Our Most Cheers-worthy Holiday Cocktails

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Whether you’re off to another holiday party or cozied up by the fire at home, a cocktail or mocktail will make any blustery day a little better. Below, find a few recipes that offer an alternative to the usual mugs of egg nog and sugary holiday concoctions. These are guaranteed to make your spirits bright!

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No Champagne, No Gain

Cheers-ing at a holiday soiree with yet another glass of champagne? Expected. Cheers-ing with a glass of champagne, Lillet and DRY Sparkling? Now that sounds like a party! Allow us introduce you to the No Champagne, No Gain cocktail. We added a touch of Lillet and a splash of DRY Sparkling (any flavor!) to the bubbly in our flutes, resulting in a simple cocktail that celebrates the taste of champagne, with a hint of fruity, herbal or floral flavor from DRY Sparkling.

Ingredients:
2 oz. chilled DRY Sparkling in your favorite flavor
4 oz. prosecco, champagne or sparkling wine
½ oz. Lillet Blanc
Garnish: Lemon Twist

Instructions:
Add your chosen flavor of DRY Sparkling and Lillet to a champagne flute and mix lightly. Top with bubbles and garnish with a lemon twist. This one is great for a crowd, but equally delicious in solitude after a long day of holiday shopping. If you’re feeling extra festive, add ½ oz. of premium vodka!

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Whistler Wonderland

A few DRY team members recently took a trip up to Whistler, BC, for a fabulous food and wine event called Cornucopia. When we weren’t in the comfort of the cozy hotels and shops, we were outdoors exploring the beautiful landscape of British Columbia. The chilly weather inspired us to create this cocktail to keep you warm on a cold and blustery night. We call its effect a “whisky jacket,” which warms you up from the inside out!

Ingredients:
3 oz. Vanilla DRY Sparkling
1 oz. Irish whisky
1 oz. Irish Cream
1 oz. Kahlua
Garnish: Sugar Rim

Instructions:
Add whisky, Irish Cream, Kahlua and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake well. Rim a chimney glass with sugar, then add a few small cubes of ice. Strain mixture into glass, add Vanilla DRY Sparkling and stir lightly. And finally, plan a trip to Whistler, Canada, because everyone should visit the wonderland at some point.

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L&L

Looking for an easy, yet impressive cocktail? Well, look no further than the L&L. This delightful drink has just a few ingredients and steps, which makes it a go-to choice for a larger crowd. The touch of St-Germain (elderflower liqueur) really brings out the botanical flavors of Lavender DRY Sparkling.

Ingredients:
4.5 oz. Lavender DRY Sparkling
1.5 oz. vodka
¼ oz. St-Germain
Garnish: Lemon peel

Instructions:
Shake vodka, ice and St-Germain in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a large martini glass. Top with Lavender DRY Sparkling soda and garnish with a slice of lemon peel.

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Holiday Trail

The flavors of the holidays are showcased in this aromatic cocktail. The mixture of orange juice, bourbon, and bitters make for a festive and refreshing drink that is perfect for any holiday occasion.

Ingredients:
2 oz. Vanilla DRY Sparkling
1.5 oz. orange juice
¾ oz. Orgeat syrup
2 oz. bourbon
2 dashes Angostura bitters
¾ oz. lemon juice

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients except DRY Sparkling soda in a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a collins glass over ice and top with Vanilla DRY Sparkling. Serve with candied almonds or walnuts for a balanced happy hour snack.

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Elixir de France

This cocktail would like to say “bonjour” to your taste buds. The combination of Lillet Blanc, French brandy and vodka mix perfectly with Fuji Apple DRY Sparkling. And you can celebrate the fact that although this cocktail is simple, it has a bit of je ne sais quoi.

Ingredients:
2.5 oz. Fuji Apple DRY Sparkling
½ oz. Lillet Blanc
½ oz. French Brandy
1 oz. vodka
Garnish: Lemon slice

Instructions:
Shake Lillet, French brandy and vodka with ice. Pour the chilled Fuji Apple DRY Sparkling into your glass, then top with your mixture in the shaker. Garnish with a thin slice of lemon.

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Cinnamon Blitzen

…you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and now you know DRY Sparkling’s Cinnamon Blitzen! With just a few ingredients, this cocktail can be ready in no time – perfect during that holiday hustle.

Ingredients:
4 oz. Ginger DRY Sparkling
½ oz. cinnamon whiskey
1 oz. bourbon
1-2 dashes of orange bitters
Garnish: Squeeze of orange and cinnamon stick

Instructions:
Pour cinnamon whiskey, bourbon and Ginger DRY Sparkling over one large ice cube. Add a dash or two of orange bitters, and a squeeze of fresh orange juice. Give a quick stir with cinnamon stick and enjoy!

DRY Sparkling Cocktails for a Group

If you’re hosting a party and need multiple cocktails at once, a punch bowl will solve many of your woes. Freeze any fruit garnishes the day before (but leave herbs fresh!), then mix all ingredients in the bowl except for the DRY Sparkling soda. When it’s time to serve, ladle servings of the “punch” base into glasses, then top with the recommended flavor of DRY Sparkling.

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If you’re looking for an extra special mocktail this holiday season, look no further than Healthy Grocery Girl’s sparkling cider, using Fuji Apple DRY Sparkling. The warm flavor notes from the cinnamon make for a classic flavor combination when mixed with Fuji Apple DRY Sparkling. And bonus – it has about ¼ the sugar of most ciders. Head on over to her youtube channel the full recipe.

Have a go-to DRY Sparkling holiday cocktail recipe that you don’t see here? Send it to us via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or email us at info@drysoda.com and we just might feature you and your drink!

Cheers!