12 Drinks of Christmas-#3: Great Cocktails Smooth the Holiday Weekend!

Here are more great cocktails for this weekend. This is day #3 of the 12 Drinks of Christmas. I have some really unique cocktails to share with you. The flavors are distinctly different via the presentations. I love each one of these! The spirits featured include:

Van Gogh Wild Appel
Caorunn Gin (from SCOTLAND!!)
Van Gogh Vodka
Van Gogh Pomegranate


Apple Vesper
Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru




1 oz. Caorunn Gin
1 oz Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
1 oz. Lillet or Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Baked Apple Bitters (Optional)

Stir ingredients very well with ice and strain over 1 large ice cube into a rocks glass.
Garnish with a floating star anise and apple slice on rim of glass.



Caorunn Apple Smash (This is one super-tasty cocktail that tastes like the best fizzy apple cider ever)


1 3/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
5 oz. Premium Tonic Water
1/4 Red Apple
1/4 Green Apple
2 Cloves


Muddle quartered apples with Caorunn in a cocktail shaker.
Add cloves and shake hard until cold.
Double strain into a tall glass over cubed ice and top with tonic water.
Garnish with thinly sliced red and green apples.

Verry Merry Vodka Cocktail

10 cranberries
1 rosemary sprig, de-stemmed
1/2 oz. honey syrup
1/2 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
1 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
1 oz. sparkling wine (Prosecco or your favorite sparkling wine would be a good fit. It doesn’t have to be expensive but it should have a flavor you like)

Muddle the rosemary and cranberry in the honey syrup and juices.
Add the Van Gogh Vodka plus ice and shake well.
Strain over ice into a rocks glass, top with cold sparkling wine, and stir briefly.
Garnish with a rosemary sprig wrapped in a long grapefruit peel.

If you need a punch for a party, here’s an amazing one from Van Gogh Vodka;

The Holland Holiday punch
packs bold flavor with only a few ingredients.
Our signature Van Gogh Pomegranate goes through an all-natural, double-infusion process that gives it a subtly sweet, slightly tart flavor perfect for fall.


750ml bottle Van Gogh Pomegranate
3 cups cranberry juice
2 cups fresh cranberry-honey mix*
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Serves 25

**Cranberry-Honey Mix:
Add 2 cups fresh cranberries to a container and muddle with 1 cup honey and ½ cup warm water.

Add all ingredients to a punch bowl with ice and stir well to chill and dilute.
Garnish with cloven orange wheels.

Stevie Wilson,




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