Holiday Craft Cocktails – Celebrate in Style



Cheers to the holidays! We want to wish everyone a very warm holiday season with your family and friends. 2021 was quite the year and we need to celebrate extra this season. So, we invite you to grab a glass or two from one of these holiday craft cocktails recipes (or any of your favorites), raise said glass and celebrate all that you did and all that you were throughout the year. Being awesome is hard work and you earned a day to sit back and sip on one of these babies. Here’s to us! May 2020 bring more peace, harmony and joy to everyone. Main Image Photo Credit: Adam Houseman

Harvest Punch

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We made this cocktail for our client’s family Thanksgiving Party and it was a hit. Although the recipe calls for ginger beer but you can use ginger ale but the ginger beer give it a nice kick. Give this a try at your next holiday party and let me know what you think. It’s easy,  inexpensive and is perfect for making ahead in large batches. A perfect holiday craft cocktail awaits. Photo Credit: L Elizabeth Events


(batch – easy to double or triple recipe)

    • 3 cups apple cider
    • 3 cups cranberry juice
    • 1 cup orange juice
    • 3 cups ginger beer
    • your favorite vodka or whiskey

Cinnamon/sugar rim blend and garnish

    • 1 teaspoon sugar (I used cane sugar, but coconut sugar will also do)
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • garnish: blood orange or orange slice and several fresh cranberries


  1. First, combine the apple cider, cranberry juice, orange juice and ginger beer in a pitcher over ice.
  2. On a small plate, use a fork to blend the sugar and cinnamon. Run a wedge of orange or lemon along the top of each drinking glass, then turn the glass down at a 45-degree angle and roll the glass through the cinnamon and sugar blend.
  3. Fill rocks glass with 1 ½ ounces of your favorite vodka or whiskey and pour apple cider mixture over top.
  4. Garnish with the orange slice and fresh cranberries and serve. Cheers!


Spiced Apple Margarita

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I originally found this recipe on a wonderful food blog called Cookie + Kate. Although the original is very good, the tweaks I made seemed to satisfy my boozy friends over the Christmas holiday quite well. Many in my tribe are currently or formerly in the events industry and they know how to enjoy a party particularly with holiday craft cocktails.

Try this delicious recipe out at your next holiday party especially in the fall and winter. Let me know how you like it and any customization’s you made. Although this recipe is per cocktail, I often batch the mix then add the tequila to make each drink to order….


(per cocktail)

    • 2 generous ounces reposado tequila (Casamigos is one of my favorites)
    • 1 ½ ounces spiced apple cider, preferably organic
    • ½ ounce fresh lime juice (about 1 medium lime, juiced)
    • 1 teaspoon honey simple syrup (recipe below) or ¾ teaspoon agave nectar
    • dash ground cinnamon

Honey simple syrup

    • ¼ cup honey
    • ¼ cup water

Cinnamon/sugar/salt rim blend and garnish

    • 1 teaspoon sugar (I used cane sugar, but coconut sugar will also do)
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    • Optional garnish: 1 cinnamon stick per drink


  1. First, prepare the honey simple syrup by combining the water and honey in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat, stirring frequently, just until the honey is dissolved in the water. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  2. On a small plate, use a fork to blend the sugar, salt, cayenne and cinnamon. Run a wedge of lime on the topside of each drinking glass, then turn the glass down at a 45-degree angle and roll the glass through the cinnamon, cayenne, sugar and salt blend. Fill the glasses with ice and set them aside.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Feel free to make 2 to 3 drinks at once. Pour in the tequila, spiced apple cider, lime juice, honey simple syrup (or agave nectar) and cinnamon. Put on the lid and shake the cocktail for about 20 seconds. Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass(es) and add a cinnamon stick if you’d like. Cheers!



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