Bash Basics: Go-To Holiday Cocktails

The holidays are upon us and at BashBLOK we are in full-on celebration mode. It seems our calendar is jam-packed with parties, traveling and gift hunting but, oh what fun it is! Though we love this time of year it is very easy to get overwhelmed especially if you are hosting a bash. To take some of the guesswork out of entertaining we have a go-to cocktail list. These are classic cocktails with a winter spin, so your guests are sure to love what you are shaking up in the kitchen.

Recipes for Holiday Cocktails

Maple Syrup Old Fashioned

Number one on our go-to list is the Maple Syrup Old Fashioned. A standard old fashioned is perfect for just about any event and a bit of maple syrup adds a bit of sweet festive flair.

2 tsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. water
1 dash bitters
2 oz. bourbon
1 orange peel
1 maraschino cherry

Combine maple syrup, water and bitters in a glass, stirring until well-blended. Add ice and orange peel, then pour bourbon on top. Garnish with the cherry and serve.

Recipe courtesy of

White Russian

Next, the White Russian. If you have a guest who fancies a cocktail as opposed to dessert this is the drink for them as this is rich, sweet and extra delicious.

1 1/4 cups vodka
1 1/4 cups coffee liqueur
1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Stir together in a pitcher, then pour into ice-filled glasses.

Recipe courtesy of

Winter Solstice

Nothings says winter more than the Winter Solstice cocktail. Light, crisp and refreshing it is definitely a crowd pleaser.

1 1/2 ounces orange vodka
1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, preferably from Meyer lemons
Ice cubes
Club soda, chilled
1 mint leaf, for garnish
1 raspberry, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and ice; shake until well combined. Strain into a chilled martini glass; add a splash of soda. Carefully fold mint leaf in half lengthwise and place the stem end into the opening of the raspberry. Float on top of cocktail and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Charles Corpion from The Four Seasons

Champagne Bourbon Cocktail

With this cocktail, champagne is made extraordinary. It is the perfect choice for ringing in the new year.

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled

Combine the sugar, water, bean and seeds in small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature, then discard the vanilla bean.

Add 1 shot of bourbon and 2 tablespoons vanilla bean syrup to a chilled champagne flute. Fill to the top with sparkling wine, and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay at

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