Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail

Passing along some holiday cocktail and punch ideas from our friends at Laphroaig, Basil Hayden’s, and Auchentoshan.  Cheers!

Photo courtesy of Beam-Suntory.

Photo courtesy of Beam-Suntory.

Laphroaig® Ginger[Bread] Man
Created by Tyson Buhler (New York, NY)
  • 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig 10 Year Old
  • 3/4 parts Cantaloupe Juice
  • 3/4 parts Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 part Ginger Syrup
Method: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into coup glass.

Photo courtesy of Beam-Suntory.

Photo courtesy of Beam-Suntory.

Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Christmas Punch (Serves 16)
Created by Joaquín Simó (New York, NY)

  • 1 bottle Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
  • 6 parts Sweet Vermouth
  • 6 parts Black Tea
  • 12 parts Fresh Apple Juice or Apple Cider
  • 8 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4 parts Demerara Simple Syrup
  • ½ part Angostura® Bitters
  • 24 parts Club Soda
  • 6 Ice Blocks* (see recipe below)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)
  • 12 Apple Slices (for garnish)
  • 1 piece of Nutmeg (for garnish)

Method: Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, sweet vermouth, black tea, apple juice, lemon juice, Demerara syrup and Angostura® Bitters in punch bowl and stir. Top with club soda. Carefully place the 6 pre-made ice blocks into the punch bowl and garnish with apple slices and freshly-grated cinnamon and nutmeg.

Ice Blocks*

  • 24 parts Water
  • 12 Apple Slices
  • 6 Cinnamon Sticks
Method: Prepare ice blocks by filling 6, 4-ounce square plastic containers with water, two apple slices and one cinnamon stick each, and place in the freezer.

Photo courtesy of Gabi Porter.

Photo courtesy of Gabi Porter.


By Masahiro Urushido, New York Bartender

(serves 8 – 10)

  • 6 oz. Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky (infused with raisins)
  • 8 oz. Scottish Breakfast Tea
  • 6 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4 oz. Dubonnet Rouge Aperitif
  • 2 oz. Rothmans & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Ledgy Creme de Cassis
  • Sparkling Wine

Garnish: Rosemary + Cranberries + Orange Slices + Bay Leaves

Mix all ingredients except sparkling wine in a punch bowl. Garnish with rosemary, cranberries, orange slices and bay leaves. Top with sparkling wine.

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