Homemade cocktail ingredients and batched holiday drinks that make great gifts

Have a cocktail lover in your life and want to make them something unique? Or want a host gift for a holiday party that will stand out against the bottles of wine everyone else is bringing? Here are some cocktail ingredients you can make at home and some batched holiday drinks you can make.

  1. Homemade ingredients
    1. Ginger Liqueur
    2. Allspice Dram
    3. Pineapple Rum
    4. Orgeat
  2. Specific drinks you can batch
    1. Clyde Common’s Tequila Sherry Eggnog
    2. Irish cream
    3. Black Christmas

Homemade ingredients

Ginger Liqueur

I made some last week and it turned out great. Similar to a Domaine de Canton.

The recipe called for brandy as a base, but I used Mount Gay Eclipse rum, as I plan on using this primarily in rum-based tiki drinks anyway.

Get the source recipe at Serious Eats.

Allspice Dram

Sure, you could buy the St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, but making it is easy and you can customize it to your liking.

I used this Alton Brown recipe as the base, then modified it by making a brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla syrup to mix with it instead of the regular sugar. Cloves might be a good addition, too!

Pineapple Rum

Pineapple rum is used in a lot of tiki drinks, but the options that are easy to find at the store mostly suck.

I’m infusing some right now, but instead of white rum, I’m using Smith & Cross, a navy proof lightly aged Jamaican rum that has some nice funk.

You can also speed up the infusion using a sous vide.


Most of the commercial syrups are filled with preservatives and have mediocre flavor. I like the Smuggler’s Cove recipe, which includes a bit of rose water and orange blossom water. You can find it at Punch alongside their Mai Tai recipe, also recommended.

Specific drinks you can batch

Clyde Common’s Tequila Sherry Eggnog

Listen, I know it sounds weird. Tequila and sherry? With milk and eggs? But it is delicious. It has a delightful nutty flavor. It will replace that classic eggnog recipe you’ve been using.

Irish cream

Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen is the queen of delicious food blogging. If you prefer bourbon to Irish whisky, you can use bourbon in this. A vanilla-forward bourbon like Buffalo Trace might be nice.

Black Christmas

Use that allspice dram you made above and combine it with Averna, rye, and orange bitters to make this. Let it rest in the fridge for a while if you can.

Need some glassware to give these away in? The Bormioli Rocco glass flasks are great. They come in 8.5oz and 17oz versions.

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