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Holiday Cocktails

There's nothing like a good holiday cocktail at Christmas time. Last year, I worked with Alchemist Alie to create a delicious cocktail that came in the JCD holiday box with some beautiful gold bar tools. It was a hit and they sold out so quick! Unfortunately The JCD Shop is closed until further notice due to our move to the U.S so I thought I'd offer this secret recipe to you all this year here on the blog! Read below for a yummy cocktail as well as a mocktail!

• The Holiday Sour •

1.5 oz amaretto

1 oz rosemary syrup (See recipe below)

1 oz lemon juice

1 oz cranberry juice

1 muddled clementine

1 egg white

3-5 drops of orange bitters

Cranberries & sprig of rosemary for garnish


Segment clementine & add to your cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients to your cocktail shaker except the orange bitters. Muddle the clementine. Dry shake your cocktail shaker to create a foam. Add a scoop of ice then shake again until cold. Strain contents into a cocktail glass over ice. Scoop foam on top. Drizzle the orange bitters. Garnish with sugared cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

Rosemary Clove Syrup:

1 cup sugar

4-6 fresh rosemary sprigs

1 cup water


Bring water to a boil. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the rosemary and boil for 60 sec. Remove from pan from heat and steep for 30 minutes-1 hour depending how strong of flavour you would like. Poor cooled syrup through mesh strainer and store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Cheers! You can check out Alchemist Alie on Instagram here: @alchemist.alie

This recipe I adapted from my mom's Christmas punch and it's always been a hit at Holiday parties!

• Christmas Punch •

1 can frozen orange juice

1 can frozen pink lemonade

2 cans of filtered water

~2 cups of Cranberry Juice (add more if taste calls for it)

~ half a litre of Cranberry gingerale (regular gingerale is fine if you can't find this version)

Garnish with frozen cranberries & sprigs of thyme or rosemary

This makes a large batch of punch usually served in a punch bowl. You can cut the recipe in half if making a pitcher size. Make it a traditional cocktail by adding your favourite spirit! I find vodka goes best with this but tequila and gin also work great. Skip the gingerale if you chose to add Prosecco!

Cheers & Happy Holidays!


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