Tasty Holiday Season Drink Cocktails


Today marks the official start to the hectic holiday season. Love this time of year. Being the good little hospitable gay that you are, I’m sure you’re hosting some sort of party in December. Whether it’s an open house, an intimate orphan Christmas dinner or a New Year’s extravaganza, I have a few tasty drink recipes you should give a try. I have a cocktail recipe to suit the tastebuds of any guest you’ll be entertaining.

The EFFEN Toasted White Cranberry and Sauza Cider Hot Toddy are perfect to accompany a lovely holiday feast or fireside conversation. The EFFEN Salted Caramel Chai Sangria brings just the right amount of spice to a traditional sangria cocktail, perfect for cutting that winter chill.  Mix up a batch that serves 20 and keep your guests happy all night long!  The Orange Truffle Delight is also the perfect accompaniment to any party and a breeze to whip up for multiple people in a flash. Check them all out below.

EFFEN® Toasted White Cranberry

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  • 1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka
  • 1 3/4 parts White Cranberry Juice
  • 1/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 part Simple Syrup
  • Garnish: Toasted Coconut Flakes

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

EFFEN® Salted Caramel Chai Sangria (Batch Recipe)

  • 750 mL EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka
  • 750 mL Cranberry Apple Cider
  • 1 quart Pinot Noir
  • 1 quart Tazo® Chai Tea
  • 3 ounces Lemon Juice
  • 2 Red Apples, sliced
  • 1 pint Blackberries
  • Club Soda

In a large punch bowl combine first 5 ingredients. Garnish with fruit from the sangria and top with club soda, if desired. (Serves 20)


Chocolate Ginger Snap


  • 1 part JDK & Sons™ Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur
  • 1/2 part DeKuyper® Mixologist Collection Ginger Liqueur
  • 3 parts Fresh Orange Juice


  • 1. Build in order over ice in a tumbler and stir
  • 2. Garnish with an orange slice

Orange Truffle Delight


  • 1 part JDK&Sons™ Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur
  • 1/2 part JDK&Sons™ O3® Premium Orange Liqueur

1. Layer ingredients in order in a shot glass


Sauza® Cider Hot Toddy

  • 1/2 part Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1/2 part JDK & Sons™ O3® Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 4 parts Apple Cider
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice Cocktail

In a saucepan heat the apple cider and cranberry juice just until steaming hot (do not let the liquid boil) and remove it from the heat. Stir in Sauza® Blue Reposado and liqueur. You can add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg if you want a bit more spice. Serve Hot Toddies in mugs, garnished with lime slices.


Sauza® Chocolate Raspberry Margarita

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 6 parts Chocolate Milk
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Razzmatazz
  • 2 dashes of Taza Chocolate Mexicano Extract
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