Adventurous Cocktails for Your Holiday Party: A Taste of Texas

Posted on 11/16/2012

After attending a couple holiday parties, it’s easy to feel burned out on eggnog and hot buttered rum—but not to worry. When it comes to throwing your own seasonal soiree, these exciting cocktails are sure to spice things up for your guests and add a Texan flair to any tablescape.


Cucumber Ginger Gimlet

Recipe by Shawn, our bartender at Travaasa Austin

1 ½ oz. Hendricks’ gin

½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

¼ oz. simple syrup

Fill a shaker tin halfway with ice. Add ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.


Pear Nectar and Reposado Tequila Cocktail

Recipe from Cookie and Kate

1 ½ oz. reposado tequila

3-4 oz. pear nectar

Dash cinnamon

Drop vanilla extract

Light drizzle of honey

Juice from half a lemon

Cinnamon stick (optional garnish)

Fill a high ball glass with ice. Pour in tequila and pear nectar. Add cinnamon, vanilla and honey. Squeeze in lemon juice. Mix by pouring into a cocktail shaker or another glass. Shake or stir well, and pout into original glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


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