Premium holiday cocktails for the perfect indulgence this Christmas

It may not be the most pleasant winter yet, but the festive spirit remains undeniable. And what makes a Christmas better than an array of easy to whip up cocktails? 

A Christmas menu is incomplete without puddings, rum balls, plum cakes, and an array of wintery cocktails of course. From velvety smooth eggnogs to rich and warm mulled wines, there’s no dearth of drinks for enhanced festivities. 

Alongside some wild cards from Glenmorangie and Hennessy, we’ve also curated some holiday cocktails from Maka Zai. What sets these recipes apart is the ease of preparation as well as the heritage involved. 

The O’ Coquito, for example, is a traditional Christmas drink that originated in Puerto Rico. The coconut-based alcoholic beverage is similar to eggnog, sometimes referred to as Puerto Rican Eggnog. 

The Rumhattan, on the other hand, is inspired from the classic Manhattan. Inspired from the character of this drink, the use of the Maka Zai Tribute edition gold rum makes for an interesting blend. 

While each cocktail utilises a unique blend of bitters, sweet notes and garnishes – they’re all decidedly simple concoctions with complex flavour notes. At the next Christmas gathering and NYE bash, you’re sure to turn heads (quite literally!) with these drinks!

O’ Coquito

Glass – Stem glass

In spanish, coquito means little coconut, as used in this traditional christmas cocktail originating from puerto rico
In Spanish, Coquito means little coconut, as used in this traditional Christmas cocktail originating from Puerto Rico

Ingredients

  • 45 ml Maka Zai Gold Rum
  • 15 ml Triple Sec
  • 10 ml Orgeat
  • 20 ml coconut cream
  • Grated nutmeg
  • Grated cinnamon
  • A whole egg
  • Star anise to garnish

Method 

  • In a shaker, pour all the ingredients and give it a nice shake without the ice. The egg as well as the other ingredients will emulsify and mix well. 
  • Once this is done, add one big cube of ice and give it another shake. 
  • Pour in a nice stem glass and garnish it with grated nutmeg and grated cinnamon on top.

Rumhattan

Glass – Coupe

The rumhattan is inspired by the classic manhattan. The traditional version of the cocktail uses a bourboun whiskey
The Rumhattan is inspired by the classic Manhattan. The traditional version of the cocktail uses a bourboun whiskey

Ingredients

  • 45 ml Maka Zai Tribute Edition (Gold Rum)
  • 15 ml Sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes of Aromatic Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel, to garnish

Method

  • In a chilled mixing jar, add a lot of ice, pour all the ingredients and gently stir down the mix for 30 seconds. 
  • Pour it in a chilled coupe glass. Express the orange oils on the top of the cocktails and garnish it with orange peels.

Ponnje Toddy

Glass – MZ Goblet

Ponjee toddy is a warm traditional christmas cocktail reminiscient of mulled wine
Ponjee Toddy or Palm wine is a warm traditional Christmas cocktail reminiscient of mulled wine

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Maka Zai Gold Rum
  • 1 bar spoon orange marmalade
  • 7.5 ml ginger honey
  • 120 ml Earl Grey Tea
  • Clove studded orange slice, cinnamon, star anise to garnish

Method 

  • In a warm goblet, put 1 bar spoon of orange marmalade, add in the gold rum, ginger honey, spices like star anise, cinnamon and give it a nice stir till the marmalade dissolves. 
  • Add warm earl grey tea from the top and garnish it with an orange slice studded with clove. The cinnamon can be burnt as well for a better experience.

Cranberry Carols

Glass – Highball

True to its name, this festive coloured cocktail is perfect for christmas parties!
True to its name, this festive coloured cocktail is perfect for Christmas parties!

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Maka Zai White Rum
  • 120 ml Cranberry red wine sauce
  • 120 ml ginger beer
  • Dried berry, orange slice to garnish

Method

  • In a shaker, add all the ingredients other than soda and ginger beer and give it a nice shake. Strain it into a highball glass full of ice. 
  • Now gently pour the ginger beer and finish it with a dash of soda. Garnish with some dried berries and edible flowers.

Hennessy Maple Spiced Old Fashioned 

Made with a literal very special hennessy, this cocktail is for those looking for a little luxury this holiday season!
Made with a literal Very Special Hennessy, this cocktail is for those looking for a little luxury this holiday season!

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Hennessy Very Special
  • 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 7.5 ml homemade spiced maple syrup
  • A slice of ginger & dehydrated lime to garnish

Method

  • Add spiced maple syrup, bitters and Hennessy in a mixing glass full of ice. Stir until well chilled and diluted. 
  • Strain into an old fashioned glass with an ice block. Garnish with a flamed cinnamon stick.

Glenmorangie Orange Mingle 

Glassware – Nick & Nora

Combing traditional flavours of whiskey and orange, this holiday cocktail is for whiskey lovers
Combing traditional flavours of whiskey and orange, this holiday cocktail is perfect for whiskey lovers

Ingredients

  • 45 ml Glenmorangie Original
  • 2 ml orange marmalade
  • 10 ml aperol
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 10 ml orange juice
  • 25 ml egg white
  • Orange bitters
  • Edible flowers to garnish

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a shaker and reverse dry shake. 
  • Double strain into a nick and nora glass. Garnish with bitters and edible flowers.

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