It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. Hang your stocking, don an ugly holiday sweater, get to caroling and don’t forget to bring your favorite cocktail along for the sleigh ride. During the holiday season, a classic Martini simply won’t cut it. You need a Martini that screams snowflakes and Santa and reindeer and mistletoe. You need a Martini that is so holiday appropriate, it might as well come draped in twinkly lights and topped with a star. We have you covered. Mixed by yuletide bartending experts, these three Christmas Martinis will take your seasonal celebrations to the next level of delicious.
Festive Martinis to Bring Christmas Cheer
This Martini is a seasonal customer favorite at The Broadmoor’s onsite French bistro Summit in Colorado Springs— it's always on the menu during the holidays. Like a Christmas cactus in a glass, it’s made with tequila, pomegranate juice, Pama liqueur and lemon juice. The tart, tangy cocktail gets an extra kick from black pepper simple syrup and a Campari-sugar rim. Its bittersweet flavor is such an addicting tongue-teaser, you’ll have trouble stopping at one.
Black pepper syrup
Tim Harris, owner of the Manhattan Cricket Club, loves making mulled wine during the holidays. Not only is it a warming drink on its own, but it’s also a great seasonal substitute for vermouth in cocktails. While classic mulled red wine is the perfect way to put a festive spin on a Manhattan, Harris’s yuletide take on the Martini calls for a mulled white wine that’s made with the same spices as Christmas pudding. Harris recommends using a London Dry Gin that’s heavy on the juniper to fill the cocktail with the seasonal aroma of pine needles.
Mulled White Wine
This is the perfect Christmastime Cosmopolitan. Created by Nico de Soto of New York’s annual Christmas-themed pop-up bar, Miracle, it’s a holiday twist on the classic made with St-Germain in place of triple sec and a homemade spiced cranberry sauce instead of the usual juice, which gives the drink a more viscous texture. Fig bitters top it all off with extra seasonal cheer. Bright, tart and amazingly refreshing, it’s a gorgeous drink for a holiday party—or, simply, a gulp of relief after a long day of tree trimming and Xmas shopping.
Spiced cranberry sauce