The KegWorks Holiday MANual – Holiday Cocktail Recipes

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The KegWorks Holiday MANual Part 4: Impressive Holiday Cocktails Anyone Can Make

So you’ve offered to host a get together. Now what?
Picking up a few cases of beer is acceptable when
you have a few people coming over for a game but
it’s just not going to cut it at holiday time.
The most wonderful time of the year is the perfect
time for you to step it up.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of fantastic
cocktails that you can (and should) make. They’re
not difficult, they don’t call for exotic ingredients
and they’re guaranteed to go over much better than
boxed wine.

3 Impressive Holiday Cocktails Anyone Can Make

decoration Traditional Manhattan
decoration Blackberry Bramble
decoration The Merry Magnificent Bastard

Traditional Manhattan

It’s bold, invigorating and as relaxing as a deep tissue massage. The best part is it’s not just for mobsters, ad men and cocktail connoisseurs anymore.
Traditional Manhattan Cocktail
2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 – 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Gourmet maraschino cherry or twist of orange peel, for garnish
Add the whiskey, vermouth and bitters to a rocks glass with
cracked ice (chilled martini glasses have also been used but
we prefer the less “stemmy”option here.) Gently stir, garnish
and serve.
Trade Secrets
For a real Manhattan you need rye whiskey – it doesn’t matter what else you do, if you start with
bourbon, it’s just too sweet
Keep your open bottles of sweet vermouth in the fridge to retain quality
Cocktail garnish peelers have extra wide blades to make orange peeling quick and easy – if you
do it in advance you can save time during your party

Blackberry Bramble

It’s not too fruity but the sweet-seeking ladies will love it just as much as you do.
Blackberry Bramble Cocktail
1½ oz gin
1 lime (juiced and for garnish)
2 tbsp muddled blackberries (about 6 berries)
1½ oz simple syrup
4 – 6 oz tonic water (we wholeheartedly recommend Q Tonic)
Muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, lime juice,
simple syrup and crushed ice. Shake well. Pour into a rocks
, top with tonic water and enjoy.
Trade Secrets
If you don’t have a muddler on hand, use the end of a wooden spoon, then immediately visit to order one
Spring for the good tonic water – it makes a huge difference – the grocery store stuff is made
with synthetic quinine and high fructose corn syrup
A juicer makes life way easier, even a hand held version like this

The Merry Magnificent Bastard

Invented by mixologist Bryan Swanson and very much endorsed by our good friends over at, this drink is wonderfully warming and all kinds of festive.
The Merry Magnificent Bastard
2 oz Bulleit bourbon
1 oz Domaine de Canton (ginger liqueur)
1/8 oz Laphroaig 10-year scotch
2 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir
vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass.
From the inventor: “The ginger in the DdC and clove/spice flavors in the Fee Brothers give the
drink a nice warming touch. Have it with some gingerbread and it’s a holiday.”
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