The holidays are around the corner, and although we may be spending more time on Zoom and in small gatherings, rather than at large venue halls and crowded bars this year, that doesn’t mean there should be less cheer than usual. Instead of going out, we can stay in and host mini-cocktail parties, special evenings, and family dinners with a twist—the twist being a delicious cocktail. MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, a family-owned Virginia-based craft distillery that prides itself on their award winning spirits has whipped up four specialty cocktails that will get you and your guests through the holiday season with satisfied—and maybe tipsy—smiles.
Christmas Ham—Smokehouse Maple New Fashioned
Perfect for everything from Thanksgiving to a boys’ or girls’ night in, this recipe takes on a timeless classic with a rich spin that’s hard to resist.
2 oz MurLarkey Smokehouse Whiskey
½ oz maple syrup
4 dashes peychaud bitters
Add ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, stir 15 turns. Pour into a rocks glass, and garnish with glazed ham cubes on a skewer, or Luxardo cherry.
The ideal holiday martini is here! Whether served on Christmas Eve, or for an intimate dinner as a dessert, this drink is bound to be a hit.
2 oz MurLarkey Divine Clarity Vodka
1 oz Chambord liqueur
1 oz white crème de cacao
Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a fresh raspberry and sprig of mint.
Holiday Cranberry Julep
For a more refreshing option during the holiday party, try this spin on a Julep. It’s great as a welcome drink, but seamlessly transitions into an easy pairing for turkey, duck, or chicken entrees.
1 ½ oz MurLarkey Divine Clarity Vodka OR MurLarkey ImaGination Gin
2 oz white cranberry juice
2 oz pink lemonade
Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and stir or shake well. Pour into highball glass, garnish with 4 fresh cranberries and a rosemary sprig. Floater: red cranberry juice.
Get into the party mood with this uplifting and fun cocktail. It’s perfect for celebrating after a day in the snow, or for starting your night on the right note.
1 ½ oz MurLarkey Coffee Whiskey
½ oz white crème de menthe
½ oz dark crème de cacao
½ oz cold brew coffee
1 oz vanilla creamer
Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a miniature candy cane.