When it comes to throwing the ultimate holiday party, it’s all about merry tracks and festive attire — and, of course, Yuletide-worthy cocktails. To ensure your soiree is the best one of the season, check out these four bottles — each one bringing its own flair to any fete.
Absolut does it again this year with Electrik, a gorgeous electric blue glass bottle that was born party-ready. Consider it the perfect component for a handful of holiday party offerings, including peppermint martinis, White Russians, and Moscow Mules.
BACHE GABRIELSEN COGNAC
Eggnog got a heck of a lot fancier with this recently debuted cognac, which is aged in new American Tennessee oak barrels for a minimum of six months. As such, expect an easy sipper chock full of warm flavors, including vanilla, cocoa, and nuts. For something more refreshing, opt for a cognac-based French 75, topped off with lemon juice, Champagne, and simple syrup.
MAKER’S MARK BOURBON
It wouldn’t be much of a holiday party without bourbon — especially one as versatile as this bottle, which is aged in new American oak that has been seasoned outdoors for at least nine months, diminishing the bitter tannins from the wood and increasing the good stuff, like deep notes of vanilla and caramel. It’s this one you’ll want to reach for to create a variety of seasonal sippers, from hot toddies and mulled cider, to eggnog and Irish coffee.
SUGAR ISLAND RUM
There’s no better spirit to escape the cold with than rum, and no better cocktail to do so with than a daiquiri. If you are looking for something a little more winter-esque they’ve got us covered there, too, thanks to a spiced variation complete with all of the eggnog essentials: vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
By Nicole Schnitzler