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New Year’s Eve is the time when everything old and new converge.
It is a time to celebrate the past and the future in one memorable New Year’s Eve party. And to create that memorable party—the one that everyone talks about–you need memorable drinks.
So to help set the stage for that unforgettable New Year’s Eve party, we at Mobile Illumination consulted with San Francisco bartender and mixologist, Kris MacDonald, to bring you five classic Hollywood cocktails inspired by Holiday movies and characters. All five cocktails are a fresh new twist on classic drinks and timeless Hollywood icons, which makes them the perfect companion piece for New Year’s–the time to bridge the past, present, and future. So gather up your old and new friends, your loved ones, and make a toast to 2015 with one (or all five) of our fabulous Holiday cocktails.
Like the voices of Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby, this drink, a twist on the White Russian, combines melodious holiday notes. This arrangement of coffee liqueur, Irish Cream, and peppermint with good vodka will have you crooning along with Crosby in no time. There may not be snow in Los Angeles this Christmas, but your Christmas can still be white with a little Bailey’s in your glass.
–1 oz. Kahlua
–1 oz. Vodka
–1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
–1 Peppermint Candy Cane
Pour vodka and coffee liqueur into ice-filled old-fashioned glass, and finish with Irish Cream on top. Garnish with a peppermint Candy Cane.
John McLane’s Whiskey High-Rise
The High-Rise takes the High-Ball to new heights, adding fresh lemon juice and Cointreau to good bourbon. This drink is guaranteed to make you feel like an action hero without the hassle of vertigo, international thieves, and gun-battles high above LA.
–2 oz. Bourbon
–1 oz. Lemon juice
— ½ oz. Cointreau
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry.
The Clark Griswold
Every good drink should tell a story and this one certainly does. Somehow, all of these unlikely ingredients go together–like klutzy Clark and beautiful Ellen Griswold–to create a wonderful, timeless drink. To top it off, the dash of Blue Curacao will remind you of Clark’s electric blue Christmas lights flickering amidst the snow.
–1 oz. Tequila
— ¾ oz. White Crème de Cacao
— ¾ oz. Cream
— ½ oz. Blue Curacao
Shake up all the ingredients, except Curacao, with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Pour in Blue Curacao at the edge of glass, and let it sink to the bottom. Garnish with fresh-grated nutmeg on top.
The Kevin McAllister
Like Home Alone’s resourceful 8-year-old, Kevin McAllister, this drink is much tougher and more complex than it seems. And unlike the movie, you definitely won’t be drinking this version of the Egg-Beater cocktail alone.
–8 oz. Eggnog
–2 oz. Spiced Rum
–1 oz. Coffee Liqueur
Stir ingredients with ice and strain into oversized snifter. Garnish with fresh-grated nutmeg on top.
The Suzy Who
For those guests who don’t need alcohol to keep the Grinch at bay, try the Suzy Who Mocktail.
–1 dash Rose’s Lime Juice
–8 oz. Sprite
–1 pineapple wedge
Add Rose’s Lime juice to ice-filled Collins glass and top with Sprite. To create the Grinch’s Santa hat, direct one point of a pineapple wedge up, and poke a cherry on the point to complete the Santa cap.