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15 Holiday Cocktail Recipes From Your Favorite Hotels

December 16, 2020
Photo: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Flip Nog

2020 has been quite the year. Like many of you, we miss traveling, meeting with others face-to-face and exploring new places—and as the pandemic continues, some of these things still need to be put on hold a little while longer.

We don’t know about you, but it’s felt like a long year and we could use some holiday cheer!

Even though the holidays might look a little different than normal in the coming weeks, there are still ways you can celebrate the joy of the season in your own kitchen!

A handful of hotels you love for meetings have graciously opened up their recipe books to gift our readers some truly fun, creative cocktails to make and enjoy at home.

So, grab your cocktail shaker, summon your inner bartender and give one of these tasty libations a try to raise your spirits—and if you discover a recipe that’s a keeper, show our hotel friends some love and share your creations by tagging them on social media (and us too, @meetingstoday).

From our Meetings Today family to yours, happy holidays—and cheers!

Bourbon Steak Flip Nog, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Photo: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Flip Nog

This featured holiday drink at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is for those adventurous home mixologists who feel like getting a little fancy.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 oz. cognac VSOP
  • 1/2 oz. amaro montenegro
  • 1/2 oz. frangelico
  • 1/2 oz. half/half
  • 1 oz. vanilla simple syrup (equal parts sugar/water 32 oz. to 2-4 vanilla sticks)
  • Whole nutmeg with microplane or ground nutmeg 
  • All-purpose wine glass

How to Make It

  1. Make the vanilla syrup: Take 2-4 vanilla bean sticks, cut down middle and add to pot. Once pot is on the stove add equal parts of 32 ounces sugar/water, bring to simmer and let simmer for 10 minutes, making sure it does not boil. After syrup has cooled, pass through a fine strainer.
  2. In your smaller shaker tin, add egg, half/half, vanilla syrup, frangelico, amaro and cognac. Add ice and shake well for 20-30 seconds. 
  3. Roll the cocktail into the larger shaker tin and rinse out smaller shaker tin. With a Hawthorne strainer and fine mesh strainer, return the cocktail with no ice into the rinsed smaller shaker tin.
  4. Dump ice and rinse large shaker tin. After rinsed out and cleaned, re-shake cocktail for 10-20 seconds. 
  5. Pour into wine glass and add your garnish. Either microplane nutmeg over the cocktail or sprinkle ground nutmeg over the cocktail.

Santa’s Treat, Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago

Photo: Santa’s Treat, Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago

A few sips of this three-ingredient holiday treat will transport you to The Peninsula Chicago’s captivating rooftop lounge, Z Bar, which overlooks famed Michigan Avenue.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. of 12-year-old rum (El Dorado is used in this cocktail)
  • 1 oz. amaretto
  • 1 oz. heavy cream

How to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients and shake over ice.
  2. Serve over ice, garnish with shavings of nutmeg on top.

Breakfast at Oliver’s, Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas

Photo: Breakfast at Oliver’s, Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas

Bring the flavors of a Bahamas holiday vacation to your family room with Atlantis Paradise Island’s sweet and tropical bourbon drink.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. High West Prairie Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. creme de cacao
  • 1/2 oz. Demerara syrup
  • 1/2 oz. heavy cream
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

How to Make It

  1. Mix all into a shaker with ice and shake with vigor.
  2. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and add a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Thyme Well Spent, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa

Photo: Thyme Well Spent, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa

Nestled in the Sonoran Desert outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, CIVANA keeps wellness at the fore. Fresh ingredients like thyme and lemon give this winter cocktail a bright flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. Lemon Lavender Tea Honey Syrup
  • 3/4 oz. lemon
  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1 lemon wheel
  • 1 lavender sprig
  • 1 thyme sprig

How to Make It

  1. Add all ingredients into the mixing glass, adding the gin last.
  2. Add an ample amount of ice to the mixing glass.
  3. Stir in a smooth continuous motion until ice is slightly melted and drink is well chilled.
  4. Double strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  5. Add two to four dashes of Creole Bitters.
  6. Garnish using a lemon wheel and thyme and lavender sprigs.

Stone Fence, InterContinental Boston

Photo: Stone Fence, InterContinental Boston

This apple-inspired cocktail from Beantown’s AAA Four Diamond InterContinental Boston is quick to make and easy to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Lairds Apple Jack Apple Cider
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Cubed crisp apples for garnish
  • Mint springs for garnish

How to Make It

  1. Pour all ingredients into large cocktail shaker and strain over ice in a Collins glass.
  2. Garnish with cubed apples and mint.

 

 

 

 

Santa Nog, Hotel Monteleone

Photo: Santa Nog, Hotel Monteleone

While you may not be able to enjoy a festive beverage in Hotel Monteleone’s famed Carousel Bar this year, you can recreate the New Orleans hotel’s magic by mixing together its Santa Nog.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Drambuie
  • 1/2 oz. Scotch
  • 3-4 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 3-4 drops vanilla bitters
  • 4-5 oz. half-and-half
  • Ice
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

How to Make It

  1. Pour all liquids into an ice-filled Boston shaker and shake until well blended and chilled.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a dusting of nutmeg.

Sweater Weather Seasonal Cocktail, Toro Toro at InterContinental Miami

Photo: Sweater Weather Seasonal Cocktail, Toro Toro at InterContinental Miami

InterContinental Miami’s modern steakhouse Toro Toro serves both comforting dishes with Latin flair and unique cocktails. Whether you live in Florida’s warm climate or chillier parts of the country, this drink will have you in the mood for sweater weather.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Zaya Rum
  • 1 oz. Licor 43
  • 1/2 oz. Kahlua
  • Double shot of espresso
  • 3 dashes of chocolate bitters

How to Make It

  1. Combine ingredients with ice in martini shaker.
  2. Shake, pour and enjoy!

 

Picante Pomegranate Cocktail, The Broadmoor

Photo: Picante Pomegranate Cocktail, The Broadmoor

Fresh pomegranate gives this tequila drink from Colorado’s meeting powerhouse The Broadmoor a tasty winter twist.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. 100% pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 oz. Pama pomegranate liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. black pepper simple syrup*

How to Make It

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and shake on ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled, Campari sugar-rimmed martini glass** and garnish with a flamed orange peel.

* To make Black Pepper Simple Syrup: Place 1/2 cup of black peppercorns in a plastic bag and crush coarsely with a flat meat hammer or rolling pin. Pour into 1 1/2 cups of water and heat to boiling. Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar and simmer, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool overnight, strain the peppercorns out and refrigerate.

** To make Campari sugar: On a silicone baking sheet, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 oz. Campari Liqueur, and allow to dry completely at room temperature. Peel from the sheet, and granulate with a mortar and pestle until fine enough for rimming a glass.

Cranberry Allspice Old Fashioned, Belmond Charleston Place

Photo: Cranberry Allspice Old Fashioned, Belmond Charleston Place

Sipping an old fashioned inside South Carolina’s historic Belmond Charleston Place is the epitome of luxury and class. Bring that fancy feeling to your home with this wintery twist on a classic.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Barbancourt 15-year rhum
  • 1/2 oz. allspice and brown sugar simple syrup
  • Dried cranberries and oranges muddled
  • 1 orange peel, for garnish and glass

How to Make It

  1. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, muddle dried cranberries, orange, allspice and brown sugar simple syrup against bottom and side of a glass.
  2. Fill glass with ice. Stir in rhum, cranberry juice and splash of club soda (optional).
  3.  Garnish with orange slice and cranberries.

Navidad Rojo, Wild Dunes Resort

Photo: Navidad Rojo, Wild Dunes Resort

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, this Destination Hotel, located just 30 minutes from the historic downtown of Charleston, serves up this holiday cocktail in a decorated ornament. Try making it on your own at home!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Don Julio Silver
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. heavy cream
  • 1 oz. agave syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Dash of red food coloring

How to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds to incorporate.
  2. Strain into another cocktail shaker and shake without ice for 20-30 seconds vigorously. (Hint: Use the blender ball from a protein shake bottle to improve fizz and froth.)
  3.  Add a splash of soda water to the desired glass—or funnel into a clear glass ornament—and stir once for a little fizz. Cheers!

CHX Skimosa, Chateaux Deer Valley

Photo: CHX Skimosa, Chateaux Deer Valley

Toast to the holiday season with this fun riff on a traditional mimosa from popular mountain resort Chateaux Deer Valley, which is home to the largest ballroom space in Park City, Utah.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. Ketel One vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Gran Marnier
  • 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • Da Luca prosecco

How to Make It

  1. Shake vodka, Gran Marnier and pineapple juice.
  2. Strain into champagne flute and top with prosecco.

 

 

 

Winter Sangria, The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel

Photo: Winter Sangria, The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel

The vacation mindset isn’t far away when you have a no-fail recipe for sangria. This winter version from Maryland’s Live! Casino & Hotel is a winner!

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. red wine
  • 1 1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1/2 oz. brandy
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • Orange and apple wedges
  • Additional apples and Luxardo cherries, for garnish

How to Make It

  1. Pour red wine into a glass. (We enjoy using a wine glass for the ideal Sangria look.)
  2. Stir in pomegranate juice.
  3. Add triple sec and brandy, stir.
  4. Mix in simple syrup.
  5. Cut 1-2 orange and apple wedges to add to the drink for a fruit-forward finish.
  6. Garnish the cocktail with sliced apples and Luxardo cherries, if desired.

Peppermint Martini, The Wigwam

Photo: Peppermint Martini, The Wigwam

Phoenix’s desert oasis, The Wigwam, serves this festive peppermint martini at its signature restaurant, Litchfield’s. Until you can bask in the Southwestern sun again, mix this drink up to bring a bit of the resort to you.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. of vodka
  • Godiva chocolate
  • Crushed peppermint candies
  • 1/2 oz. of peppermint schnapps

How to Make It

  1. Dip the rim of the martini glass in Godiva chocolate and crushed peppermint.
  2. Combine vodka, Godiva chocolate and peppermint schnapps in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake over ice, serve in a martini glass and enjoy!

Christmas in Cancun, Mohegan Sun

Photo: Christmas in Cancun, Mohegan Sun

Straight from the bar at Mohegan Sun’s Todd English’s Tuscany is a tropical drink that will bring the beach to your home.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Mohegan Sun Series 1 Tequila (or your preferred Añejo or Reposado)
  • 2 oz. piña colada mix
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • Cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon (to garnish)

How to Make It

  1. Shake all components and pour into a low ball glass.
  2. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, or sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Harvest Mule, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Photo: Harvest Mule, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Fans of Cambridge, Maryland’s Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay know the best way to enjoy a cocktail on site is with a bite to eat while in the Michener’s Library, featuring a cozy fireplace setting with glass walls overlooking the River Marsh Golf Course and the Choptank River. The next best? Whipping up their seasonal Harvest Mule and enjoying in front of your home fireplace with a blanket.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 oz. of Jack Daniels
  • 1 oz. of lime juice
  • 3 oz. of cider
  • 2 oz. of ginger beer
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish

How to Make It

  1. Combine all liquids in a glass over ice.
  2.  Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Hungry for more? Check out more recipes from properties around the world!

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Danielle LeBreck | Lead Destinations Content Strategist

Danielle started at Meetings Today in March 2019 after seven years of editorial experience in the travel and food industries. She oversees all of the destination content for Meetings Today and collaborates with the team on digital content strategy and content marketing initiatives.