When we get obsessed with our rebellious spirit, we are ready to turn the world around. Even when it means holiday cocktails that stay a bit further from sparkling wines and rely on stronger alcoholic ingredients. Our five favourites revolve around bourbon, vodka and tequila…

Pomegranate Margarita

This flanker of the traditional cocktail perfectly matches the upcoming festive evenings. In order to prepare this concoction for 6 people, you are going to need:

400 ml freshly-squeezed lemon juice
3 ½ cups tequila
2 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup triple sec
5 limes
Ice cubes and pomegranate seeds to serve

In a big bowl mix the lemon juice, tequila, pomegranate juice and triple sec. Cut the limes in wedges and cut the flesh of each wedge in the middle, keeping the peel intact in order to place them on the rim of the glass. Put ice cubes and pomegranate seeds in each glass before serving. Place the lime wedge on the rim of the glass and pour.

Vodka Espresso Cocktail

Do not let the boring name misguide you that the taste of the drink itself is as non-descript. Apart from this, the intense holiday rhythm of staying up late might make you feel exhausted, while this cocktail is going to boost both your energy levels and your desire for new adventures. The ingredients for 1 cocktail are the following:

30 ml vodka (or tequila)
30 ml cold espresso
15 ml Tia Maria
15 ml Kahlúa Especial

Mix the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously and serve in a chilled martini glass (or three shot glasses).

Jack Frost

Actually quite a delicious cocktail, one which is going to make your holidays sparkle even more. For 4 drinks you need:

100 ml vodka (or rum)
200 ml pineapple juice
100 ml cream of coconut
100 ml Blue Curaçao
Coconut flakes for rimming the glass

Mix everything together with ice cubes in a blender. In case you do not fancy the idea of an icy cocktail, you could also work a martini out of the same ingredients.

The Old-Fashioned That Always Remains Up-to-Date

This classis cocktail contains Angostura bitters and bourbon. And even though it might have been called an Old-Fashioned, we know how such things always manage to stay current.

1 sugar cube
15 drops Angostura bitters
Splash of soda
60 ml bourbon
Lemon peel to garnish

In an old-fashioned glass mix the sugar, bitters and soda. Stir vigorously until forming a paste. Add ice cubes and pour bourbon on top. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Spicy Manhattan

A classic, spiced up with a little bit of heat. This is the shortest way to describe our last cocktail suggestion. Briefly, in order to enjoy it, you should get ready with:

Spiced-up vermouth:
2 cups sweet vermouth
1 teaspoon allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
Dash cayenne pepper
Dash sea salt


75 ml Hennessy cognac
25 ml infused vermouth
Dash of angostura bitters
Twist of orange
Fresh nutmeg to sprinkle

In order to spice up the vermouth, heat it until just before boiling. Add all the dry ingredients. Turn off the heat, cover with a lid and let infuse for several hours, up to overnight. Pour through a strainer into an empty container and reserve for later use.

For each Manhattan cocktail pour the Hennessy, spiced-up vermouth and bitters in a shaker. Add ice cubes and shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass. Add a twist of orange peel and sprinkle freshly-ground nutmeg over the top.

As much as we like traditions, we always leave some space for cocktail adventures. Why not join us?

Text: Ivayla Vlahova

Photos: Press

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