12 Days of Cocktails

A dozen holiday drinks from our favorite
bartenders around the country

La Santa Old Fashion Schott Zwiesel Pure Double Old-Fashioned Glass >La Santa Old Fashion >

La Santa Old Fashion

 

Scorching the cinnamon stick adds flavor and
creates a wisp of smoke. Serve this drink with a
smile and a knowing wink that it is delicious.

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Scott Baird and Josh Harris
The Bon Vivants, San Francisco, CA

A Pear of Brandies A Pear of BrandiesWilliams-Sonoma Estate Champagne Wine Glasses >

A Pear of Brandies

This cocktail is a sophisticated sipper for
celebrations. It’s a riff on the classic Seelbach,
which is a spirit-forward Champagne cocktail. The
floral notes from the elderflower and pear bring
out the softer qualities of the fruit brandies.

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Lynnette Marrero
Llama Inn, Brooklyn, NY

Rock "n" Rye Rock "n" Rye >Mixed Cut Double Old-Fashioned Glass >

Rock 'n' Rye

We serve Rock 'n' Rye in the style of an
Old-Fashioned, over a hand-cut ice cube in a double
rocks glass, garnished with a lemon peel. It can also
be served as a shot or 'toddy style' with added hot
water and lemon juice.

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Michael Lazar
Hard Water, San Francisco, CA

Snow Day Snow Day >Williams-Sonoma Coupe Cocktail Glass >

Snow Day

The Snow Day is a wintertime daiquiri — refreshing
and tart like any good daiquiri should be, with the
added element of spices. Orange marmalade adds a
velvety textural component. It’s got all the comforting
flavors that make you think of sitting around the
fireplace, while still being fresh and clean.

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Natasha David
Nitecap, New York, NY

Dutch Alexander Dutch Alexander >Williams-Sonoma Manhattan Glass >

Dutch Alexander

 

 

The original Alexander cocktail was made with
gin, and never gained as much fame as its brandy
counterpart. In this recipe I use Dutch gin, which is
much maltier than London dry gin, with the
omission of heavy cream and the addition of green
chartreuse and orange liqueur.

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Tony Gurdian
Imperial, Portland, OR

Red Palms Red Palms >Williams-Sonoma Reserve Highball Glasses >

Red Palms

 

This drink doesn’t require any shaking or stirring
techniques. It’s also delicious in large format,
served as a punch. If you’re making a punch, litter
the bowl with garnishes like apple slices,
cinnamon sticks, and cranberries.

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Yael Vengroff
The Spare Room, Los Angeles, CA

Heir Apparent Heir Apparent >Williams-Sonoma Coupe Cocktail Glasses >

Heir Apparent

 

Champagne and cinnamon are absolutely
delicious together. If you think about the flavor
profile of a classic apple pie, it’s orchard fruit with
pastry crust — yeasty, and slightly tart. And of
course, there is no apple pie without cinnamon.

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Eamon Rockey
Betony, New York, NY

Rye Not Rye Not >Ornate Double Old-Fashioned Glass >

Rye Not

 

 

The Rye Not is a wintery riff on an Old-Fashioned.
Ginger and spiced vegetal and fruit notes pretty much
demand savory snacks, and if you end up sitting by a
fire, that's not going to hurt the holiday spirit.”

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David Little
Barnacle, Seattle, WA

Bootlegger's Companion Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker >Bootlegger's Companion >

Bootlegger’s
Companion

 

This cocktail tastes like the holidays — it’s like an
apple pie for adults only. Freshly-cut apples and
the bubbles from the cider make it refreshing,
while the moonshine warms you up.

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Erin Wakefield
Smoke Ring, Atlanta, GA

Crème d'Irie Crème d'IrieSquare Highball Glass >

Crème d'Irie

 

This holiday cocktail is based on a classic milk
punch recipe – it's rich and creamy with warming
spices. It gets a tiki twist here with the addition of
coconut puree and two different types of rum.

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Diane Corcoran
Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago, IL

Pashmina Williams-Sonoma Martini Glass >Pashmina >

Pashmina

 

The inspiration for this cocktail comes from
Dharamsala in Northern India, where I grew up.
The flavors of the Pashmina are reminiscent of these
innocent times. Chamomile and lemon smooths the
peat from Scotch to balance the drink and create
a warming profile for chilly nights.

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Tenzin Konchok Samdo
Trade, Boston, MA

Impropah Scaffa Impropah Scaffa >Williams-Sonoma Estate Old-Fashioned Glasses >

Impropah Scaffa

 

“The Scaffa is a classic cocktail from the 1800s
that is just brandy, maraschino, and bitters. This
recipe is an 'improper' version of a Scaffa because
we add water to soften it. We write 'impropah,'
because we're from Boston.

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Sam Treadway
Backbar and Ames Street Deli, Boston, MA

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