Appleton’s Christmas Cheer Cocktails

 SPARKLE YOUR FESTIVITIES WITH APPLETON’S IRRESISTIBLE HOLIDAY COCKTAILS! 

Winter in Kingston

Inspired by the winter spirit in Kingston, Oleks Lurchenko curated this winter spin on a Negroni to bring you warmth and coziness. 

Ingredients

1oz Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve 
1 oz Campari 
0.5oz Ancho Reyes 
0.5oz Ginger-Cranberry Cordial* 
2 drops Fee Brothers Whiskey Aged Bitters 
Orange Wheel Cranberries Rosemary Sprig 

Directions

  • Combine all other ingredients to a cocktail shaker. 
  • Fill with ice and shake vigorously until chilled. 
  • Strain into a rocks glass over 1 large ice cube. 
  • Garnish with an orange wheel, cranberries and a rosemary sprig. 
  • Ginger-Cranberry Cordial: In a saucepan add 1 cup cranberries (100g), one 1” piece of ginger chopped, 1 cup water and ½ cup of sugar. Warm over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. As the mixture comes to a boil, you will hear the cranberries pop. Once boiling, press cranberries to the bottom or side of the pan to help any that haven’t popped to release the flavours. Boil for 3-5mins then remove from heat. Let cool and then strain into a sealable container. Store any leftovers in the fridge. 

 Hibernator’s Vacation

Canadian Winters have some of us craving warm spices but also tropical vacations – this drink is the best of both worlds. 

Ingredients

1.5oz Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve 
1.5 oz Oat Milk 
0.5oz Maple Syrup 
3 heavy dashes Angostura Bitters 
Soda Water 

Garnish

Star Anise pod 
Freshly grated nutmeg 

Directions 

  • Combine Appleton Estate Rum, Oat Milk, Maple Syrup and Angostura Bitters with ice. 
  • Shake for 15 seconds until chilled. 
  • Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with soda water. 
  • Garnish with star anise and freshly grated nutmeg. 

Bush Plane 

For those who fully embrace the holiday months, this Appleton Estate recipe curated by Skye Plowman highlights the flavour of the season, molasses. 

Ingredients

2oz Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve 
0.5 oz Aperol 
1oz Root Beer & Coffee Bean Syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters 
4 dashes Angostura bitters 
1 orange wheel 

Directions

  • Combine Appleton Estate Rum, Aperol, Root Beer Syrup and Orange Bitters with ice. 
  • Stir thoroughly for 30+ seconds. Set aside. 
  • Place the orange wheel in a chilled coupe glass and soak with 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters. 
  • Strain the cocktail gently into glass over the orange wheel. 

*Root Beer & Coffee Bean Syrup: Add one 500ml bottle of root beer and 10-12 coffee beans (intact or cracked but not ground) to a saucepan. Boil until reduced by two-thirds. One 500ml bottle will produce approx 175 ml of syrup. Store any leftover syrup in the fridge 

Bessarion Station 

Curated by Niels Aarlev-McLeod, this is classic and dry with a tropical twist – the perfect nightcap for any season. 

Ingredients 

2oz Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve 
0.5 oz Cynar 
0.25oz Dry Vermouth 
1 bar spoon Maraschino Liqueur 
1 bar spoon Orange Liqueur 
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters 
Absinthe rinse 

Garnish

Grapefruit Peel 

Directions

  • Few drops of Absinthe to a cocktail coupe – rinse and dump before setting aside. 
  • Combine all other ingredients to a mixing glass. 
  • Fill with ice and stir until chilled. 
  • Strain into prepared glass and garnish with a grapefruit peel. 

Trina Stewart is the Editor of HOMES+ Locale Magazine. Originally from Cambridge, Ontario, Trina loves exploring the area and embracing the activities, events, and local businesses.

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Trina Stewart is the Editor of HOMES+ Locale Magazine. Originally from Cambridge, Ontario, Trina loves exploring the area and embracing the activities, events, and local businesses.