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The holiday season means holiday celebrations and the time of year when party-hopping becomes a national sport. While it’s always recommended not to show up empty-handed (we recommend you bring the people this), sometimes you just want to have something on-hand that you know you’ll like. These should help get you through the initial awkward conversations, too.
We present you with our favorite pre-bottled cocktails for the drinker on-the-go this December. Just mix, bottle and dash off to a happy holiday season.
Note: We realize everyone is different, so mix proportionally at your own will. 'Tis the season to be jolly, so go ahead and be generous.
Our favorite mixed drink to pre-bottle and keep cold (easy in winter weather). The biggest pet peeve we find with the way most bartenders make G&T’s is that they take cold tonic water and mix it with warm, rail gin when this is the type of cocktail that's best served cold all the way through.
Take the two ingredients, add a little simple syrup and stick it in the fridge. When ready to head out, grab a couple limes and you’re good to go.
For this cocktail, we recommend using Blaum Bros. Gin, Aviation Gin or Letherbee Gin.
An easy cocktail to make in batches and keep ready-to-go in the fridge, the Manhattan requires only a few ingredients that tend to do well when left to mix together for a while. Combine bourbon, your favorite sweet vermouth, 2-3 dashes of bitters, and you’re all set. It’s best served chilled, so keep it in the back of your fridge until happy hour (or any hour).
For this cocktail, we recommend using Tin Cup Whiskey, George Dickel No. 12 or Elijah Craig 12 Year.
Smashes can be made from pretty much any fruit to create great seasonal drinks--see what’s looking good in the produce aisle and go with it. As implied, you will need to do some smashing.
Throw a few thyme leaves and 5-6 raspberries in a cocktail shaker. Then, using the back of a spoon or a muddler, smash the mix into a pulp-like consistency__. Add in a 1/4 cup of gin and 2 tablespoons of simple syrup, shake all the ingredients together, and pour into a bottle or jar. Hold the lime until you’re ready to drink.
For this cocktail, we recommend using Few Standard Issue Gin, Death's Door Gin or Journeyman Bilberry Black Hearts Gin.
Vodka and grapefruit make a great flavor combination, especially when combined with the carbonation of sparking water. Mix the vodka and grapefruit juice in a bottle as desired. We recommend going strong and regulating with ice when drinking, but find something that works for you. Add fresh lemon right before consuming.
For this cocktail we recommend using High West Vodka 7000', CH Distillery Vodka or Two James 28 Island Vodka.