Holiday Drinks from Mr. Booze

Autumn Cocktails – rich spicy drinks for a rich spicy season

Here’s a quick list, gathered from our recipe page, of the drinks I feel are best suited for fall drinking. Of coarse, these drinks can be drunk year round, I find they drink even better while wearing a sweater. As much as I enjoy imbibing all twelve months of the year, fall is special; you’re out raking leaves, enjoying your patios, balconies and yards more, the dark comes earlier, and food becomes hardier. Try any of these between September and December.

Apple Ginger Sangaree

Apple Pie

Bourbon and Ginger

Fox River

Ginger Snap

Hot Buttered Rum


Mamie Taylor


Rob Roy

Stone Fence


Aberdeen Flip

Flash …. Holiday Cocktail too good to wait for next year!

Chivas is a pretty tasty blended scotch and when I tried a Chivas cocktail created by bartender, Max Warner specifically for the holidays, I was impressed. Even though recently created, the Aberdeen Flip has that old-school bite & richness that I crave in a cocktail. The egg addition provides a custard like quality that combines with the blackberry and chocolate flavors that really took me somewhere Christmassy & special. I used the Chivas 18 year old, Regal, but their regular blended would also work fine. I don’t put up a lot of scotch recipes, and I’m trying to fix that by trying more. This Aberdeen Flip gives me serious hope that I’m about to stumble into the hidden world of lesser knows scotch cocktails. This is a serious Holiday cocktail that tastes like a mid-December, special drink should.

Here we go –

  • 2 oz Chivas Scotch (if you have the 18, why not?)
  • 1 oz Oloroso (sweet) Sherry
  • 1 egg (don’t fear the egg…just make certain it’s a fresh one)
  • 1/4 oz spiced syrup (I used my ginger simple. You can find the recipe on site)
  • couple dashes chocolate bitters (I use Fee Brothers. You can get them on Amazon)
  • tsp Blackberry jam

Add all ingredients into shaker and shake hard. Add cracked ice and shake very hard again, maybe for a minute. Strain frothy, chilly wonder into sherry glass or cocktail glass, then dust with nutmeg. Skip crummy Christmas party and make another.

Brandy Alexander

In Mr. Booze’s younger days, he may have laughed at you for recommending this dusty, old classic. Sweet? Creamy? Are you kidding? But I’ve grown older and wiser in my years and have learned to appreciate these old-timer’s drinks; they’ve stood the test of time for a reason. My Booze has also grown larger in the past few years, he’s found in necessary to skip dessert on occasion and the Brandy Alexander can often be substituted for pie. Rich, creamy and yum. By the fire, with Nat Cole singing I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, this drink is a Holiday decoration in a glass. Every once in a while, this drink is just what the doctor ordered. The drink is simple to make and will have your guests feeling special that you’ve gone to so much trouble (when you haven’t).

Here we g0:

  • 2 ounces Cream
  • 2 Ounces Brandy
    You don’t have to break the bank with your Brandy choice, I use E&J and it is just fine.
  • 2 ounces Dark Crème De Cacao

Add all ingredients in a shaker with plenty of cracked ice. The above recipe is almost enough for 2 large drinks but they’re so darn good, you’ll want seconds. Shake ‘til it is frosty and strain into a festive martini glass or double old-fashioned. Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Here’s a secret – Add a ½ ounce shot of Coffee Liqueur and you’ll have a great new twist on this classic. When I do this, I use Kamora.

Bourbon and Ginger

Simple, subtle and absolutely worth mentioning. This drink involves little mixing, just the proper ingredients, and the right glass. If you mix it perfectly and have the right Ginger on hand, you’ll be hard-pressed to ever order a rum and coke on a night out again. You’ll fall in love with this underground classic. For years, the quick pour of the golf-pro, the Ad exec, and the Bank VP, the Bourbon and Ginger will become your poker staple. A great drink for Fall and Winter; not too sweet, easy to drink, nice on the stomach, quick to mix.

You have to have the right glass for this one. Go to a thrift shop, garage sale, kitsch shop or in an old box in your parent’s basement and find a set of Hi-Ball glasses. Ideally, they should stand around six or seven inches tall. The classics of the day came with naughty cartoons or 60’s, geometric patterns stenciled on them. You’ll need a set.

Here we go:
– 2 Ounces good Bourbon
– Ginger Beer to fill.

When it comes to a Bourbon and Ginger, Ginger Beer is where you need to go. Mr. Booze’s absolute favorite brand is Goya. It’s rich and gingery to the point of being almost peppery. Fill your glass half up with ice; add a stir stick. Add your bourbon then fill to near top with the ginger beer. Stir sharply ‘til its frothy. You can throw in a cherry if it is Christmas.