6 Best Holiday Drinks To Try This Winter

Looking for the perfect holiday drink? We’ve rounded up our top 6, as well as our recommendations on how to tweak them to satisfy your taste buds.

We stopped by the Diageo head offices in Toronto last night and were treated to 10 specialty cocktails with ten of their most famous brands.

We’ve rounded up top 6 drinks for you, as well as our recommendations on how to tweak them to satisfy your taste buds.

Huge thanks to Diageo and to our incredible bartender Simon Hooper, Diageo Canada’s Reserve Brand Ambassador.

1. Tanqueray Gin Toddy    Photo: Laina Goldstein

  • 1.25 oz. Tanqueray London Dry Gin
  • 0.75 lemon Juice
  • 2 oz. boiling water
  • 1 tso. Sugar
  • 1 piece(s) cinnamon
  1. Add Tanqueray London Dry Gin, lemon juice, boiling water, and sugar to wine glass and stir
  2. Garnish with cinnamon stick

SD TIP: this drink should be served hot, but it should not burn your palate – if it seems too hot to drink it probably is!

2. Crown Royal Harvest Sour Photo: Diageo

  • 1 oz. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Blended Canadian Whisky
  • .5 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple Flavoured Whisky
  • .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 dash pimento bitters
  • Egg white (optional)
  • Grated Nutmeg
  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass
  3. Grate nutmeg for garnish (optional)

SD TIP: don’t skip the egg white! Also, for non-Crown drinkers, we were sceptical too but it turned out all of the elements of this drink really blend amazingly so you are not overwhelmed by the Whisky flavour.

3. Smirnoff Tandoori Caesar Photo: Diageo

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 5 oz. Mott’s Clamato
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Dash of Tandoori Paste
  • Rim: Masala
  • Garnish: Sliced radish
  1. Rim glass with garam masala
  2. In a mixing glass, combine Smirnoff No. 21, add clam & tomato juice, Worcestersauce, hot sauce and tandoori paste – stir well
  3. Strain over ice, garnish with radish  

SD TIP 1: use regular Clamato, not spicy Clamato. You can always make a drink spicier by adding more hot sauce but you cannot lessen the spice once you use hot clamato

SD TIP 2: don’t forget the tandoori paste!

4. Ketel One Wind Mule Photo: Laina Goldstein

  • 1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Amara Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. Butter-washed Coffee
  • A pinch of citric acid
  • 1 dash Lem-Marrakesh Bitters
  • Top with ginger beer
  1. Build in mule mug over cubed ice
  2. Top with ginger beer
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist and coffee beans

SD TIP: don’t worry if you don’t have butter-washed coffee – the drink will still taste great as long as you use real ginger beer!

5. Ciroc Vanilla Naughty & Nice 

Photo: Laina Goldstein

  • 1 ¼ oz. Ciroc French Vanilla
  • ¾ oz. pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/3 oz. oz honey
  • ½ oz. ginger cordial
  • 1 oz French dessert wine
  • 1 ½ oz sparkling water
  1. Pour all ingredients directly into the glass over lots of ice
  2. Stir until mixed and chilled
  3. Garnish using grapes, a long orange zest studded with cloves and fragrant local herbs

SD TIP: this drink is pretty sweet – add lemon juice to make it a little more tart

SD ADVISE: we recommend picking up a bottle of this brand new Ciroc flavour, launching in LCBO this December!

6. Baileys Hot Chocolate Photo: Laina Goldstein

  • 50ml of Baileys
  • Hot chocolate drink
  • 0.9 units per serve
  1. Start by pouring the Baileys into your favourite mug
  2. Follow the instructions on the packet to make up a serving of hot chocolate drink
  3. Pour the hot chocolate into the mug with the Baileys and float the whipped cream on top
  4. Sprinkle chocolate flakes over the top and indulge yourself

SD TIP: turn on the fire and cuddle up with this drink. The drink literally tastes cozy!

SD SIDE NOTE:

We couldn’t write this post without a little subsection of our findings yesterday. Why does Smirnoff Vodka have such a bad rep? We blind tasted 4 of Diageo’s vodkas, and guess which one won? Smirnoff! Highly recommend giving this a go especially in your Caesar this holiday season.

Photo: Laina Goldstein

What is your favourite holiday drink? Share with us in the comments.

Featured image: Diageo

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