NEFT Staff Picks: Top Cocktails for the Winter Holidays

The days are shorter, the weather is colder, and the winter holidays are just around the corner. Whether you’re throwing a big holiday party or just relaxing on a chilly afternoon, we’ve got the perfect cocktails to put you in the festive mood.

Best cocktail for impressing your holiday guests: NEFT Nouvel

This versatile cocktail is simple to prepare, but will instantly add an air of sophistication to your holiday get-together. Serve NEFT Nouvel at a formal sit-down dinner or pass it around at your ugly sweater party. Either way, your guests will be saying “Cheers!”

  • 1.5 oz NEFT vodka
  • 0.25 oz limoncello
  • 0.25 oz suze
  • Champagne to top

Add vodka, limoncello, and suze into mixing glass and stir. Strain into a champagne coupe and top with champagne. Garnish with orange twist and anise star.

Best cocktail for satisfying your seasonal sweet tooth: Snowy Day

Treat yourself to something sweet by embracing one of winter’s best flavor combinations: peppermint and chocolate. Make it a white mocha to really tap into that snowy aesthetic (whether there’s real snow outside or not).

  • 1.5 oz NEFT vodka
  • 1.5 oz white mocha liqueur
  • 0.5 oz peppermint schnapps

Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with crumbled peppermint bark.

Best cocktail for spreading Christmas cheer: Erni’s Christmas Wish

As much as we love the holidays, they can also be stressful. After a long day of shopping for presents or cooking a big family meal, you want to relax with a seasonal cocktail that’s as easy to prepare as it is to drink. Well, consider your Christmas Wish granted.

  • 2 oz NEFT vodka
  • 1 sugar cube infused with whiskey barrel aged bitters

Add sugar cube to vodka and stir. Garnish with a flaming medjool date.

Best cocktail for enjoying in front of the fire: Holiday Spice Tea

Cold days call for sitting in front of the fire with a warm drink. Let everyone cozy up together by mixing up a big batch of our Holiday Spice Tea. It’s sure to lift your holiday spirits (and warm you up from the inside out).

  • 1.75 oz NEFT vodka
  • 4 oz Hot spiced tea
  • 32 oz (4 cups) water
  • 16 oz (2 cups) tea, in tea bag
  • 16 oz (2 cups) apple cider
  • 16 oz (2 cups) Williams Sonoma holiday spice blend
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 4 oz (0.5 cups) Grade A maple syrup
  • 5 cinnamon sticks

Combine all hot spiced tea ingredients in a pot on the stovetop. Warm over a medium heat for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and portion into individual mugs, adding vodka to each. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Best cocktail for ringing in the New Year: NEFT New Year

Start the new year off right! Upgrade your celebratory champagne with NEFT, blackberry currant, and a touch of lemon for a sparkling way to toast the old year and usher in the next. Don't forget the edible silver flakes for a little extra sparkle!

  • 1.5 oz NEFT vodka
  • 1 oz blackberry currant juice
  • 1.5 oz champagne
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice

Combine all elements into a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a champagne glass. Garnish with silver flake.

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