Cheers! Having the perfect cocktail holiday recipe makes each celebration during the holiday season that much sweeter. No matter what you're celebrating this season, these are four holiday cocktail recipes featuring Vermont libations you'll want to sip on repeat on season long! 

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Espresso Martini with Mad River Distillers Vanilla Rum

Tastes like: A dessert in a glass - with a kick of energy

Pairs well with: Late night gift wrapping

While you're making it, listen to: "A Marshmallow World" - Dean Martin

How to make the Espresso Martini with Mad River Distillers Vanilla Rum

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 oz Vanilla Rum
  • 1/4 oz VT Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz maple cream liqueur
  • 2 oz cold brew coffee (we recommend brewing a strong batch of Vermont coffee like Carrier Roasting Coffee or Kestrel Coffee Company)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass
  4. Garnish with cinnamon or cocoa

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The Stonecutter Harvest Moon

Tastes like: A little fruity and a little spicy

Pairs well with: A holiday movie marathon

While you're making it, listen to: "Jingle Bells" - Alan Jackson

How to make the Stonecutter Harvest Moon

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 oz Stonecutter Single Barrel Gin
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice
  2. Combine all ingredients in mixing glass and stir
  3. Strain into a chilled glass
  4. Garnish with thin apple slices and/or cinnamon stick

Maple Manhattan with SILO Maple Whiskey

Tastes like: A classic, it's warm and cozy

Pairs well with: Warming up after frolicking in the snow

While you're making it, listen to: "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

How to make the Maple Manhattan with SILO Maple Whiskey

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz SILO Maple Whiskey
  • 1/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters 

Instructions:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice
  2. Combine all ingredients in mixing glass and stir
  3. Strain into a chilled glass
  4. Garnish with a cherry

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The Caledonia Spirits Kingdom Buck

Tastes like: Refreshing, zesty, and bright

Pairs well with: Decorating the house or chopping down a Christmas tree

While you're making it, listen to: "Winter Wonderland" - Darius Rucker

How to make the Caledonia Spirits Kingdom Buck

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin
  • 1/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz cranberry syrup
  • Ginger beer to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine first three ingredients over ice in a copper mug
  2. Top with ginger beer
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, lime wheel, and floating cranberries (Try skewering the cranberries and coating with sugar for an extra festive look!)

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