The holidays are a time of thanks, good cheer, and (of course) jolly old fashioned merriment. So once your presents are wrapped, your stockings are stuffed, and you’ve watched “A Christmas Story” one too many times, it’ll be high time to head to the bar cart. But before you pop open that New Year’s Eve champagne a few days early, we have two cozy cocktails you’ll want to try.
With the weather we have been having nationwide, any holiday cocktail better be a warm one. With all the hustle of the holiday season, any holiday cocktail also better be a simple one. We found two recipes that work with lots of items you probably already have in your fridge, including Angry Orchard Hard Cider, to make drinks that are cozy, festive and pack a tasty punch.
- 1 bottle Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple
- 5 oz Scotch or Irish Whiskey
- 25 oz lemon juice (or just a hearty squeeze on a real lemon)
- 3 oz honey ginger syrup (recipe below)
- 3 oz water
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and simmer over low heat. Be careful not to allow the mixture to get to hot because the alcohol will boil off (gasp). Allow to heat up and then serve and garnish with a lemon wheel studded with cloves if you want to really get fancy.
- Note: I used a shot glass to measure, as most shot glasses hold around 1 oz of liquid
Honey Ginger Syrup:
- 2 cups honey
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbs finely chopped peeled ginger (we used store-bought ground ginger to the same effect)
Peel the ginger and then finely chop. Or simply sprinkle in the ground ginger to taste. Add all ingredients to a pot and cover. Simmer over medium to low heat for 20 min. Strain, allow to cool and store in the refrigerator until it’s time to make your cocktails.
Angry Jolly Juice
- 5 cups Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 5 cup brandy or spiced rum
- 5 cup light brown sugar
- 3 tea bags of Chai Tea
Add the water to a pot and bring it to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to low and add in the tea bags. I tied the bags to the handle of the pot to make it easier to leave for steeping. Allow to steep for about 2 minutes and then remove the tea bags. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Simmer over low to medium heat and serve hot. Again, feel free to garnish with a lemon wheel studded with cloves for extra festivity.