Food & Wine | Holiday Cocktails to spread good cheer

The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s time to start thinking about those special occasions with the ones you love. I’ve been in a cocktail mindset lately with an exciting ARTEMANO feature coming soon, but thought that the recipes I was recently introduce to were too good to wait. Our friends at Diageo Canada invited me for a personal holiday cocktail session with Simon Hooper, Diageo Canada’s Reserve Brand Ambassador. Take a look at some of my favourite recipes below that I will be creating this holiday season, and now you can too!

Baileys_ Spiced Yum

BAILEYS Spiced Yum

1 oz BAILEYS Vanilla Cinnamon (chilled)

½ oz CAPTAIN MORGAN Original Spiced Rum

1 oz Cold coffee

1 tsb Honey

Shake ingredients together and strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy.


KETEL ONE Dutch Mule

1.5 oz of KETEL ONE

3 oz Ginger beer

1 tsb Sugar syrup

0.25 oz Lime juice

1 Mint sprig

1 Lime slice 

In a glass with ice, add KETEL ONE, sugar syrup and lime juice.

Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.

Captain Morgan Christmas Mojito

CAPTAIN MORGAN Christmas Mojito

1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN White Rum

4 oz. Soda Water

½ oz. Lime juice

1 tsb Sugar

10 Mint leaves


Place mint leaves in bottle of glass.

Add CAPTAIN MORGAN White Rum, sugar, lime juice and muddle.

Add crushed ice and top with soda; garnish with mint leaves and cranberries for a mistletoe look.

CIROC_French 76

CÎROC French 76

1 oz. CÎROC Ultra Premium

0.5 oz Lemon juice

0.5 oz. Simple syrup

0.5 oz. Sparkling Wine

Dark grape or your favourite dark berry

Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled flute glass.

Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a dark grape.

Smirnoff_The Mash Up


1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF Raspberry

3 oz. Cranberry juice

1 oz. Orange juice


Fill glass with ice and add SMIRNOFF Raspberry

Top with cranberry juice & orange juice

Garnish with orange slice




Sparkling apple cider

Apple slice and herbs or lemon wheel

Combine GRAND MARNIER and sparkling cider in a chilled glass

Garnish with a lemon wheel or apple slice and your favourite fresh herbs to add a touch of seasonal elegance.

With these six holiday inspired recipes, you are sure to impress your guests and keep the holiday cheer going. And if you have the opportunity to let Simon Hooper make a cocktail for you, do it. He is my new crush after an amazing afternoon together!

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Photos: Diageo Canada & Daniel Desforges

Please remember to enjoy responsibly and never drink and drive


Daniel Desforges