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.
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.
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.
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.
Make it with: Cane Land Distilling 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.
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.
It's Friday!! And Thanksgiving is in less than a week! 😱😱😱. Put this easy cocktail on the menu – the Apple Cider Irish Mule! Inspired by my popular drink the Irish Mule – which is just a twist on the Moscow Mule but uses whiskey instead of vodka. #whiskeytime #imbibegram #thanksgiving #🥃 Recipe: https://www.foxandbriar.com/apple-cider-irish-mule/