20 Festive Signature Cocktails for Your Winter Wedding

Get guests in the holiday spirit!

Updated 11/08/17

Photo by Caroline Petters of Katie Osgood Photography

Whether you're having a winter wedding or just looking for fun and festive signature cocktails to serve friends and family during the holidays, these recipes incorporate some of the tastiest flavors of the season. Take these signature cocktails for a test drive at home, then have your bartender whip them up for your winter wedding.

WEARY BACHELOR cocktail the liquor cabinet

Sam Ortiz

Recipe courtesy of the Liquor Cabinet

  • 2 oz. Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 0.5 oz. Luxardo Maraschino
  • 0.25 oz. Fernet Branca
  • 1 dash Regan’s orange bitters
  • Peaty scotch, like Laphroaig or Ardbeg

Rinse a snifter with scotch. Light a cinnamon stick until it glows and smokes. Turn snifter upside down over smoking cinnamon stick while stirring drink in a Bull in China mixing glass. While glass is filling with smoke, pour cocktail in chilled snifter. Finish with an orange twist. Hand someone your car keys.

Death & Co Cocktail Ransom Note

Death & Co

Recipe courtesy of Death & Co.

  • 1 oz. Lustau Reserva brandy
  • 1 oz. Rittenhouse rye
  • 0.75 oz. Del Professore Rosso

0.25 oz. Ramazzotti

1 tsp. Marie Blizzard crème de cacao

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with an orange spiral.

Perfect Pour's Olinda After Hours Cocktail

Kelly Lemon Photography

Recipe courtesy of Perfect Pour

2 oz. homemade cranberry sauce, fine-strained (Perfect Pour infuses theirs with star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, orange peel, dehydrated ginger, Chinese five-spice powder, port wine, and sake)

.75 oz. rosemary syrup (1:1 simple syrup heated and steeped with rosemary)

.25 oz. lemon juice

1.25 oz. St. George Terroir gin

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 oz. demi-sec sparkling wine

Combine all ingredients except the sparkling wine in a shaker and mix well with ice. Add the sparkling wine to a coupe glass and double strain shaker contents on top. Garnish with a torched rosemary sprig.

bob peters Mezcal Saffron Eggnog cocktail

Justin Driscoll Photo

Recipe courtesy of Bob Peters

2 oz. Vida Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

Homemade eggnog*

*Homemade Eggnog Recipe

4 egg yolks

1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 Tbsp.

1 pint whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

3 oz. bourbon

1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

4 egg whites

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until it's completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon, and nutmeg and stir to combine.

Union Fare Old Fashioned Cocktail

Front of House NYC

Recipe courtesy of Union Fare

2 dashes Dale Degroff pimento bitters

1/4 oz. Fino Demerara (equal parts demerara sugar and fino sherry, fully dissolved over low heat and then chilled)

2 oz. rye/bourbon blend (50% Weller Special Reserve Bourbon, 50% Russell's Reserve Rye)

Build in rocks glass with cubed ice. Stir until chilled and properly diluted. Garnish with a lemon and orange twist.

Courtesy of Smirnoff

Winter Whisperer

Recipe courtesy of Smirnoff

1.5 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

.75 oz. pomegranate syrup*

.75 oz. fresh lemon juice

8 mint leaves

2 oz. club soda

Garnish: Mint bouquet, powdered sugar

Muddle mint with syrup, and add lemon juice and Smirnoff Peppermint Twist. Fill with ice and shake. Strain over ice in a rocks glass and top with club soda. Garnish with the mint bouquet and powdered sugar.

*Pomegranate syrup: Mix 4 oz. POM with 4 oz. sugar

Courtesy of Smirnoff

Nutcracker

Recipe courtesy of Smirnoff

1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

.5 oz Amontillado sherry

1 oz. organic pear juice

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. orgeat syrup

Garnish: Lemon wheel, grated cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and shake. Strain over cubed ice into a rocks glass.

Courtesy of Smirnoff

Holiday Bliss

Recipe courtesy of Smirnoff

1 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

.5 oz Don Julio Añejo tequila

3 oz. rich chocolate milk

Garnish: Grated cinnamon or nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass and top with grated cinnamon or nutmeg.

Courtesy of Smirnoff

Gingerbread Martini

Courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling

3 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

3 oz. Irish cream liqueur

2 Tbsp. gingerbread syrup (or to taste)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 oz. cream

Garnish: Whipped cream and crushed gingerbread cookies

In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, Irish Cream, gingerbread syrup, vanilla extract, and cream. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with whipped cream and crushed gingerbread cookies.

Courtesy of Smirnoff

Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling

4 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist vodka

2 oz. crème de cacao

1 oz. chocolate liquor

Garnish: 2 oz. cream chocolate sauce and crushed peppermint

In a cocktail shaker, add ice and liquors. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with chocolate and crushed peppermints.

Courtesy of Smirnoff

Kissed Caramel Apple Punch

Recipe courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry

11⁄2 gallons spiced apple cider

1 12.2-oz. bottle caramel syrup

3 cups Smirnoff Kissed Caramel vodka

Sliced apples (optional)

Cinnamon sticks (optional)

Pour the apple cider into a large drink container, then stir in the caramel syrup. Add the vodka and stir gently to combine. Add the sliced apples and cinnamon sticks, and serve either chilled or room temperature over ice.

Courtesy of Smirnoff

Cranberry Pineapple Punch

Recipe courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry

1 gallon 100% cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)

1 46-oz. can pineapple juice

3 cups lemon-lime soda

3 cups Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

Sliced oranges (optional)

Sliced limes (optional)

Sliced lemons (optional)

Fresh cranberries (optional)

In a large drink container add the cranberry juice, pineapple juice, lemon-lime soda, and Smirnoff No. 21 vodka, stirring gently to combine. Toss in the fruits, if desired, and serve chilled, or at room temperature over ice.

Courtesy of Smirnoff

The Original Mule

Recipe courtesy of Smirnoff

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

Fresh lime juice

3 oz. ginger beer

Garnish: Lime wedge

Build all in copper mug and stir gently to mix.

Courtesy of Captain Morgan

The Cranberry Mule

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original spiced rum

.5 oz. fresh lime juice

2 oz. cranberry juice

6 oz. ginger ale

Garnish: 1 rosemary sprig, 4–5 fresh cranberries

In a glass filled with ice, combine rum, lime juice, and cranberry juice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with rosemary and cranberries. Light rosemary sprig with a match until smoking.

Courtesy of Crown Royal

Vanilla Hot Toddy

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla whisky

1 tsp. fine grain Sugar

2 small cloves

1.5 oz. boiling water

Add whisky, sugar, and cloves in old-fashioned glass or coffee mug. Add 1–2 oz. (or more, if desired) boiling water, and stir.

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