10 holiday cocktails to make with Louisiana-distilled spirits

Sometimes, the reason for the holiday season is libations. And what makes a holiday cocktail more festive than a taste of home? We rounded up some reliable recipes for a few holiday standbys—and some riskier cocktails to impress any party guest. They are made even better with the addition of spirits distilled right here in Louisiana.

Spiked Egg Nog

Make it with: Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum. This spirit out of the Big Easy brings everything you might find in a spice cake or gingerbread—cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, vanilla, ginger—making it the ideal complement for a creamy, decadent eggnog.

Brandy Alexander

Make it with: Atelier Vie Orphan Street Brandy. Atelier Vie claims to have the first barrel-aged grape brandy in Louisiana since (at least) Prohibition, so this New Orleans distillery is the go-to for a brandy-based holiday staple.

Hot Buttered Rum

Make it with: Bayou Spiced Rum. Since this cocktail is bringing sumptuous melted butter to the party, it’s a good match for the notes of cinnamon, maple and banana in Bayou Rum’s spiced variety.

Hot Toddy

Make it with: Three Roll Estate’s Red Stick Cinnamon Rum. Slightly sweet with lots of cinnamon heat, an infused rum like this can take your hot toddy to the next level, combining lemon and maple syrup to clear your sinuses all the way out.

Mulled Cider

Make it with: Donner-Peltier LA1 Whiskey. Smooth and strong, this aged whiskey from the Thibodaux brand has enough spice to make your apple cider really sing.

Feeling something less traditional? Here are some more avant-garde holiday-flavored cocktails and the Louisiana-made spirits we’d use for them.

Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa: Try it with Oryza Vodka from Donner-Peltier Distillery.


Gin Apple Pie Cocktail: Try it with Seven Three Distilling Gentilly Gin out of New Orleans.


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White Christmas Mojito: Try it with Rank Wildcat Spirits Sweet Crude Rum from Lafayette.


Holiday Spiced Mulled Wine: Try it with Baton Rouge Distilling Strawberry Brandy.