The holiday season is upon us! In the midst of all the frantic decorating, gift exchanges, Christmas luncheons and baking you may want to have a cocktail… or 3.
Perfect to serve yourself while you wrap presents or to prepare for your friends and family at a Christmas party– these holiday cocktails are inspired by regional alcoholic beverages that originate in locations around the world where we offer SeaTREK.
Pimms No. 1 is a gin-based liquor invented in the U.K. in 1859. Only a few people know the exact ingredients, but we do know it includes gin, fruit juices and spices. This warm spiced drink is sure to bring color to your cheeks and help you relax after a day of Christmas shopping in the cold.
- 1 Orange
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 16 oz Apple Juice
- 2 oz Dark Rum
- 3 oz Pimms
Pour apple juice, orange slices and a cinnamon stick into a pot and heat until warm, add Pimms and Rum… Enjoy!
Use heatproof glasses
Serves 2 (large servings)
Tequila is a well-known alcohol that originates in Mexico and is made from the blue agave plant. True tequila is only created in a few places in Mexico. This drink is bound to add a little cheer to your festivities.
- 1 ½ oz Tequila
- ½ oz Cranberry juice
- 1 oz Orange Liqueur
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 1 oz Club Soda
- Fresh Cranberries and Lime Wedges
Use a lime wedge to wet the edges of a margarita glass. Turn the glass upside down and dip in a shallow dish of salt. Add ice to the glass.
Combine Tequila, juices and liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with lime wedges and cranberries. Cheers to Saint Nick!
Bourbon is an American whisky that has been distilled since the 18th century. Made from a mixture of corn, rye, wheat and/or malted barley — bourbon is closely associated with Kentucky and the southern U.S.. Who doesn’t love a warm mug of hot chocolate with a little kick?
- ½ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- ½ Cup Sugar
- dash Salt
- 1/3 Cup Boiling Water
- 3 ½ Cups Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons Half and Half
- 4 oz Bourbon
- 1 Cup Mini Marshmallows
In a saucepan mix together cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Pour in boiling water and stir until smooth. Stir in milk and heat on medium. Stir occasionally heating until warm. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, half and half and bourbon. Serve in mugs and garnish with marshmallows.
Sangria is a traditional Spanish drink that combines wine with juice, fruit, and sometimes brandy. A perfect party punch, Sangria is also beautiful and adds color to any holiday display. Sipping this sweet concoction at a Christmas party will lift your spirits and tantalize your taste buds.
- 1 Bottle Red Wine
- 2 Cups Pomegranate Juice
- ½ Cup Apple Cider
- ½ Cup Brandy
- ¼ Cup Honey
- Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 Cup Cranberries
- 1 Sliced Green Apple
Add fruit to a glass pitcher. In a Large Mixing bowl stir together wine, juice, cider, brandy and honey. Pour the liquid over the fruit and refrigerate for 8 or more hours— 24 hours would be better. Pour everyone a large glass and enjoy the “fruits” of your labor!
Bundaberg rum has been distilled in Australia for over 125 years. An iconic and legendary brand — Bundaberg rum will make an excellent Old Fashioned for the classy drinkers in your life.
- 4 oz Bundaberg Rum Black Aged 12 Years
- 4 Teaspoons Monin Coconut Syrup
- 6 Dashes Angostura bitters
- Grated chocolate
- Orange peel for garnish
Pour rum in a mixing glass. Add ice, coconut syrup, bitters and stir. Strain evenly into 2 tumblers containing one large ice cube each. Garnish with orange peel and sprinkle grated chocolate on top. Raise your glass to the holidays and take a little time to relax before all the carefully wrapped packages are ripped open and pretty presents translate to smiling faces.
Do you know any regional holiday cocktail recipes? Share in the comments!