Holiday Cocktails - Enjoy the Perfect Cocktail this Holiday Season

Holiday season is upon us and that means a long list of parties to host and attend as you celebrate your special holiday as well as ring in the New Year. Splash Magazines Worldwide has put together a list of cocktails for you to wow your guests with as well as hot spots all over the country for you to visit, enjoy!

The Special Edition Rolling Stones Jose Cuervo Especial makes the perfect gift for any fan of the Rolling Stones or of Jose Cuervo. Just a stunning bottle that won't be around forever, pick one up for yourself as well as your friends. For the pinnacle partier - those in the front row of the concert and front of bar in the nightclub – there is the Cuervo family’s blue agave recipe bottled at 81 proof. The bottle was created to celebrate the pivotal role Jose Cuervo® played in fueling The Rolling Stones™’ notorious 1972 North American tour, which was dubbed the ‘Tequila Sunrise Tour’.

Jose Cuervo Rolling Stones Bottle

Another bottle worth showcasing you bar is the 1800 EA7 x Keith Haring. 1800 recently released their Essential Artist series. This year they have selected the late Keith Haring to adorn the Essential Artists 7 series limited-edition bottles. Known worldwide for his unique, bold style mixed with social activism, Haring was selected as the sole artist for this year’s release; six of his original designs will adorn a limited run of special edition 1800 Tequila bottles.

1800 EA7 x Keith Haring

For those of you who love vodka and want quality and flavor Hangar1 Vodka is the choice to do you mixing with this holiday season. Hangar 1 Vodka, a range of all-natural, fruit infused vodkas made in an aircraft hangar just outside of San Francisco in Alameda, California. Fine grapes are blended with Midwestern grains to make a perfectly balanced straight vodka with a slightly fruity note.

Chocolate Orange Flip – inspired by those chocolate oranges found in a stocking, this modern approach to a classic eggnog will have you wanting more than just one.
1 oz. Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka
1 oz. Heavy Cream
1 oz. Crème de Cacao
1 whole Egg
Fresh Nutmeg
Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake without any ice to emulsify the egg. Shake again with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Chocolate Orange Flip

If you are looking for the "bar" to enjoy a unique cocktail at this holiday season, make sure to watch “Where’s The Bar”. Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE) and GQ magazine partnered with Bombay Sapphire gin and will be premiering “Where’s The Bar” with all-star food guys Rudy Chaney and Elie Ayrouth (Foodbeast) – for a cross-country exploration of cocktail culture guided by some of the best bartenders in America – all of whom were finalists in this year’s 9th Annual Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in North America.

Filmed in each of their hometowns (DC, NOLA, LA, SEATTLE, MINNEAPOLIS), episodes 1 and 2 of “Where’s the Bar?” will be airing across all platforms of the CNE digital network, including the official GQ video site and YouTube channel, as well as through syndicated partnerships. In addition to providing inside knowledge from some of the top craft cocktail bars across the nation, the new miniseries will explore the coolest cities, meet the locals, and discover the most imaginative cocktails and food you should know about right now, including 10 bonus “how-to” tutorials featuring the competing experts on concocting classic gin cocktails at home. Participating bartenders include: Ryan Wainwright (Terrine), Nathaniel Smith (Spoon & Stable), Nik Virrey (Bar Naka), Matthew Steinvorth (Sazerac) and Morgan Stana (Le Diplomate).

Make sure to watch “Where’s The Bar” but we have been lucky enough to have obtained a few recipes that will be highlighted on the show that you can try at home.

Los Angeles
“50/50 Martini Cocktail” by Ryan Wainwright (Terrine)
1 ½ Parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
¾ Part Dry Vermouth
¾ Part Traditional Vermouth
¾ Part Medium Dry Sherry

“50/50 Martini Cocktail” by Ryan Wainwright (Terrine)

“Warming House Punch” by Nathaniel Smith (Spoon & Stable)
2 Parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 Part Cranberry Cordial
½ Part Dry Orange Curacao
¼ Part Fresh Lime Juice
Single Dash of Bitters
Top off with Cava Champagne

“Gospel’s Garden” by Nik Virrey (Bar Naka)
1 ¾ Parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
¾ Part Ginger Syrup
¾ Part Fresh lemon Juice
½ Part Charcoal Solution*
1 Part Egg White
3 Drops Scrappy’s Firewater Tincture
(*.5g Activated Charcoal To 250ml Water)

“Gospel’s Garden” by Nik Virrey (Bar Naka)

New Orleans
“Fat Tuesday” by Matthew Steinvorth (Sazerac)
Muddle Blackberries and Strawberries
¾ part Lemon Juice
¾ Part Simple Syrup
2 Parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
Top off with Champagne
Garnish w/ Blackberry and Mint

“Fat Tuesday” by Matthew Steinvorth (Sazerac)

Washington D.C.
“Libation without Representation” by Morgan Stana (Le Diplomate)
1 ½ Parts Bombay Sapphire Gin Infusion
½ Part Honey Syrup
½ Part Fresh Lemon Juice
Top off with Champagne
garnish with an Apple Slice

“Libation without Representation” by Morgan Stana (Le Diplomate)

Viceroy Santa Monica partnered with boutique candy company Sugarfina to bring "Winter Wonderland" inspired holiday cheer to the hotel's library. Viceroy Santa Monica's mixologist Anuar Chavez worked closely with Sugarfina to develop a set of exclusive cocktails inspired by their bespoke candies. Cocktails featured at the Sugarfina Holiday Lounge Pop-Up include:

Courtesy of the Sugarfina Holiday Lounge Pop-Up at Viceroy Santa Monica
1 oz. gin
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
3/4 oz. Aperol
1/2 oz. Sugarfina blood orange fruttini-infused simple syrup
1 oz. blood orange Pellegrino
Garnished with blood orange fruttini

Winter's Bounty

Courtesy of the Sugarfina Holiday Lounge Pop-Up at Viceroy Santa Monica
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. Baileys Irish Creme
1 oz. Crème de Menthe
Crushed Sugarfina peppermint cookie candies
Pour over fresh ice into bucket glass. Garnish with mint leaf and peppermint cookie candy.


Courtesy of the Sugarfina Holiday Lounge Pop-Up at Viceroy Santa Monica
2 oz. vanilla vodka
1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps
3/4 oz. Sugarfina pumpkin pie caramel-infused pumpkin spice syrup
1/2 oz. egg white
Shake and strain all ingredients into martini glass. Garnish with pumpkin pie candy.

Courtesy of the Sugarfina Holiday Lounge Pop-Up at Viceroy Santa Monica
1/2 oz. Creme de Mure
1/4 oz. lemon juice
Equal parts white wine & sparkling wine
Served in champagne flute; candy garnish

During the month of December, each of the guests staying in Viceroy Santa Monica's suites will receive a complimentary cube of Sugarfina cask strength scotch cordials, the perfect 'nightcap' & winter treat.

Groups looking to host holiday parties or gatherings at Viceroy Santa Monica have the option to purchase the Sugarfina holiday candy cart for their gathering. The host may choose 3-5 types of Sugarfina candies, which is sampled in beautiful apothecary jars & martini glasses. Guests may sample candies during the party and are also able to take a treat bag home.

While at home or if you go out to enjoy a cocktail with friends always make sure you drink in moderation. A few tips to help avoid a day that might not be quite as fun as the previous night would include; making sure you eat something, drink plenty of water and always have some NEVER TOO HUNGOVER with you. NEVER TOO HUNGOVER is a great tasting dietary supplement that is comprised of a natural vitamin blend, antioxidants, amino acids, nutrients and minerals. It is conveniently packaged as a 3.5oz serving in a bottle that can be consumed as a shot or a mixer. It is designed to take up to an hour before or while consuming alcohol. NEVER TOO HUNGOVER is caffeine and gluten free, and contains zero carbs, calories and sugars.

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