As we count down the days to New Year’s Eve, we’re sensing a whole lot of shaking, stirring, and sipping at gatherings this holiday season. Whether you’re hosting a family brunch or throwing a soirée, a great drink line-up is key to adding festive cheer and keeping people’s spirits high.
If you’re wondering what to serve this winter, here are five cocktail premixes and gourmet tonics that'll make hosting effortless this holiday season.
Check out how–and–what to shake up at your next get-together. Fair warning: these concoctions are about to leave you very, very merry.
Pronounced oh-tha-nay, which means to infuse in Sanskrit and to pour in Marathi, this Mumbai-based company provides infusion kits crafted out of locally sourced ingredients. All you need to do is pour in your spirit and wait a few hours to let the infusion work its magic. For an afternoon affair, get your hands on Laidback Scarlet, a fruity concoction created for gin and vodka.
- 45 ml of Laidback Scarlet
- 60ml Vodka/Gin
- 120 ml Sparkling Water
- Dash of Cranberry Juice
- Garnish with Basil Leaves
For this drink we recommend our Stria Champagne Flutes by Artisan Lab
Saray & Co.
Co-founded by mixologist Trisha Koparde and two of her friends during the pandemic, Saray & Co. aims to elevate cocktail culture and the home drinking experience in India. The beverage experience start-up provides small-batch syrups and cordials, made with fresh, natural seasonal ingredients. Koparde shares her take on the classic Whiskey Sour, adding a depth of flavour with Saray’s Spiced Honey which is a mix of aromatic spices steeped with honey.
- 60 ml Whiskey (preferably Bourbon)
- 25 ml Saray & Co. Spiced Honey
- 15 ml Fresh lime juice
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill it up with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain the drink into an Old Fashioned glass with ice, garnish with a Star Anise.
For this drink we recommend our Tumbler by Tahir Sultan
Co-created by mother and son duo Jocasta and Jordan Mascarenhas, Bartisans bottles unique flavours so you can make mixologist-level cocktails at home with zero fuss. All you need to do is add your favourite spirit, some ice, and shake or stir. The Apple Cinnamon Mix is well-balanced with a limey sour and hints of bitters that will certainly give you that warm holiday feeling.
Apple Cinnamon Daiquiri
- 60 ml Rum
- 40 ml Apple Cinnamon Mix
- Shake for 15 seconds
- Strain over ice
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick
For this drink we recommend our Registhan Goblet by Khanoom
Sepoy & Co.
Crafted between London and India, Sepoy & Co.’s range of premium botanical mixers are a low-calorie alternative to sugary mixers. The Spiced Grapefruit Tonic Water oozes grapefruit along with hints of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove - making it perfect for the season. If you’re looking to serve an icy, spicy drink, this one’s for you.
Grapefruit Ginger Slush
- 60 ml Vodka
- 45 ml Ginger-Honey Syrup
- 60 ml Orange Juice
- 100 ml Sepoy Spiced Grapefruit Tonic Water
- Garnish with candied ginger or orange slice
For this drink we recommend our Mermaid Glass by Tahir Sultan
An ingredients-focused tonic brand which employs a cold blending process for a balanced flavour and smoothness, Bengal Bay uses organic cardamom and sweet orange which sets it apart from the rest. The Bengal Bay Indian tonic water has a hint of cardamom ending with a citrus finish, and a slight bitter trace from Peruvian Quinine which pairs extremely well with whiskey.
Whisky Ginger Tonic
- 50 ml Whisky
- 10 ml Port
- 120 ml Orange Juice
- 1 bottle Bengal Bay Tonic Water
- 4 slices of orange
- Add ginger and two orange slices to your cocktail shaker. Muddle until fragrant. Add whisky, port, and orange juice. Add ice. Shake for 5 seconds.
- Strain into two glasses filled with ice and top it off with the tonic water. Garnish with orange slices.
For this drink we recommend our Stria Gin Tumbler by Artisan Lab