Drinks by Corey Gendreau, Fugazzis

The holiday season has arrived and with it comes a calendar full of get-togethers — including yours. Whether big or small, a memorable party is in the details. No doubt you’ll have the fridge stocked with favorite beers (a good idea) and pop open some bottles of vino (also a good idea). But if you really want to add some festive oomph to your gathering, try some of these crafted cocktails on for size.

Your guests will thank you (and Corey). What are you waiting for? Grab your glass and let’s par-tay!

Carmeltini

Carmeltini

Combine 1 3/4 ounces vanilla vodka, 1/2 ounce kahlua, 3/4 ounce Godiva white chocolate liqueur and 1 ounce half & half in a mixing glass, add ice and stir.

Strain combined ingredients into a carmel-lined martini glass.

Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon and enjoy.

Classic Bourbon Sour

Classic Bourbon Sour

Combine 2 ounces bourbon, 3/4 ounce simple syrup, 3/4 ounce lemon juice and 1/2 egg white into a shaker and dry-shake (no ice).

Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.

Strain into a chilled coupe.

Top with 3-5 drops of Angostura bitters.

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Muddle 2 fresh slices of cucumber in a mixing glass and add 2 ounces tequila, 3/4 ounce Cointreau, 1/2 ounce fresh jalapeño juiced, squeeze 1/2 of lime; add ice and shake.

Strain ingredients over fresh ice into a Tajin-rimmed rocks glass.

Garnish with a slice of cucumber with Tajin.

Blueberry Sidecar

Blueberry Sidecar

Muddle fresh blueberries in a mixing glass and combine with 2 ounces Basil Hayden’s Reserve Rye, 1/2 ounce Cointreau and half squeeze of fresh lemon juice; add ice and shake.

Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a spike full of blueberries.

Cinnamon Old Fashioned

Cinnamon Old Fashioned

Drop a sugar cube in a mixing glass, add 7 dashes of Angostura bitters;  muddle the sugar cube and add a splash of water until you have a nice consistency.

Add ice and 2 ounces bourbon.

Stir with a cinnamon stick and strain over a large ice cube.

Garnish with an orange peel and a cherry.

Add a pinch of cinnamon on the cherry.

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