3 Festive Holiday Cocktails To Make At Home 

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While the pandemic has turned the world and most holiday traditions upside down, let’s remember the true spirit of the season and toast to a New Year ahead. Whether celebrating the holidays via Zoom or a small gathering with your isolation squad, celebrate at home with these festive AF cocktails. 

Don’t forget to continue supporting our local restaurants, bars, and small businesses as the season continues! Not to mention, there is no shortage of seasonal cocktails if to-go is more your jam.

If you’re not sure where to start with your own mixology and cocktailing adventures, don’t hesitate to slide into @JerseyDrinks DMs anytime to learn more about home mixology kits delivered to craft seasonal cocktails right from your home. Limited small group kits are still available for NYE {hello, bubbly dranks}. Cheers! 

diy holiday cocktails

Cranberry Sparkler   

diy holiday cocktails

  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. white cranberry juice {grocery store juice aisles, OceanSpray brand}
  • ½ oz. rosemary syrup
  • Q club soda
  • Shake all except Club Soda in a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Strain into glass over fresh ice
  • Cranberry/rosemary sprig garnish

Read More: Where to Buy Holiday-Themed Treats in Hoboken, Jersey City, + Bayonne

Peppermint Patty Martini

diy holiday cocktails

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ oz. Crème de Cacao Liqueur 
  • ½ oz. candy cane syrup {also delicious in coffee, hello DIY peppermint latte}
  • Candy cane pieces, very finely crushed
  • Chill Martini glass or Coupe glass in freezer at least 30 minutes prior to serving
  • First, coat glass rim with candy cane syrup and dip into crushed candy cane powder, set aside
  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake
  • Strain into candy cane rimmed glass

Blood Orange Aperol Spritz

diy holiday cocktails

  • 1 oz. fresh blood orange juice {can purchase at Ma’s Gourmet or ACME}
  • 1.5 oz. Aperol
  • ¼ oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur {a great addition to your bar cart for use in margaritas, cosmopolitans, or as a substitute in any recipe using orange liqueur}
  • Prosecco + club soda
  • Shake the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Strain into a wine glass over fresh ice
  • Top 3/4 with Prosecco and finish with the top off of Club Soda
  • Stir to combine & garnish with blood orange slices  

*Rosemary Syrup: combine 1.5 cups white sugar + 1.5 cups water in a pot over low/medium heat and stir to dissolve sugar; reduce heat to the lowest setting and add 2-3 fresh bunches of rosemary in the mixture; cover with a lid and let steep for ~30 minutes; remove rosemary and place syrup in an airtight container once cooled. Keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.

*Candy Cane Syrup: combine 1 cup water and ¼ cup white sugar in a pot over low/medium heat, add 2 cups of unwrapped mini candy canes and stir until sugar and candy canes have dissolved, place syrup in an airtight container once cooled. Keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.

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Lia is a born and raised Jersey girl and after a lifelong love for the Mile Square, she became an official Hobokenite in 2013. With nine years of experience spanning all aspects of the wine & spirits industry, she is passionate about the art of a well-crafted cocktail. Lia shares her love for all things cocktails through her company, Jersey Drinks (@JerseyDrinks). What started as a for-fun #drinkstagram account has grown into an experiential bar & cocktail catering service offering virtual and small in-person mixology classes, catered cocktails (yes, think: food, but with draanks!) to curated cocktail gifting kits all created locally. When she isn’t shaking things up for her clients, she is either out supporting her favorite local bars & restaurants, catching up on her latest read while sipping a latte, or binge-watching Below Deck. Lia also prides herself on being a crazy dog lady, obsessive planner, and DIY addict.