Your Guide to a Liquored-Up Holiday: Spirits and Recipes!

It’s just a known fact that the holiday times are for boozing, what with all the family time, stressful holiday shopping, taking care of children when they’re out of school for winter break, and all the LIES about Santa.  Is he real, or is he not?!  It’s just too much.

Instead of drinking in a sad corner by yourself, take it upon yourself enjoy your alcohol AND keep it classy this year.

If you can only have one drink the entire night, make it the perfect martini with Van Gogh Blue.  It’s the world’s first vodka made from three international wheat sources – central France, southern Germany, and Zeeland in Holland – so you get a great blended feel of all the best.  Hand-crafted in Holland and triple distilled, this triple-wheat vodka has an exceptionally smooth, polished taste.

For an extra dose of pizazz, they have a line of authentically flavored vodkas.   The Van Gogh Açai Blueberry is a personal favorite, providing a kick of tropical flavor and perfect for mixing as a fruity cocktail or for a large punch bowl, as is the Pomegranate.

For those that need an extra pick-me-up in the morning coffee, the Van Gogh Double Espresso will do just that, along with the Dutch Caramel and Dutch Chocolate.  At around $29.00 for a 750ml bottle, these Van Gogh bottles make a great gift item to bring to a host for a party.

Rum drinkers are usually a tougher bunch.  For the best odds on pleasing a rum affectionado, Ron Abuelo’s aged rums are where to put your money, smooth and rich in flavor.

The Ron Abuelo 7 Años is rich blend of rums, aged for seven years in small oak barrels, with hints of fruity caramel, tea leaf and notes of toasted coconut.  For even further complexity, Ron Abuelo 12 Años is richer, darker and more full-bodied.

The 7-year is around $23 for 750ml, and upgrade to the 12-year for just $33.  If you really want to upgrade, go for the Ron Abuelo Centuria at $130 for 750ml – but you’ll probably want to keep that for yourself.

To go for more unique drinks and cocktails, there are a slew of fine Italian liqueurs which can be enjoyed on their own or are mixed wonderfully in cocktails.  Although traditionally served after dinner with desserts, we think it’s fine to drink at any time when the mood strikes.

After dinner, in addition to your dessert, comes coffee to continue the party all night.  Molinari Caffè is a unique blend of coffee and other ingredients that gives it a distinguished taste and personality all its own.

Molinari Sambuca Extra is the top-selling spirit in Italy with anise-based liqueur.  Rich in flavor to complement dessert. has a rich flavor on its own, and is also great to add a spirited kick to after dinner coffee.  Limoncello di Capri is the first company to license and use the term “limoncello,” made with carefully selected lemons from Sorrento and Capri.  Find these for $22-25 each for 750ml.


 Now that you have the liquors picked out, try your hand at some of these great cocktail recipes:

 Starry Night

  • 4 oz Sparkling Rosé
  • 1 oz Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka

Pour chilled Van Gogh Acai Blueberry vodka into a flute.
Top with sparkling rosé wine and garnish with a starfruit.

Candy Cane Lane

  • 2-1/2 oz Van Gogh Blue Vodka
  • 1 oz White crème de menthe
  • 1/2 oz Peppermint schnapps
  • Cream
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • Peppermint candy for garnish

Add a dash of grenadine into the bottom of a chilled martini glass and set aside.  Pour the rest of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into the glass with grenadine to create a “swirl” effect.  Garnish with peppermint candy.

Pomchi Smash  

  • 1-1/2 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 10 fresh Raspberries
  • 5 Mint Leaves
  • Dash Angostura Bitters
  • Ginger Ale

Muddle raspberry with the mint. Add the rest of the ingredients. Shake hard and strain into a highball glass and top with ginger ale. Garnish with raspberry and mint.

Abuelo Sparkler 

  • 2 oz Ron Abuelo Añejo
  • 4 oz Sparkling Wine
  • Ginger ale

In a tall glass pour Ron Abuelo and sparkling wine.  Top with ginger ale.

Happy holidays!