When it comes to Christmas, a few things come to mind: glittering tinsel, overplayed renditions of “White Christmas” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” ugly-but-cozy sweaters, snow-capped pine trees and, of course, all of the desserts. From gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa, to candy canes, pies and mulled wine, the yuletide is all about post-dinner indulgence. So, with the spirit of Saint Nick in mind, we decided to capture the flavor of the holiday in one flavored vodka—and all our Christmas wishes came true.
Our Christmas-flavored vodka combines juniper (to evoke Christmas trees), cacao nibs (for hot chocolate), baking spices (mulled wine, represent!) and mandarin oranges (like you’d find in the toe of your Christmas stocking) with a rich, butter fat-wash (in place of shortbread) and mint syrup (for that candy cane finish). If it sounds over the top, that’s because it is—in the best way possible, just like all good Christmases. The result is rich and spicy, with a nice amount of silky viscosity. Serve it over ice with a clove-studded orange peel to get the full effect of Christmas-in-a-glass. And don’t forget to leave some for Santa, too.