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4 Holiday Drinks to Get the Party Started: Cocktails and a Mocktail

4 Holiday Drinks to Get the Party Started: Cocktails and a Mocktail

Recipes by Sam Maynard | Photos by Lisa Anderson

Whether you are looking for a kosher martini or an alcohol-free New Year, we have you covered. Try these four holiday drinks and get your party started!

Holiday Spirits

Miracle Mosas Mocktail

Include everyone in the New Year’s toast with this delightful mocktail.

The miracle berry, known as miracle fruit, has a glycoprotein that coats the taste buds and briefly blocks the sour receptors. It has the effect of changing a flavor from sour to sweet or vice versa. For this mocktail use sour and tart fruits—such as strawberry, raspberry, or starfruit—and fill a champagne flute with your favorite sparkling grape juice or cider. Take a few sips, pop a miracle fruit tablet, take another sip, and see where the flavors take you.

Manischewitz Martini

This kosher take on a classic, yet flavorful, martini is perfect for any Hanukkah celebration. It is also stirred, not shaken.

Santa’s Escape

A Tropical Oasis

Celebrate Caribbean-style with this rum-infused pineapple cocktail.

See Also

Roasted Chestnut Hot Toddy

Classic Comfort with a Yuletide Twist

Warm your belly on a cold winter’s night with this delightful hot toddy.


Miracle Mosas

Sam Maynard
Include everyone in the New Year’s toast with this delightful mocktail. The miracle berry, known as miracle fruit, has a glycoprotein that coats the taste buds and briefly blocks the sour receptors. It has the effect of changing a flavor from sour to sweet or vice versa. For this mocktail use sour and tart fruits—such as strawberry, raspberry, or starfruit—and fill a champagne flute with your favorite sparkling grape juice or cider. Take a few sips, pop a miracle fruit tablet, take another sip, and see where the flavors take you.
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • 1 oz. fruit purée e.g. strawberry, raspberry, or starfruit
  • sparkling grape juice or cider
  • miracle fruit tablet

Instructions
 

  • Place fruit purée at the bottom of a champagne flute.
  • Fill the glass with a sparking grape juice or cider.
  • Sip mocktail. Suck on a miracle fruit tablet for a few moments. Sip mocktail again. Enjoy the flavor switch.
Keyword mimosa, nonalcoholic

Manischewitz Martini

Sam Maynard
This kosher take on a classic, yet flavorful, martini is perfect for any Hanukkah celebration. It is also stirred, not shaken.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • 1 oz. Manischewitz
  • 2 oz. dry gin
  • rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Add Manischewitz and dry gin to a mixing glass. Stir for 30 seconds. Pour into a martini glass.
  • Using a blow torch, crisp the edges of the rosemary sprig. Place on or in the martini glass as a garnish.
Keyword Alcohol

Santa’s Escape

Sam Maynard
Celebrate Caribbean-style with this rum-infused pineapple cocktail.
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks frozen
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut cream
  • 6 oz. eggnog
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1 oz. silver rum
  • fresh nutmeg grated, for garnish
  • cinnamon stick for garnish
  • chocolate curls for garnish
  • rolled wafer or other cookie for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a smoothie or piña colada glass. Garnish with nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate curls, and wafer.

Roasted Chestnut Hot Toddy

Sam Maynard
Classic Comfort with a Yuletide Twist
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients
  

For chestnut orgeat:

  • 2 cups chestnuts roasted and peeled
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves or 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 oz. dark rum

For hot toddy:

  • 2 oz. chestnut orgeat
  • 2 oz. bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 6 oz. hot water
  • cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions
 

For the chestnut orgeat:

  • Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil on high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Purée ingredients using an immersion blender or food processor.
  • Add dark rum to the chestnut purée. Place a strainer over a small bowl. Strain chestnut and rum mixture twice, discarding pulp from strainer each time.

For hot toddy:

  • Combine chestnut orgeat, lemon juice, and hot water in a mug.
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Notes

Tips

  1. Use Wild Turkey 101 for the bourbon whiskey.
  2. Add a bag of black tea, such as lapsang souchong for a new flavor.
  3. Complement the chestnut taste by adding a pad of butter.
Keyword Alcohol

Sam Maynard
Recipe Developer at The Chews Letter | + posts

Sam has seven years’ experience as a bartender and mixologist. He enjoys venturing into the world of culinary arts.

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