Seasonal Cocktails

Getting back to reality is proving to be harder than expected. I love what I do, but this holiday break has been pretty great! We’ve enjoyed amazing times with family and friends, and have enjoyed a lot of really good food and drinks.

People always talk about the weight they gain over the holidays because its a time of excess. Excess love, excess food, excess drinks, excessive fun! It isn’t often that you get to see so many of the people you love all at once, and returning home really is bittersweet.

My friends can tell you, I make a mean cocktail, and what better way to combat those back to reality blues than with a fun zany cocktail! I made two great options that I will share in this post that are perfect combinations using seasonal ingredients!


The first cocktail, I call the Spicy Mexican. Between the ginger and the jalapeño, you will really feel alive!

What you need:

  • 2 oz añejo tequila
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz ginger liquore
  • sliced fresh ginger
  • sliced fresh jalapeño
  • agave syrup to taste

I recommend making this drink early to let all the flavors mingle together. It’s an ideal option if you’re having a party to make in big batches and let marinate for a few hours.

Mix together all of your ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until well blended.

Serve in a martini glass or glass of your choice with a few slices of fresh ginger and jalapeño in the glass, and a wedge of lime of the edge.


Now this next drink, I call the Hot Johnny.  It’s the Hot Johnny because you use apple cider (Johnny Appleseed), and its best served warm!

What you need:

  • 8 oz of apple cider
  • sliced fresh lemon
  • cinnamon sticks
  • star anise
  • 2-4 oz of bourbon whisky

Warm up your cider on the stove top or in the microwave.

Add in the bourbon (amount is up to you, depending on how strong you want it), one cinnamon stick, one star anise, and a slice of lemon.

This is another great one to make in big batches for a party.  It will truly warm you from the inside out, and make you feel perfectly in season with your cocktail choice!

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