Let’s face it: Christmas is the perfect time to go all out with your mixology and bring the big guns when it comes to flavour, spectacle, and extravagance. This joyous occasion has always been about going above and above and living a little more opulently than you may at any other time of the year, so it’s perfect for trying out some brand-new whiskey drinks to wow your visitors. In light of all of this, we have combed through the world’s finest cocktail establishments to select stunning, fragrant, and intensely warming whisky-based drinks for you to whip up in your home bars this Christmas season.
Add 1.5 ounces of Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch, 3.5 ounces of hot ginger beer, and the juice of two lime wedges to a highball glass. In an instant, you have a delicious, smoky winter cocktail that will liven up your evening. To complement the ginger kick, add a touch of Jamaican bitters, some clove, and some allspice.
Cranberry orange sour whiskey
This is our go-to cocktail for the holiday season since we yearn for cranberry drinks all winter long. The whiskey and ginger beer gives it warmth and spice, while the cranberry and citrus add freshness and tartness. The ideal mixture for a drink.
This variation on the classic New Orleans cocktail contains all the necessary components, plus more: sharp, bold-flavoured rye whiskey, cognac, bitters, and, of course, absinthe. However, we substituted honey for the customary sugar cube to further highlight the whiskey’s herbal and earthy qualities.
Royal Balmoral punch
This creative beverage created by seasoned bartender Charlotte Voisey is truly fit for a king or queen. She creates a celebratory and bubbly beverage by mixing Glenfiddich single malt scotch, Granny Smith apple juice, an English breakfast tea syrup, sparkling lemonade, and Champagne.
She’s no gentleman
It’s not necessary to limit the traditional pairing of raspberries and cream to desserts after meals. It has been demonstrated to function equally well in a cocktail glass as in a bowl; simply add some alcohol to create the perfect anytime sip. This one combines scotch with Chambord, cream, and Earl Grey syrup to create a gently sweet beverage that tastes great year-round but is best savoured in front of a blazing fire.