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The holidays are a time steeped in traditions — especially in New Orleans. For generations, cocktails have been at the center of the festivals and feasts that people enjoy every year. This year, we asked our team to share some of their traditions with you in the form of their go-to holiday cocktails. Read the list, check it twice and mix up a few of your own this holiday season.

Team Member: Jimmy
Holiday Cocktail: Manhattan
Why Manhattan: “They’re dang classy.”
Tools Needed: Chilled glass
Recipe Tip: 2 oz rye or bourbon whiskey, 1 oz sweet vermouth, a few drops of orange bitters, garnished with a cocktail cherry and an orange or lemon peel

Team Member: Cat
Holiday Cocktail: Eggnog
Why Eggnog: “It’s a holiday tradition.”
Tools Needed: Chilled glass, ice
Recipe Tip: Start with Browns Dairy Egg Nog. Then, spike it with Buffalo Trace and serve it sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon. Serve it super chilled.

Team Member: Davis
Holiday Cocktail: Highball
Why Highball: “In my neighborhood, the neighbors would visit every house in the neighborhood during the holidays and we would all drink highballs. By the time they got to certain houses, it was a party! The cocktail reminds me of my parents.”
Tools Needed: Highball glass, bar spoon
Recipe Tip: Keep it casual and on the rocks. Go with Canadian whiskey and either 7 Up or Sprite, whatever you have around.

Team Member: Jim
Holiday Cocktail: Cajun Eggnog
Why Cajun Eggnog: “It’s a Louisiana favorite. I drink it from a tall glass or tumbler (depending on how thirsty I am).”
Tools Needed: Blender
Recipe Tip: 4 parts eggnog, 1 part Southern Comfort 100, blend with ice

Team Member: Stacy
Holiday Cocktail: Brandy Crusta
Why Brandy Crusta: “Living in the Deep South, we are often graced with warmer holiday seasons, and I enjoy brighter notes. The beautiful sugar rim and the bright flavors of the orange and lemon really compliment the cognac and deep flavors of the aromatic bitters; plus cognac always makes me feel a little warm inside.”
Tools Needed: Shaker and strainer
Recipe Tip: 2 oz cognac, half oz orange curaçao, half oz fresh lemon juice, half oz maraschino liqueur, 2 dashes Angostura bitters


Strike Down Social
Signature Events

Strike Down Social

Monday, December 5, 2022
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Historical celebration of Repeal Day with a Prohibition-era cocktail tasting.

Sips and Slices

Sips & Slices: Cocktail and Pie Pairing with Windowsill Pies

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pie and cocktail pairing hosted by Sazerac House cocktail experts and Windowsill Pies.

Barrel to Bottle

Barrel to Bottle

Friday, December 9, 2022
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Bottle your own Sazerac Rye hosted by Sazerac House Distillery Team.

Creole Holiday Tradition
Signature Events

Drink & Learn: Creole Holiday Traditions

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

New Orleans History Discussion and Cocktail Demo Hosted by Drinks Historian Elizabeth Pearce.

Sip and Shop
Signature Events

Sip & Shop

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for our annual Sip & Shop event: a night of music, complimentary gift wrapping, cocktails and light bites. Our Sazerac House experts and local New Orleans vendors will be on hand to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!

Cocoa Rum

Cocoa & Cocktails: Holiday Gatherings

Thursday, December 15, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Holiday inspired chocolate and cocktail pairing hosted by Sazerac House cocktail experts and Piety & Desire Chocolates.

Cheers Headdress

Crafting & Cocktails: Cheers Headdress

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a spirited afternoon of crafting and cocktails! Follow along during a headdress making workshop as you sip on seasonal cocktails and prepare to ring in the new year. Add flair to your holiday outfits and discover creative techniques under the instruction of a local New Orleans artist. Session includes all materials, however guests are invited to bring items from home that they would like to incorporate into their design. Cocktails and snacks will be served. Hosted by The Sazerac House and Elizabeth Zibilich. $50 per person.

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