Don We Now Our Gay Aperol: Holiday Cocktails

With the holidays around the corner, we at The Empty Closet want to make sure our readers who imbibe (and are of age!) have some boozy ways to celebrate with family and friends.

I challenged Amanda Cole, of The Spirit Room and soon-to-open Lanai, to come up with a new holiday-inspired cocktail for our readers. Here’s what she crafted:

Make the Yuletide Gay


  • 1.5oz Elijah Craig bourbon
  • 1oz heavy cream
  • 1oz coffee – chilled if not cold-brew
  • .5oz Bauchant’s orange liqueur
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 dashes black walnut bitters
  • Fresh grated nutmeg & cinnamon

Put all your ingredients in a shaker tin

Dry shake – that means no ice! –  for 30 seconds, minimum

Strain into glass of your choice

Shave chocolate on top

For other seasonal cocktails try an Upbeet Ginger Snap or a Five Gold Rings:

Upbeet Ginger Snap

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1 oz beet juice (homemade or store bought)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 1 oz ginger simple syrup
  • Dash of Angostura, orange, or other preferred bitters
  • Sparkling water
  • Crushed ice

Pour citrus juice, beet juice, vodka, simple syrup and a dash of bitters into shaker.

Shake for 15 secs

Small handful of crushed ice in a glass

Fill glass halfway with the mix

Top with sparkling water


Five Gold Rings

  • 1.5oz Jim Beam rye or tequila (drinker’s choice)
  • .5oz fresh lemon juice
  • .5oz honey simple syrup
  • .5oz Damiana
  • .125oz fig-cinnamon preserves (optional)
  • Rosemary garnish

Save garnish, combine ingredients in shaker; shake hard.

Pour over fresh ice in rocks glass

Garnish with spanked rosemary


Happy Holidays!