Four New Cocktails to Guarantee a Very Merry Holiday

With the most wonderful–and booziest–time of the year finally here, you may want to take the opportunity during the season of making merry to do so with–and to serve your guests–some great new cocktails. We turned to the dynamic mixology duo Parker Boase and Gregory Lucas from Liquid Lab NYC, the Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based firm known for its innovative approach to mixology, for some fresh libation ideas. “We wanted to play with classic holiday flavors and colors in a fun and sophisticated way, and experiment with our favorite flavors such as fresh cranberries, agave, and herbs,” Boase and Lucas told us. “Winter is a wonderful time for bizarre, robust produce, fun garnishes, and spices.The cocktails were designed for either sitting by the fire and sipping slowly, or having a celebratory drinks with friends at a wild holiday event.”

REBittersweet Symphony
Bittersweet Symphony


Muddle 3 strawberry slices and 1 blood orange wedge

1.5 oz. London Dry Gin

0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

0.5 oz. Aperol

Shake all ingredients, Strain into Champagne flute or coup glass and top with prosecco.

Cranberry Beet Martini
Cranberry Beet Martini


1.5 oz. spiced rum

0.5 oz. Suze

0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

1-2 bar spoons sweetened beet puree

1.0 oz. cranberry juice

Shake all ingredients. Double strain through a tea strainer into a martini glass.

For the puree, boil three shaved beets in simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) until soft. Add to food processor with 1 cup of simple syrup. Mix with high speed blender, or mash heavily until consistency is pureed.

Maple & Oak
Maple & Oak


2.0 oz. bourbon

0.5 oz. maple syrup

0.5 oz Carpano Antica Formula

2 dashes of Fee Brothers “Old Fashioned Bitters”

Stir all ingredients until ice begins to crack. Sink into the liquid. Strain into martini glass or over a large ice cube; garnish with a stick of cinnamon and orange twist for aromatics. Sit by a fire, and sip slowly!


3 slices of ginger, muddled

2.0 oz. rosemary-infused vodka

1.0 oz. pomegranate juice

0.5 oz. fresh lime juice

Dash of Amber Agave Syrup

Shake all ingredients. Strain over fresh ice into copper mug or rocks glass if not available. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with rosemary or mint and an orange twist.

Thyme is of the Essence
Thyme is of the Essence


1 sprig of thyme

2 slices of fresh shaved ginger

1.5 oz. vodka

0.5 oz. fresh lime juice

Dash of simple syrup

2 dashes of orange bitters

Ginger beer

Muddle ginger until broken apart. Shake all ingredients (except ginger beer). Strain over fresh ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a fresh thyme sprig and orange twist.