High “Spirits” : 6 American Christmas Cocktails That Make Starbucks Holiday Drinks Look Like Baby Formula

Posted by Sami Bagby on 17th Dec 2020

Christmas is around the corner, so what better to do than start serving up some festive Christmas drinks?

If you’re looking for something a little stronger than Starbucks holiday drinks (or more American), we’ve got the Christmas cocktail recipes for you!

From sweet to stiff, we’ve got the full line up of the season’s best fireside holiday cocktails to enjoy with your friends and family.

1. A Not-So-Conservative Whiskey Sour: The New York Sour

If there’s a wrong way to drink whiskey, it’s weak. If when you hear “whiskey sour” you think more sugar than spirit, then prepare yourself for a whole new whiskey sour experience. This is not the whiskey drink for people who want to forget they’re drinking whiskey.

While you can make a New York Sour with bourbon, we suggest a rye whiskey for a Christmas-y spice.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • ½ ounce red wine

What to Do:

  1. Pour everything but the wine into a shaker over ice and shake vigorously until well chilled.
  2. Strain into a badass American glass over fresh ice.
  3. SLOWLY, pour wine over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats on top of the drink.

To do this drink justice, serve in the most American whiskey glass you own. We suggest our crowd-pleaser, the  Real Bullet Trump 45 Whiskey Glass.)

If you’re looking for a delicious (and strong!) Christmas drink to sip by the fireplace, this double punch should do the trick.

2. The All-American Maple Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

Unfortunately, America can’t claim any firsts when it comes to whiskey as a whole, but we can claim bourbon. To make this classic cocktail the American way, we’re using a bourbon base, which just so happens to pair phenomenally with the rich undertones of maple syrup. (Extra bonus: no obscure simple syrups required!)

What You Need:

  • ¾ ounce maple syrup
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Garnish: Orange peel (optional)

What To Do:

  1. Combine syrup, bitters, and bourbon in an American whiskey glass (It doesn’t get more American than the Declaration of Independence in the form of an American-made whiskey glass, does it?).
  2. Stir until combined and add one large ice cube.
  3. Garnish: Orange peel and brandied cherry (optional).

3. The Very Merry Manhattan

This sweet, earthy take on a classic Manhattan drink pairs well with the scent of a fresh-cut Christmas tree and the feel of your silkiest pajamas.

What you need:

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces all-American bourbon
  • ½ ounce walnut liqueur
  • ¼ ounce coffee liqueur
  • Garnish: 1 bourbon-soaked, chocolate-covered cherry (optional)

What to do:

  1. Pour the bourbon and liqueurs into a cocktail shaker over ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass. (Or if you’re less uptown and more down-home-American, try it in the most down-home-American president's cup, the Reagan We The People Flag Glass Cup!)

4. (Spiked) Milk of Human Kindness

Care and compassion for others may be the real ingredients for the milk of human kindness (according to everyone’s favorite Christmas ghost), but this drink is as close as it gets here in the land of the living! Who doesn’t feel a little more jolly and loving after a few sips of spiked nog?

Fellow die-hard Trader Joe’s fans rejoice! The best time of year just got better! Trader Joe’s has released their Old Fashion Eggnog Liqueur:

“a mixture of spiced rum, brandy, and cinnamon, blended with a base of pure cream.”

However, if you’re in a state that requires alcohol be sold through the state, fear not. We have the recipe you need to make this gem for yourself.

(I don’t have an ABC Liquor near me, but I have it on good authority that they also sell some eggnog liqueurs for your convenience.)

What You Need:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • ½ to 1 ½ cups brandy (or bourbon or dark rum)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Garnish: grated nutmeg

What to Do:

  1. Whisk eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt until well combined.
  2. Pour milk into egg mixture and whisk vigorously.
  3. Put mixture on lowest heat on stove and stir until the temperature reaches 160 F and the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. (About 25 to 30 minutes).
  4. Strain into large bowl.
  5. Add desired amount of brandy.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  7. When ready to serve, whip heavy whipping cream and gently fold into eggnog.
  8. Serve in large glass mug. (We suggest the Molon Labe .308 Bullet Shot Glass for a truly patriotic Christmas experience.)

5. Burr-Bon Milk - (Clearly we’re big bourbon fans)

We’re back on our bourbon kick! If you’re a bourbon drinker, this cozy American holiday drink is for you. This is a super quick, super easy recipe from Bread Booze Bacon.

What you need:

  • 4 ounces 2% milk
  • 2 ½ tablespoons half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ ounces bourbon
  • 4 tsp powdered sugar
  • Garnish: ground nutmeg

What to do:

  1. Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake for 30 seconds, strain, garnish.
  2. Serve in some extra American glass mugs (Of course we’re partial to our 50 Caliber Pint Glass, but everyone is! We're currently sold out of this glass, but we have the equally beloved Trump .45 Real Bullet Pint Glass for your drinking pleasure. Or, if you prefer boring, unpatriotic glass mugs, that’s fine too.)

6. Christmas Tree Tipper Hot Chocolate

There aren’t many drinks that are more reminiscent of the Christmas season than hot chocolate. This tipsy version of the family favorite is all grown up.

Start with your favorite hot chocolate mix. (I’m personally partial to Ghiradelli’s Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa because it was the hot chocolate my grandma always made me when I was a kid. She also suggests stirring it into your ice cream.) Pour in your preferred milk (whole milk for the creamiest results) and a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream (because I’m a whiskey fan). To finish off the drink, add a splash of vanilla and serve with a sprig of rosemary.

Easy, boozy, sweet. It’s Christmas comfort in a cup!

What You’ll Need:

  • Favorite Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Preferred milk
  • 1 shot (1 ½ ounces) Bailey’s Irish Cream (Or an American-made alternative. I love Durham Distillery’s Damn Fine Chocolate Liqueur from my North Carolina days. It’s made with real, Raleigh-made chocolate.)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Garnish: sprig of rosemary or whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles (optional)

What to Do:

  1. Warm your milk and mix in desired amount of hot chocolate mix
  2. Add shot (or two!) of chocolate liqueur
  3. Top with chosen garnish
  4. Serve in your largest, most American mug! (You better believe we’ll be cozying up with our all-time favorite Trump 2020 Camper Mug! Unfortunately we JUST sold out of these, but we should be getting a similar Trump 45 Red Camper Mug soon! In the meantime, you can sip your cocoa out of our blue Trump Signature Camper Mug!)

To enjoy your Christmas spirits in one of our conservative whiskey glasses or mugs, be sure to select USPS Priority Mail for shipping in order to get it in time for Christmas! (Or choose standard Flat Rate Ground shipping to get your new favorite sets of glassware by New Years!)

Original Drink Recipes Found at:
1) New York Whiskey Sour -
2) Maple Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail -
3) Walnut Manhattan -
4) (Spiked) Milk of Human Kindness -
5) Bourbon Milk -