a wedge of orange sprinkled with ground cloves

Ideal Drinking Glass: Coupe Glass

Hennessy has a wide variety of gift sets for the holiday season and they have provided us with a few of their most popular holiday cocktail recipes for you to try.

V.S Holiday Gift Box – 750ml bottle housed in a black and gold gift box with a star pattern representing the constellation of the Rabbit. V.S.  opens with sweet wood and nutty fragrances. The palate is warm and filled with floral notes and a considerable amount of wood, which is not overpowering but boldly pleasing.

Hennessy Black Gift Box – 750ml bottle housed in a premium branded box designed to enhance the holiday gifting experience. The Hennessy Black has scents of jasmine, daffodils, and orange flowers that are delicately mixed with hints of citrus, honey and fresh grapes.

X.O Holiday Gift Set –750mlbottle of Hennessy X.O cognac and a glass flask (12cl) with copper gold finishing and its own funnel to fill from the X.O decanter. Leather and tobacco notes and a touch of spice make the X.O. a great cigar cognac.

Hennessy Chains Holiday Gift Set – 750ml bottle of Hennessy V.S housed in a black and gold gift box with a star pattern representing the constellation of the rabbit. Includes a 50ml Hennessy Black keychain. This version opens with sweet wood and nutty fragrances. The palate is warm and filled with floral notes and a considerable amount of wood, which is not overpowering but boldly pleasing. Keychain: Scents of jasmine, daffodils, and orange flowers that are delicately mixed with hints of citrus, honey and fresh grapes.

Privilege Collector's #3 “Kyrios” –A creative expression of the newly-updated Privilege 750ml bottle – carbon-grey, matte-finished (not translucent) and dressed with an alliance of graphic serigraphy and a touch of gold stamps – designed by Chris Bangle. Strong bouquet of fruits, some hints of honey and more fruits on the nose. The palate and the finish are dominated by woody hints.

SPICED ORANGE SMASH

1 ½ ounces Hennessy VS

¾ ounces Velvet Falernum

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 heaping tablespoon orange marmalade

½ ounce fresh lemon juice

Add all liquids to a shaker tin with ice. Shake until well-chilled. In a rocks glass, fine strain over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Spiced Orange Smash

HENNESSY COQUI

1 cup Hennessy

½ cup Hennessy 10 Cane

2 ounces Grand Marnier

2 ounces Frangelico

¾ cup evaporated milk

1 ¼ cup coconut cream

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a blender, place all ingredients and lightly blend. Do not blend on a high speed to avoid creating foam. Leave in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours until chilled. Serve in punch glasses or rocks glasses, neat or over ice by preference. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

FRENCH APPLE

1 1/2 ounces Hennessy V.S

1/2 ounce Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

1 ounce APPLE CIDER GASTRIQUE* (recipe to follow)

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Add all liquids to a glass with ice. Stir until well-chilled and top with grated cinnamon and an apple fan. Garnish with fresh grated cinnamon.

Published on Dec 05, 2012

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