Taste the Season: Flavored Liqueurs for Holiday Cocktails

holiday cocktails

When the holiday season comes around, we can’t help but indulge in food and drink spiced with classic holiday flavors like gingerbread, peppermint, vanilla and the ever-sweet cinnamon. This time every year, drink manufacturers introduce their long-awaited seasonally spiced products. In order for you to take full advantage of these flavor wonders, we’ve found a number of flavored liqueurs for holiday cocktails that may help you to step away from that Pumpkin Spice Latte and embrace the other flavors of the season. Three holiday liqueurs, eight cocktail choices. oh, joyful yuletide!

1. Seasonal Starter: Gingerbread

‘Tis the season for gingerbread! The sweet-cinnamon and spicy-clove scent sends us back to all those lovely fresh-from-the-oven holiday cookie memories. Hiram Walker’s Gingerbread Liqueur is a great cocktail mixer that you’ll want to keep around for holiday entertaining.

THE QUEEN’S MEN (exclusive to The Good Stuff) – The first gingerbread man is credited to Queen Elizabeth I, who knocked the socks off visiting dignitaries by presenting them with one baked in their own likeness. Cheers to all the Queen’s gingerbread men with this cocktail recipe exclusive to The Good Stuff!
The Queen's Men


  • Tools :: Cocktail shaker, bar spoon
  • Glass :: Old Fashioned
  • Extras ::  cinnamon stick for garnish
  • Servings :: 2 cocktails


  • 4 oz. Aged Rum {you can substitute with Bourbon if you’d like}
  • 2 oz. Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Tuaca
  • Good splash of Cointreau
  • 1 heaping barspoon of Fig Butter {Trader Joe’s has a great one}


In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Shake well {shake it like you mean it!} and double strain mixture evenly between two cocktail glasses. Garnish each drink with a cinnamon stick.

GINGERBREAD MARTINI – Since this flavor reminds us of Christmas, this cocktail is a bit like making a batch of gingersnap cookies. Takes a little time but well worth the effort in your liquid kitchen. We recommend using the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur in place of gingerbread syrup…give it an extra little holiday ‘umph!’


2. Holiday Spice Combo: Vanilla & Cinnamon

Think of sugar cookies dusted with cinnamon sugar for a minute. Oh yeah…yummy! Famous spirit maker Baileys has taken the classic Baileys flavor and combined it with Madagascar vanilla & cinnamon for a happy holiday treat. Baileys has won more gold medals than any cream liqueur in the world and once you buy a bottle of their Vanilla Cinnamon Holiday liqueur, you’ll want more than just one cocktail so here’s 4 fun holiday shots.

VanillaCinnamonBaileys ShotsSource: Baileys

BAILEYS DERBY GIRL – A holiday shot with some true Southern flair, this recipe brings together the best of the classic julep with a uniquely Baileys twist.

BAILEYS RICH & FAMOUS – This brings you the taste of the good life, courtesy of Ciroc Amaretto and a cherry on top!

BAILEYS IRISH MILK & HONEY – Irish whiskey is mellowed with the creaminess of the Baileys and the sweetness of a honey drizzle for a shot that’s not to be missed.

BAILEYS SWEET & VICIOUS – Take your night up a notch with this tasty blend of Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon and the sweet kick of Don Julio Blanco Tequila. The strawberry garnish is oh-so-sweet.

3. Just Like Candy: Peppermint

Kahlua makes a limited edition flavor just in time for the holidays ~ Peppermint Mocha. The luxurious blend of cool peppermint and dark chocolate complement the rich flavors of Kahlúa, made from 100% Arabica coffee beans and sugarcane spirit.

PEPPERMINT WHITE RUSSIAN – There’s a world of possible cocktails to make with this lovely spirit, but nothing beats this great drink to serve at a holiday party.


SNOW CAP – There’s nothing more comforting at the end of a long day of shopping than a nicely spiked hot chocolate! Kick your feet up and relax with this holiday wonder.

SNOW CAP Source: Drink of the Week

What’s so fun about these holiday liqueurs is the fact that as you can see from the recipes above, they are quite versatile for cocktail making. Depending on your recipe choice, the liqueurs vary in flavor from sweet to spicy, so not all cocktails are sugary dessert drinks. With such a low cost of entry (most are found for under $25/bottle) they are well worth the investment. Nothing like a few seasonal spices to liven up your holiday mixology sessions. Happy entertaining!


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