What brings more smiles to Christmas than Santa? If you said family and friends, you’d be correct.

However, the holidays can be stressful, and sometimes people need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit. And by “Christmas spirit,” I mean a little Irish Cream.

Baileys has a special place in my heart (and on my bar); you see, many Christmases ago, the first bottle of alcohol I ever purchased was this creamy, boozy, bottle of Christmas goodness. What’s more Christmas than Baileys in your coffee while unwrapping gifts, and gorging on a “breakfast” of sugar candies? Why eggnog of course!

So for our special Christmas cocktail why not do something crazy and combine the two most Christmas things I can think of and make them one? That’s right: Irish Cream and Eggnog.

Bailey’s Eggnog
2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Kraken Spiced Rum
1 egg
Cinnamon & nutmeg

Dry shake (no ice) the Baileys, Kahlua, Kraken and egg for 20 seconds. Add ice and a pinch of cinnamon, then shake again for 20 seconds. Strain into a tall ice filled glass, and sprinkle nutmeg overtop. Garnish with a cinnamon stick (optional). Note: Don’t let this sit out too long.

As a surprise, I have an equally delicious second cocktail. We’re going to play with a classic cocktail that we featured earlier this year: the French 75. But to make this drink a Christmas classic we’re going to make it brilliantly red, with a green garnish.

Mistletoe 75
1 oz Tanqueray Gin
½ oz 1:1 simple syrup
½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 spoon frozen raspberries
3 mint leaves
3 oz sparkling rosé

Add the gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, raspberries, and mint into a shaker and muddle the ingredients together. Add ice and shake for 20 seconds. Double strain into a champagne flute and top with sparkling rosé. Garnish with a fresh raspberry on a cocktail pick, and drape a leaf of mint over the glass. See! Looks like mistletoe!

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