Cocktails for Classic Holiday Movies

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Maggie Walters

There’s nothing like a good binge session with some classic holiday movies! At Colonial Wines and Spirits, we’re here to help you celebrate more—in this case, celebrate with these beloved movies. Here are a few choices paired with cocktails that will really get you in the spirit! 


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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: Eggnog 

While the main character Clark Griswold is encouraging his deranged Cousin Eddy to drive into the middle of nowhere to be left for dead, the two share a punch bowl of eggnog. Whether you’re drinking your eggnog out of moose shaped mugs or not, I think we can all agree that this cocktail is a holiday classic! 

  • 4 eggs, separated

  • 1/2 c. sugar, plus 2 TBSP sugar

  • 2 c. whole milk

  • 1 c. half and half

  • 1/2 c. Larceny Bourbon

  • Whole nutmeg, to grate 

Beat egg yolks and sugar until light in color and sugar is dissolved, set aside.

In a saucepan, combine milk and half and half just to a boil over medium high heat. 

Remove saucepan from heat and gently temper the hot dairy into the egg yolk mixture. Pour liquid back into saucepan and cook until liquid simmers. 

Remove from heat and stir in bourbon. Pour mixture into a bowl and put in refrigerator to chill. 

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks and slowly add in 2 TBSP sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold fluffy egg whites into chilled egg mixture. Serve in preferred glass and grate a healthy serving of nutmeg on top. Enjoy!


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Elf: Maple Whiskey Sour

The main character in Elf – an adult dressed as a Christmas elf – acts like a young child, which includes pouring colossal amounts of maple syrup on anything edible. With this childlike wonder of all things maple, we thought it would be best to feature a maple syrup cocktail! 

  • 1 1/2 oz. Larceny Bourbon

  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 oz. maple syrup 

  • Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well until outside of shaker is frosty. Strain into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with lemon wheel and/or cinnamon stick (optional) Enjoy!


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Home Alone: The Painkiller

This holiday classic revolves around an eight year old boy, Kevin, who has been mistakenly left home by his family vacationing abroad. Kevin must protect his home from two burglars who want to raid it. Kevin gets very creative in warding them off. After watching these two crooks step on a trap of toy cars, be hit in the head with cans of paint, and get their hair singed off by a blow torch, it leaves one reaching for a pain killer – in liquid form, that is! 

  • 2 oz. Plantation Original Dark Rum

  • 4 oz. pineapple juice

  • 1 oz. orange juice

  • 1 oz. Cream of Coconut

  • Grated nutmeg for garnish

Pour all liquids in mixing glass filled with ice. Stir cocktail with long stirring spoon until well-mixed and slightly diluted, about 2 minutes. Strain into a Collins glass, fill with ice and garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg. 


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How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Old Fashioned

This is a holiday movie that has a great message – the true meaning of Christmas – or any festivity, for that matter, isn’t about material possessions. You could say that the two main characters in this Dr. Seuss book-turned-film help the town of Whoville look at this festive time of year in an old fashioned way. Cheers to them for reminding us to take a beat and enjoy time with our loved ones. Sometimes being old fashioned is a good thing, and in this case, a delicious thing!

  • 1 sugar cube

  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 2 oz Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey

  • Orange peel

  • Large ice cube

  • Dark Maraschino cherry (for garnish)

In a rocks glass, muddle orange peel, sugar cube and bitters together. Add large ice cube and whiskey, stir until well-incorporated. Garnish with cherry. 

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