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“Worlds Best” Small Batch Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Your guests will be shouting CONGRATULATIONS like Buddy The Elf… And It won’t just be the alcohol talking

The holiday season is upon us, and we all know the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Even the biggest scrooges among us will want to show off their caroling chops after a few glasses of perfectly crafted small batch holiday cocktails. In this guide, we’ll give you three of our favorite drink recipes, explore the art of small batching, offer some north pole know-how from our drink-making elves and review the practical benefits of batch cocktails that will let you spend less time bartending and more time unboxing.

There’s Not Room For Every Ingredient On The Nice List

The holiday season can be a drain on the wallet, but small batching offers a solution to save both time and money. Small batches reduce waste, prevent overbuying, and keep your budget in check. Avoid excess bottles taking up space, single-use ingredients going to waste and elevate your mixology game with the right recipes. Your economical cocktails don’t have to be any less extraordinary.

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North-Pole Know How: Purchasing

Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, but your ingredients will. Plan ahead, get a guest count (as best you can… looking at you cousin Eddies of the world) and assume 2.5 drinks per person so you buy the right quantities.

Treat Every Day Like Christmas But Avoid Working As Hard As An Elf

The holiday season is a whirlwind of joy and connection, and the last thing you want to be doing is spending all your time behind the bar on the big day. Small batching your cocktails is the key to efficient party planning, allowing you to prepare in advance and spend more quality time with your guests. Pre-mix ingredients, prep garnishes, have everything set up for your cocktail in advance of the party so guests can self-serve as well. This approach lets you be present for… well presents and everything else.

North-Pole Know How: Efficiency.

The whole reason to small batch is you can have everything ready to go no matter how early your in-laws show up and tackle the million other things on your list to get ready for the party… cross this one off and don’t check it twice.

Serve Drinks That Smell Like Santa
(We Don’t Mean the Santa Who Smells Like Booze… or Beef and Cheese)

No one wants to be known for concocting a cocktail so strong it takes a “triple dog dare” just to try a sip. Consistency is key, ensuring that each guest enjoys the same delightful experience without unexpected surprises. Explore the benefits of small batching for maintaining a perfect balance in your cocktails. From measured pours to harmonized flavors, practice making your batch cocktails in advance so you can learn how this approach guarantees that Grandma’s secret eggnog recipe doesn’t leave everyone feeling like they’ve just seen the ghost of Christmas past the next morning.

North-Pole Know How: Consistency.

It isn’t just about taste; but definitely avoid drinks that taste like Passion Fruit spray perfume; it’s about creating a memorable experience for everyone (that they’ll actually remember).

“World's Best” Small Batch Holiday Cocktail Recipes

MULLED WINE
1.5 liters - Dry Red Wine
6 oz - Orange Juice
6 oz - Brown Sugar Syrup
3 Cinnamon Sticks and a pinch of Cloves
1/2 - Orange, sliced into heels
Grated Nutmeg to garnish (optional)


Add the wine, orange juice, and brown sugar to a slow cooker. Place the cinnamon sticks & cloves in a cheesecloth, tie it up, and add to the slow cooker. Top with orange slices then give it a little stir before covering it and letting it “mull” on low for up to an hour! Finish by grating some nutmeg as garnish along with an orange slice and cinnamon stick.
APPLE JUBILEE
12 oz - Medium Dry Red Wine
12 oz - Vodka
4 oz - Calvados (Apple Brandy)
2 oz - Maple Syrup (warm above room temp for increased viscosity)
2 oz - Lemon Juice 
Apple Slice Garnish (optional)

Start by adding apple slices to a glass with ice. Add red wine, vodka, Calvados, maple syrup, and lemon juice to a shaker or cup. Shake or stir ingredients together and strain into glass with apple slices.
PINE BARRENS
12 oz - Vodka
3 oz - Greeen Chartreuse
8 oz - Lemon Juice
8 oz - Simple Syrup
Rosemary Sprig (optional) 

Start by filling a glass with ice and add in a few cranberries. Add the vodka, green chartreuse, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker. Shake & strain into to glass with ice & cranberries. Garnish with a rosemary sprig (try placing it upside down to make it look like a Christmas tree).
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*All of the recipes are batched to make approximately 8 drinks.

Don’t Be Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins, Enjoy Your Time With Friends And Family

We hope these small batch cocktail recipes and tips help elevate your holiday gatherings. From time-saving preparation to consistent flavors and budget-friendly practices, we’re true believers that these small batch cocktails will help your guests have “the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny Kaye.”

But if something goes wrong, they don’t turn out the way our expert bartenders can make them or someone spills the red wine on the carpet, just remember to enjoy time with friends and family above all else. That’s what the season is really about. Plus, worst case scenario you can always just put syrup in your coffee or cocoa and call it a cocktail. Cheers to a season filled with joy, connection, and, of course, delicious drinks!

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