Holiday Cheers!

There is one universal gesture that we all see through the holiday season. The toast. Be it to health, or family, or friends the majority of us will be lifting a glass this holiday season in honor of something. So we put together a list of our favorite sodas and spirits that we feel will add to your holiday cheer!

From wholesome to hooch, here’s what we recommend.

Lisa’s favorites:

  • Beer – Easy. Weissbier, sitting in the biergarten on the Neckar river in Tüebingen
  • Wine – Easy too. It’s gotta be from home. Owen Roe’s Sharecropper’s Pinot Noir, 2011
  • Soda – Is this Seltzer water? Goes well in mixed drinks
  • Spirits – Breckenridge Bourbon, neat.
  • Cocktail – “After a bike ride in the summer Margarita”
    1 part Tequila, 1/2 part Grand Marnier, 1/2 part freshly squeezed lime juice
    Muddle 3 lime slices in a short cocktail glass, add ice. In a shaker combine ingredients and crushed ice. Shake and pour. Oh yeah, salt the rim if your sodium deficient from the bike ride.

Cara’s favorites:

  • Beer – New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
  • Wine – Our Daily Red, Orleans Hill Winery
  • Soda – Vernors Ginger Ale
  • Spirits – Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
  • Cocktail – Caipirinha
    1 lime, 2oz of Cachaca(Brazilian Rum), Sugar to taste, ice cubes
    Cut lime into quarters, place in glass. Sprinkle with sugar and crush/muddle for 5 sec. Add the Cachaca and stir to mix. Add ice and stir again. Enjoy!

Jamie’s favorites:

  • Beer – Any variety of Chimay
  • Spirits – Johnny Walker Green Label
  • Cocktail – Knob & Nog
    Knob Creek Whiskey and egg nog
    Add about a shot to your favorite glass of egg nog.

John’s favorites:

  • Beer – Oskar Blues Old Chub
  • Wine – Inniskillin Ice Wine
  • Soda – Virgil’s Root Beer
  • Spirits – Breckenridge Bourbon, rocks
  • Cocktail – Old Fashioned
    1 shot of bourbon, 1 sugar cube, 2 dashes of bitters, Splash of soda water
    Place sugar cube in glass and saturate with bitters. Add a dash of soda water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill glass with ice cubes and liquor. Garnish with orange slice, lemon and a couple maraschino cherries.

Share your favorites in the comments below. Have a happy holiday season.


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