Coolest Holiday Cocktails

A bartender has an army of ingredients at hand—but how do you mix a cocktail with cachet at home? These recipes let you make liquid magic with just five. Prepare for party crashers!

Charlotte Voisey
holiday cocktails
Crowd Pleasers >> From left: rye-based Sazerac, bubbly Elderberry Royale and a Cavalier made with Cognac.
Photograph: Jens Mortensen

Escape to Rio
Based on Brazil's national drink, the caipirinha, this fruity brew is hot in Miami at any time of year.

2 ounces Leblon Cachaça
1 ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup*
¾ ounce pineapple juice
Crushed ice
Fresh pineapple
Ground cinnamon

Combine ingredients, and shake with ice. Serve over fresh crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a long rectangle of pineapple (a baton) and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Cavalier
Inspired by the sidecar and Paris in the 1920s, a most soigné nightcap.

1½ ounces Cognac
¾ ounce Cointreau
½ ounce orgeat (or almond syrup)
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Lemon peel

Combine ingredients, and shake well with ice. Strain into a martini or coupe glass, and garnish with a lemon spiral.

*Simple Syrup
Bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil. Let the sugar dissolve, and then let cool. ❦

Charlotte Voisey is an award-winning mixologist and cocktail consultant.

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First Published November 8, 2011

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