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Posted by Wagner Wine & Spirits on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Are you looking to add a little flare to your holiday party, or do you simply just want to try something new? Here are three festive concoctions that are easy to put together for you and your guests.

Homemade Brandy Eggnog

Everyone loves this classic holiday beverage and it’s perfect for parties. Did you know it’s not hard to make from scratch? While this recipe uses brandy, you can also make it with rum or whiskey! See the original article here.

Classic Brandy EggnogWhat You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the brandy, milk, simple syrup, and egg.
  • Dry shake without ice.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, then shake vigorouslyfor about 30 seconds to ensure the egg is well mixed.
  • Strain into an old-fashioned or cocktail glass.
  • Add a dash of grated nutmeg or cinnamon as a garnish.

Note: Be sure to use fresh eggs when using them for cocktails. Here is an easy way to test the freshness of your eggs if you are unsure.

Merry ManhattanMerry Manhattan

For the bourbon lovers in your life, try out this festive version of this classic cocktail. The star of the show here is the spiced simple syrup. While it does take some time to prepare, you can store it in the fridge for later use. Make it using our Russell’s Reserve Wagner Family Barrel Pick “Flavor Sword,” and you will have THE hit of the holiday season. See the original recipe here.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 drops angostura bitters
  • 1/2 oz spiced simple syrup


Spiced Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2″ piece ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed with the side of a knife


How to Make It:

  1. Combine all cocktail ingredients in a shaker with a handful of ice; shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty. Pour into short (Old Fashioned) glass.

To Make Simple Syrup:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Allow spices to steep for at least an hour. Strain into a glass jar; cover and store leftover syrup in the fridge.

Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Whisper

If you are looking for a refreshing drink that also looks AND tastes like Christmas, then this is the perfect drink for you. The simple syrup requires a little bit of effort, but you can refrigerate what you don’t use for future cocktail making. See the original recipe here.

Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin WhisperWhat You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary simple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp pomegranate juice
  • Club soda, chilled
  • Rosemary sprigs and pomegranate arils for garnish

How to Make It:

  1. Mix gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously 10-12 times then pour over ice in a lowball glass
  2. Top with club soda and stir gently.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a large spoonful of pomegranate arils!


Rosemary Simple Syrup:

Add 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 sprig rosemary into a sauce pan. Boil water until sugar dissolves, remove from heat, add rosemary and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove rosemary and refrigerate simple syrup.