Learn to make these tasty signature cocktails for your next holiday party.

You may not be a mixologist, but these signature drinks will have guests convinced you’ve been taking secret bartending lessons. Word to the wise: Leave the fancy bottle spins to the professionals.

1 The Welder


  • 1 1/2 oz Forty Creek Premium Barrel Select Whisky
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz chili syrup
  • 1 chili pepper, for garnish


Pour the whisky, Aperol, lemon juice and chili syrup into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled lowball glass and top with the chili pepper.


2 Brandy Crusta


  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Granulated sugar, for garnish
  • 2 oz Hennessy Very Special Cognac
  • Splash orange curaçao
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Peel of half a lemon, for garnish


Prepare a rock glass by moistening the rim with a touch of the lemon juice and dipping it in the sugar. Combine the cognac, curaçao, more lemon juice and the bitters in a shaker. Shake and strain into the glass. Add 1 ice cube and the lemon peel garnish.


3 Jamaican Honey Soother


  • 2 parts Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old Rum
  • 1/4 part honey
  • 1/2 part fresh lime juice

Directions: Pour the rum, honey and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a coupette cocktail glass.


4 Dark & Stormy

  • 2 oz Chic Choc Spiced Rum
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime wedge, for garnish

Directions: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the spiced rum and then top it off with the ginger beer. Stir, and garnish with the lime wedge.


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