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5 Essential Cocktails for December

Each month Chilled presents you with five essential cocktails based on our National Drink Day Calendar. Don’t forget to reference it so you can prepare for the upcoming holidays.

Throughout all the chaos this month, take some time to give your bar menu one last revamp before the year comes to an end.

Transform your menu into a winter wonderland of flavors and sensations. From warming concoctions infused with spices to velvety delights that evoke the joy of the holidays, these cocktails will be a delight for both your guests and your business.

Here are five cocktails essential for the month.

Sugar Cookie Martini

It’s baking season, which means that on National Cookie Day (12/4), it’s a requirement to drink a cookie cocktail. This Sugar Cookie Martini will give you all those buttery flavors in a boozy-forward drink. Make it more cheery by adding a frosting-coated rim—it’ll taste like a bakery with each sip.

The Ballad of Earl Grey and Chamomile

December can be a cold and snowy month, which means customers will want something to warm them up. Celebrate National Tea Day on December 15 with something comforting and familiar…with a boozy twist. This Earl Grey and chamomile cocktail combines brandy, cinnamon, and lemon and is sweetened with honey. It’s so good, it might even cure a cold!

“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”

National Watch Christmas Movies Day is a day to celebrate in our books. On December 23, settle in with a peppermint and chocolate cocktail. Paying homage to a Christmas classic, “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” is simple to make and is practically foolproof. It’s also an easy drink to double and make for a gathering of friends.


On National Egg Nog Day (12/24), there is only one way to celebrate properly. This Jägermeister cocktail is bound to please all palettes and can be enjoyed for brunch or as a nightcap. It’s creamy from the heavy cream and pungent from the Jägermeister. Top off this festive cocktail with the warming spice of nutmeg.

Royal Buddha

It’s no secret that an end-of-the-year toast always starts with champagne, so ring in the new year and National Champagne Day (12/31) with some extra bubbly and special. It’s sweet from the honey syrup, tart from the fresh lemon juice, boozy from the vodka, and bubbly from the champagne—it’s simple yet elegant. Serve this to your guests this New Year’s Eve and head into 2024 with glee.

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