• Emily Goldfischer

Oh Deer, All the 'Jingle' Ladies, and more Holiday Cocktails You Need Now

Updated: Dec 11, 2021

What a year! All the ups and downs of COVID have us ready to celebrate with a festive drink, what about you? Look no further, we've rounded up some delicious cocktails –– from female mixologists of course –– that will help you "sleigh" the holiday season.


Be the Queen of Christmas with this Beyoncé-inspired cocktail from Paige McGroarty, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager at The Langham, Boston, and architect of the whimsical cocktail menu at the hotel's popular bar, The Fed.

All the Jingle Ladies, an inspired cocktail from The Langham, Boston
On the left, on the left...All the Jingle Ladies, a new holiday cocktail from The Langham, Boston

All The Jingle Ladies

1 oz Half and Half

1 oz Bourbon

1 oz Cognac

.25 oz cinnamon demerara

.25 oz vanilla syrup

2 dashes of black walnut bitters

1 whole egg

Directions: Combine all the ingredients, including the whole egg. Shake, without ice, for about a minute, then shake again with ice, then strain. Serve in a coupe glass, top with the bitters, and use cinnamon dust as a garnish.

From London's Churchill Bar & Terrace, Assistant Bar Manager, Olga Saveljeva gets her inspiration from Rudolf and her upbringing in Latvia, where a hot toddy is always appreciated. Having worked in some of London's finest hotel bars, she's recently joined the team at the Hyatt Regency London–The Churchill, in fashionable Marylebone.

Olga XXX at the Churchill Bar, Hyatt Regency London-The Churchill
Olga Saveljeva at the Churchill Bar, Hyatt Regency London-The Churchill

Oh Deer

30 ml spiced rum

30 ml Malbec wine

25 ml cherry Liquor

35 ml Rooibos Tea

5 ml ginger cordial

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together in a small pot and slowly bring to a boil. Serve warm.

Bringing the heat from the newly renovated Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Scottsdale is bartender Tara O'Connor, with the elegant "Gold Fashioned." She's been tending bar for 15 years and loves to delight guests with her passion for fun and unusual ingredients such as buttered popcorn cotton candy!

Bartender Tara O'Connor, Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
Tara O'Connor, Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Gold Fashioned

2 oz Sierra Norte Yellow Corn Mexican Whiskey

.75 oz Nixta Elote Liqueur

3 dashes Aztec Chocolate Bitters


Pour over a glittered cloud of buttered popcorn cotton candy

The Gold Fashioned cocktail from the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
The Gold Fashioned cocktail from the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Still thirsty? Here are three more cocktails to get you in the holiday spirit, from Chrissy "@socialgingirl" Perrett, a transplanted South African, now London-based cocktail creator, drinks photographer, and Instagram influencer who works with many spirits you’ve likely sampled or even carry in your hotel bar….

Wine Festivi-teas by @socialgingirl
Wine Festivi-teas by @socialgingirl

Wine & Festivi-teas

40ml Noveltea Spiced Tea with Scotch Whisky

10ml Pinot Noir red wine 10ml cranberry liqueur 10ml winter spiced syrup 20ml lemon juice Mix and top up with Prosecco or non-alcoholic bubbles

Beetroot to Yourself by @socialgingirl
Beetroot to Yourself by @socialgingirl

Beetroot to Yourself (non-alcoholic)

70ml Beetroot, Ginger & Orange Tea 25ml blueberry syrup 150ml light tonic Shake with ice and garnish with blueberries and dehydrated orange slice.

All About the Zest by @socialgingirl
All About the Zest by @socialgingirl

All About the Zest 45 ml St Giles Gin 15 ml homemade pomellocello (can sub limoncello) 7.5 ml Liquore Strega 22.5 ml pomelo juice 22.5 ml lemon juice 7.5 ml lemongrass and kaffir lime syrup 1 dash orange bitters

Shake with ice, serve with ice, and a slice of lemon peel.


Chrissy @socialgingirl
Chrissy @socialgingirl

For more drinks recipes and thirst-making photos, check out Chrissy @socialgingirl on Instagram.


Happy holidays!