December 6, 2018

Simple holiday cocktails – celebrate Repeal Day

FILED IN: Cocktails, Recipes

There’s no better way to celebrate Repeal Day – the day Prohibition ended in the United States – than with a few new craft cocktails for your upcoming holiday gatherings. I’ve definitely become a whiskey drinking gal, but Emilee of Tasteful Tatters and I decided to change things up this year. If you’ve been around for awhile you know we LOVE making cocktails together! All of the cocktails this year are rum based and they may have converted me to a rum drinking gal too!

Simple holiday cocktails – Keep The Change You Filthy Animal

This is our take on Faith & Flower’s Milk Punch. IYKYN


  • 4oz spiced rum
  • 4oz apple cider
  • 2 pinches of Chinese 5 spice
  • bottle of pear cider
  • lemon peel – to line rim and then put in the drink
  • garnish with cinnamon stick

This serves 2-3, but you can easily multiply and serve for a larger party in a pitcher or dispenser. Emily did this for her recent holiday party!

Simple holiday cocktails – Say Goodnight Kevin

If you like an Old Fashioned (my go to whiskey drink) this should be right up your alley. It’s our spiced rum version!


  • 2 oz spiced rum
  • 1/4 grapefruit squeezed
  • dash of simple syrup (this is really to your taste, so add more if you’d like it sweeter)
  • 3-5 dashes of old fashioned bitters
  • grapefruit peel – to line rim and then put in the drink

*Feeling boozy? Optional – add a 1/2 shot of brandy

Simple holiday cocktails – lés incompeténts

For more of a the fruity, herby, floral flavors fan!


  • 1/2 ripe pear peeled and chopped
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • juice of 2 clementines
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5oz white rum
  • 1 tsp thyme simple syrup (here’s a simple recipe)
  • top off with champagne

*suggestion – mix drink and let sit for a few hours before serving for fruit getinfused with flavor

Simple holiday cocktails – thirsty for more sangria

Another great party drink! Make a couple batches the night before your party and you’ll be all set!


  • a bottle of white wine (moscato for sweeter / pinot or sauvignon blanc for less sweet)
  • a bottle of champagne
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1.5 cup apple cider
  • 1 bottle ginger beer
  • 2 apples – chopped
  • 1 pear chopped

*pour everything in a pitcher and let chill overnight before serving

Simple holiday cocktails – buzz’s girlfriend

Need a little extra buzz? This is YOUR drink!


  • 3oz aged rum
  • 4oz cold brew
  • 1/2 shot sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 shot chai creme liqueur
  • 3-5 dashes of chocolate bitters

We hope you try one or all of these cocktails for an upcoming holiday get together and are converted to rum drinkers too! Have fun!

PS. If you recognize where we got the titles of the cocktails from, comment below!

Looking for more holiday cocktail inspiration?

Happy Holidays,



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